February 10, 2011 |
Striking the death knell for a once-hot music game business, Activision Blizzard Inc. said Wednesday that it would disband Guitar Hero and scrap development of a Guitar Hero title slated for this year. At the same time, the Santa Monica company told analysts during a conference call to announce fourth-quarter results that it would invest heavily in creating an online service dubbed BeachHead for an existing video game, Call of Duty. Activision, which provided little detail on the upcoming service, also dropped hints about a new product it plans to announce next week at Toy Fair in New York, as well as a new multi-player online title from its Blizzard Entertainment studio in Irvine.
March 22, 2008 |
Gibson Guitar Corp. said Friday that it had filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc.'s MTV networks and Harmonix, as well as Electronic Arts Inc., relating to the wildly popular "Guitar Hero" video games. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee, relates to the same patent involved in another suit Gibson filed earlier against various retailers, the Nashville-based guitar maker said. The "Guitar Hero" series has sold more than 14 million units in North America and raked in more than $1 billion since its 2005 debut.
July 3, 1988 |
Jimmy Page, the revered ex-Led Zeppelin guitarist, was standing on the small balcony of a suite in a posh Beverly Hills hotel on a recent afternoon, leaning against a chest-high railing and peering at the ground 14 floors below. The idea of jumping--as an option to being interviewed again--may have crossed his mind. That's how much he hates meeting the press. Page had just finished one interview with MTV, but now was sentenced to another.
March 16, 2009 |
The Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games have become huge hits, generating $1.6 billion in North American sales last year from players who love jamming along with music legends. But now customers may be singing an old blues classic: "The Thrill Is Gone." After surging 68% in 2008, sales of music games are expected to be stagnant this year. Though new versions still do well, they don't catch fire the way they used to.
March 18, 2008 |
The latest sign of a video-game "Revolution"? You may soon be able to plug in and play guitar in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Martin N. "Marty" Bandier, the top executive at the music publishing company that owns the John Lennon-Paul McCartney copyrights, said he liked the idea of a dedicated Beatles edition of Guitar Hero, Activision Inc.'s hugely popular video-game franchise.
October 17, 1988 |
Richard Thompson had a nifty rejoinder when he began to be flooded with requests during his late show Friday at the Roxy: "We did all the great ones in the first show," he told the adoring audience. "The record company came to the first show, you see. . . ." Ah, that Richard, what a kidder. So only three of the dozen-plus songs in the late set were repeats from his earlier show.