Monday, April 21, 2008

God Bless Innovation, aka Greed Hero

    Hey, just wanted to make a quick post to give an update on the status of this blog and just touch on some gaming news I just read today.

    So first off, as you can see, I haven't "revived" the blog yet. But I am still writing articles; for instance, I wrote my reviews for Half-Life 2, HL2: Episode One, and HL2: Episode Two a little while ago and am planning on writing reviews for Portal, Team Fortress 2, and a few others pretty soon. I've got some comprehensive features cooking up and I've already finished making the graphical banners for everything I've mentioned plus all the stuff I haven't. I've just got to keep at it and make sure I've got enough to make sure that this revival won't be futile.

    Second is that I have no idea what Activision is thinking by incorporating additional instruments into Guitar Hero IV. Well, actually, I know exactly what they're thinking: cha-ching! They're certainly not thinking about innovation, because I could've sworn I've heard of that idea somewhere before...

    But instead of corrupting the Guitar Hero franchise, why not just come out with some side franchise? Call it Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll and just take all the crazy stuff of Guitar Hero like battling against the Devil and having intense guitar fights and just run with it. Take it to the extreme. Make it about being on tour and really living the rock star lifestyle with your band. If you want to make an analogy out of it, then how about Madden : Blitz :: Rock Band : Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll.

    That'd be badass. Obviously it's a terrible idea for marketing and family value and they're smart enough not to actually do it, but you have to admit it would be fun.

    But you get my point. It just doesn't make sense to be playing drums and singing in a game called Guitar Hero. Honestly? Guitar Hero sales are good enough where they don't really need to worry about ripping off Rock Band. All they need to worry about is getting their downloadable music act together. The folks behind Rock Band are certainly reaping the benefits of it.

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