Music games seem to be everywhere these days. More specifically, Guitar Hero is absolutely everywhere, and now with the release of Guitar Hero World Tour, more people are gaining exposure to the game. And for those that love it, they'll be pleased to hear that they can now play it on their mobile phones.
While some gamers are busy enjoying themselves with Guitar Hero: World Tour, which launched on Monday, others are experiencing huge problems with drum sensitivity. In some cases undersensitive, in others oversensitive, the only common theme is frustration. Now publisher Activision has announced a fix to allow the sensitivity of individual drum and cymbal pads to be tweaked; however it's not the in-game simple fix many might have hoped.
The first Guitar Hero: World Tour feedback is coming in, after the game was officially released yesterday, and it's a mixed bag. Some gamers are reporting poor drum synchronization when playing in band mode, with problems calibrating the drum response to the rest of the instruments. There are also some sporadic claims of poor quality control, with some of the drum pads failing to recognize hits.
If you're a Guitar Hero or Rock Band diehard, then this is an accessory you just can't live without. I mean, look at it! The Gene Simmons Axe Guitar is in the shape of a battle axe and just screams awesome.
We've been hearing about it for so long, it's almost a surprise that it hasn't already been released. Still, today's the day and Activision have announced that the much-anticipated Guitar Hero: World Tour has hit shelves. New instruments, new online and offline play modes and, of course, new tracks add up to what will probably be a key holiday must-have. Not only is Guitar Hero: World Tour itself available, but bundle sets including the new wireless instruments.
Logitech have set out to show Starpex that they're not the only people who can make a more realistic, wooden controller for Guitar Hero, with the launch of their Premiere Edition Wireless Guitar. Licenced by Guitar Hero publisher Activision, the controller has a wooden neck, a rosewood fingerboard and metal frets and tuners. Integrated 2.4GHz wireless gives it a 30ft range.
Well this is definitely not cool! According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Rage Wireless Guitars for the Wii are not safe for consumers! 57,000 of the guitars have now been recalled and there's no word if this product will make it back to the market.
Peak Products have finally released their Starpex Guitar Hero and Rock Band controller, made from high-gloss lacquered wood and including both wired and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. The first model to hit shelves is the Obsidian, which as the name might suggest is black; that will be followed on October 31st by Dead Rose and Black Sunburst versions.
The fight got dirty in the netbook arena this week, as Monday saw VIA's Nano CPU take on Intel's Atom with a 1080p smack-down video only to become mired in controversy when bloggers ran the tests themselves and came up with wildly different outcomes. Still, we had Lenovo's finally-official IdeaPad S10 and S9 to cheer us up, together with the rumor that Gigabyte plan a 10-inch dual-core version of the coveted M912 tablet-netbook.
Of course, ASUS couldn't bear to be out of the headlines for a single minute, and so announced the S101 (the size of an Eee, the branding of an Eee, but it's not an Eee) together with a cloud storage option. Netbooks are so much the niche of the moment that this week's "He Said, She Said" editorial was all about whether the best value comes from there or from a second-hand laptop off of eBay.
Libraries have always had their different tactics to keep kids within their walls. Usually those tactics actually involve books though, well now they're tossing in video games like Guitar Hero and “Karaoke”.
They are actually conducting a study involving several libraries throughout the country to see if the video games make kids smarter and increase their literacy. I'm not so sure about all of that, but it can't hurt to draw kids into libraries.
I've questioned the logic behind Activision's choice to call Guitar Hero III “Legends of Rock” due to the lack of actual legends. This has become even more apparent with all of the rock legends showing up in the fourth installment of the game. We've found out that yet another huge name will be appearing as a character in GH:WT, none other than the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osborne.