Thursday, February 11, 2010

Music Game Notes

I'm still a bit under the weather, really struggling to grind through the week, but this certainly helps. Next week's Rock Band DLC? Five classic Otis Redding tracks. That is a gigantic bag of awesome.

Chris Kohler has an interesting article over at Game|Life that dicusses Activision's earnings conference call--in particular, their release schedule for music games this year. Only two new games (a new Guitar Hero and DJ Hero) and less than 10 SKUs (down from 25 last year).

Of note: no full-band games. Is Activision abandoning the band genre entirely? Certainly "backing away" is a fair description, at a minimum. [Jason Barr e-mailed with a good point: Guitar Hero 5 was a full band game, so there's no reason to think that GH6 won't be. I was thinking more of there being no Band Hero game this year, but Jason is still right.]

I'm baffled as to why Activision thought that consumers were a kind of perpetual motion machine when it came to purchasing instruments and games. Instead of nurturing the market, Activision acted like they were strip-mining instead. Retailers: no one has an inexhaustible appetite for anything.

I meant in the gaming world. Do not e-mail me about porn.

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