I got to admit that I haven’t played one lick of a guitar on any of these new rock music video games, but I wanted to find out what the big deal is about these new games. Thanks to Rolling Stone I got an inside look as to who produces them, which bands are signed and why kids from 8 – 80 can’t get enough of them. Once you read it you’ll have just enough knowledge to sound smart if anyone happens to ask you a question.
The competing rock-themed video-game franchises Guitar Hero and Rock Band grossed nearly $1 Billion last year. Rock bands like Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Metallica, the Who, Jimi Hendrix and many more will be making tour stops at Xboxes and PS3s this year.
Since Rock Band and Guitar Hero offer similar game play — the upcoming Guitar Hero: World Tour will even let players take on drums and vocals, Rock Band-style — the games’ makers are increasingly focused on differentiating themselves through deals with major artists.
While the Guitar Hero franchise dwarfs the newer Rock Band — 20.7 million Guitar Hero games have sold worldwide in various incarnations, versus 1.3 million of Rock Band — the latter has the power of media giant Viacom behind it. The company is promoting the game and its downloadable content on MTV and VH1.
Is P.O.D, Lifehouse, Underoath, Switchfoot or any other cool band signed to either of these companies?