“Your nobody till somebody kills you” (c) Notorious B.I.G
Source: Big Boy
via USA Today
Both rappers are bringing their music to the newest offshoot of Activision’s successful $2 billion Guitar Hero franchise. The game, played with a turntable-shaped controller, is due out this fall for PlayStation 3, PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii (no price or rating yet).
A special edition comes with the rappers’ new greatest-hits CDs, possibly including previously unreleased tracks, plus an advanced version of the controller, a DJ stand and metal traveling case. Jay-Z and Eminem will serve as consultants to Activision and the game’s developer, FreeStyleGames. Read more…
Video games are poised to “eclipse” all other forms of entertainment, according to games studio boss Mike Griffith.
The Activision chief made the bold call during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
He said video games were prospering as interest in almost every other category of entertainment declines.
Mr Griffith said social gaming, more interactivity and better technology would help gaming dominate the entertainment landscape in future.
He said: “Movies, recorded music and TV – these are all stagnating or contracting entertainment sectors.”
He quoted US market statistics which showed that between 2003 and 2007 sales of movie tickets fell by 6%; the number of hours of TV watched dropped by 6%, sales of recorded music slumped 12% and purchases of DVDs remained flat.
Over the same four-year period, said Mr Griffith, the video game industry grew by 40%.
“Video games are poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment in the decade ahead,” he said.
Gamers will spend longer with James Bond than moviegoers
The success of Guitar Hero, said Mr Griffith, showed how influential gaming had become on many other entertainment sectors.
He quoted Nielsen SoundScan data which showed that artists whose music featured on Guitar Hero had seen a rise in download sales of 15-843%.
The game had proved so popular that some bands, such as Metallica and Aerosmith, were bringing out a version of the game that only features their music. Read more…
My partner and I were just talking about what the Hip Hop answer to mega hit Rock Band & Guitar Hero would be and when we would see it in the marketplace. Well I have found some info over at the mighty Gizmodo site and it lead me to their sister site Kotaku which has some great info on this game which I believe has the potential to be bigger than both of these. Could really be a boon for the recording industry.
Recent Activision acquisition FreeStyleGames is hard at work on DJ Hero, a music rhythm game that will let gamers scratch to the beat of popular mash-ups with a laptop turntable peripheral, informed sources tell us today.
The game, which has been in development for nearly two years, is expected to hit shelves next summer and will likely include the ability to use Guitar Hero guitars for versus mode face-offs.
Hotels across the US are aware that they are competing for a diminishing pool of duckets so they are incorporating new incentives to become patron’s choice of destination. Including Wii Sports and Guitar Hero is not a bad start. Hotels are clamoring over themselves to collaborate with Nintendo and Microsoft to lock down customers eager to entertain themselves while away from home. One hotel is even proposing a XBox Live network that will allow guests to play one another for free. Another hotel, Hotel Monaco out of Seattle is even hosting a Guitar Hero night (think Karaoke) at the bar which I’m sure keeps the tap flowing. Ingenious move for the Hospitality Industry, don’t ya think?