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RIP Guitar Hero

Goodnight, sweet prince.

Oh, did you want to play?

I remember the first time I saw Guitar Hero. My friend and I stood around at Best Buy watching one asshole hog the demo for a good 15 minutes.  We heard the same songs over and over again, asking ourselves “Is this cool?  It seems cool, but is it lame?”  Some people say rhythm gaming is a lame excuse to be lazy and not learn how to play a real instrument.  I say Guitar Hero introduced a way for gamers to combine their passion for music and their passion for gaming in one absolute experience.  For a true lover of rock music and for passionate gamers, Guitar Hero was a true gaming gem.  It was like combining peanut butter and chocolate, or monster trucks and beer; you love it so much that you’re sad that you didn’t get to experience it sooner.

And now, Guitar Hero is dead.  And why?  Activision milked the golden goose until it bled from its teats.  With nine titles in nearly the last 18 months, and no significant change in game play, the Guitar Hero franchise has lost its luster.  This isn’t the first time a franchise has been beaten to death by sequel after sequel after half-assed sequel.  Activision is guilty of this crime many times throughout its history, most recently with the Tony Hawk series which had become stagnant after multiple released in quick succession with little improvement in each game.  The response of the company wasn’t to enhance the quality of game play and give fans what they wanted.  Instead they made a new skateboard controller that didn’t work properly.
Guitar Hero only needed a little time away from the fray.  It needed retooling and it needed its greatest attributes to be resurrected and brought into the forefront of game play.  The final installment of the series is a testament to Activision’s diluted sense of what consumers want and it’s blatant lack of regard for releasing a quality product.  Do gamers want a better, wider range of songs?  Do they want a new experience via gameplay?  Do they want a better multiplayer system?  More real rock stars in the game?  Nope.  They want to turn into super heroes and ANIMALS!

Insert Animorph references here.

Not cool.

What really gets to me is that I defended Guitar Hero, which I still believe has a better looking interface than Rock Band.  Even when Rock Back took an obvious lead in the genre, I stood by my old friend, Guitar Hero.  Now, they jumped the shark and sank.

RIP Guitar Hero.