OXCGN’s Rocksmith Review

OXCGN’s Rocksmith Review

For those to (realistically) rock

by Gav Ross

©2012 Gav Ross

Imagine how good you’d be if you spent all that time playing a real guitar instead of a plastic one.

It’s a line that has been haunting Guitar Hero and Rock Band tragics for years.

Being able to five-star hundreds of songs in either game’s Expert mode or nail a Dragonforce solo close to perfection is an admirable feat, to be sure, but even the most ardent defenders of the rhythm genre would have, at some point, had that nagging feeling deep in the recesses of their mind that maybe, just maybe, the naysayers are right.

The skill of being able to proficiently flex your digits across a few coloured buttons on a Fisher Price-like neck to match corresponding notes on a TV screen – what use does that serve in the real world, especially when there’s a realistic alternative?

Ubisoft’s entry to the rhythm game race is somewhat late, since the peripheral-based market effectively bottomed out almost three years ago, leaving sets of dusty, battery-draining drums and guitars hidden under beds and destined for landfill.

Rocksmith is a game-changer; the evolution of the genre we all imagined might one day be possible.

It’s just a shame it’s a tad tardy; if it dropped sometime between the second and third Guitar Hero releases in 2007/8 it would have changed the landscape completely.

Rock this way

Crying Doom for Call of Duty

Crying Doom for Call of Duty

Activision’s Flagship Franchise is not Long for this World

by Nicholas Capozzoli

©2012 Nicholas Capozzoli

In the fall of 2007 I was just beginning my first semester of grad school. Following a new friend’s suggestion one night, we ventured over to a nearby dive bar for a few pitchers, and to play a video game that the place was featuring as part of their nightly special.

The game was Guitar Hero.

My friend, as it turned out, was well versed with plastic instruments, blasting through Blue Oyster Cult‘s Godzilla as I plinked and plunked my way through alongside him. But as each new track went by I found myself rapidly improving, upping the difficulty and powering through tough solos with aplomb.

A passion was born that night, one that followed through to the release of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. I beat Metallica’s One to the cheers of classmates in studio. I remember the desperate relief and aching fingers that came from surviving Slayer’s Raining Blood.

But in the span of just a couple years my plastic guitars collect dust under my TV. Literally, they’re dust magnets. The most activity that they see is when they occasionally fall over and scare my dog.

The problem is self-evident: the instrument rhythm genre suffered from profuse over-saturation.

A staggering twelve games were released under the Guitar Hero name for consoles between 2005 and 2010, and that doesn’t include portable titles or mobile apps. There was far more than even the most devoted gamer could possibly want, and when the players found themselves sated, the bubble burst hard.

Two years out from the rhythm game implosion, and the genre is a radioactive wasteland.

Mutants like Rocksmith and BandFuse sift through the rubble, looking for scraps. Harmonix, maker of the original Guitar Hero and the Rock Band series, was sold for $50, and that’s not even a joke.

Is the end nigh? See for yourself…

Cobain Chaos: Why Harmonix Wins & Activision Gets Sued

Why Activision “Knows Not What It Means”

by ChiefJimbolaya

© 2009 Aaron Klein

Kurt cobain oxcgnThere is a big hub bub on the net right now over the use of Kurt Cobain’s likeness as an unlockable character in Guitar Hero 5. This means Cobain can be the front man of your band while you perform the hits of Flava Flav and Bon Jovi.

While that may not initially seem like a big deal- gamers love unlockable characters- anyone familiar with Cobain’s work will get a creepy vibe upon watching this video of Cobain’s doppleganger in action.

• Activisions ‘vision’ of Kurt Cobain

Now compare that to some real footage of Cobain performing:

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Harmonix Shows Activison How It’s Done

Oxcgn E3 harmonix


©2009 Aaron Bertinetti (News Editor)

There was a split second at the start of Microsoft’s keynote yesterday when I questioned not only the keynote but what the hell was so special about The Beatles: Rock Band?

All We Needed Was Love
All We Needed Was Love

But just five minutes later, even before Ringo and Paul trotted out (noticeably from the opposite side of the stage to Yoko Ono) I was sold. And it wasn’t just myself, there seemed to be a general consensus amongst press and the guys at Infinity Ward who I happened to sit with.

In an effortless, nostalgic trailer, Harmonix conveyed exactly why their music games are so loved, and how much they themselves love The Beatles. It’s that love of music that really shines through with Harmonix titles and in my mind at least sets them apart from Activision and Neversoft’s more blatantly commercially motivated licensed efforts, with GH: Metallica being a striking exception rather than the rule.

Let’s share the love . . .>

Rock Band – Australian pricing official – confirmation of SKY-high $520

EA confirms exorbitant pricing on Rock Band in Aust & New Zealand

$AU520 for the privilege of owning a full playable set for Rockband

by XboxOZ360

©2008 Grant Smythe:

Well we know prices are dear here, we sort of expect it as a matter of course, but EA’s official announcement of pricing for Harmonix’s Rock Band is at $AU520 to fully equip yourself out with the full rig, while in NZ the same was announced with GamePlanet beginning to take orders for a game being released in OCTOBER.

Now for a “game” that is ludicrous to a major extent. It smacks of “we don’t care about your market” and you’ll pay it if you want it bad enough. Seriously, that’s more than the cost of a top level SKU console. When we look at prices of the same item in the UK or the US, there’s a huge difference in pricing. Why, don;t tell me there’s a huge difference in the costing of UK Pal game to the Australian PAL game, when they are both supposed to be the same.

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