By Chris Scott Barr
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. I'll rock just about any plastic instrument that you throw at me. Well, almost. Last year Activision released Guitar Hero for the DS, which left a bad taste in my mouth, and a cramp in my hand. After playing through as many of the tracks as I could bear, I took out their special controller and never even considered playing it again. Not only was it uncomfortable to play, but it turned a portable device into something bulky that I wouldn't dream of carrying around. Well guess what, they're at it again with a new instrument.
Not content with just letting us play guitar, Activision will be launching Band Hero with a “drum grip” for the DS. The drum grip slides onto your DS lite (no, it won't work with your shiny new DSi) and does two things. First, it lets you turn your D-pad and two buttons into a set of four drum pads. It also appears to prevent you from actually closing your DS. Once again defeating the purpose of having a portable device by not letting you take it anywhere. Look for it sometime this fall.
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