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Guitar Hero still outsells Rock Band

Rock Band might be the critically darling at the moment, but most gamers still flock to Guitar Hero, says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. Speaking at an investor conference last week as reported by Kotaku, Kotick said: “We’re outselling [Rock Band] 6:1. When you think about the access we have to 30 percent of the world’s music at Universal, we have a unique advantage.” Guitar Hero, often considered the original gangster of North American music games, first launched in 2005 for PlayStation 2, enjoying instant success. Two years later, MTV Games upped the ante when releasing Rock Band, replete with toy drums and a microphone in addition to guitar and bass.

“Our nearest comthe petitor [EA/MTV Games] has a couple hundred people working on these projects,” added Kotick. “We have close to 2000 people just dedicated to the Guitar Hero note tracking, introduction of new hardware, and introduction of new software, so we just have a lot more in the way of resources available to us to continue to dominate the category.” This holiday, the rhythm wars will continue when Activision releases its response to Rock Band in the form of Guitar Hero World Tour, which features a song creation mode in addition to improved drums and instruments when compared to Rock Band. Rock Band 2 launched Sunday for Xbox 360, and will follow in the coming months on Wii, PS3, and PS2.

Source: PC World


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  1. OsT
    September 21st, 2008 | 12:13


  2. Atomic Tractor
    September 21st, 2008 | 12:34


    Funny Man returns to EZTV 17.10.08

  3. Pop006
    September 21st, 2008 | 14:44

    Guitar Hero AEROSMITH comes out on PC tomorrow (sept 22)… If you dont believe me check the Wikipedia page… Not a song pack for GH3, but the real deal. Cant wait to download that one!

  4. trash
    September 21st, 2008 | 14:50

    im so sick of gh3 and the other sh*t

  5. Blaklock
    September 21st, 2008 | 14:56

    This is too funny…. Of course Guitar hero out sells Rock band 6:1…. They have GH 1, GH 2, GH 3, GH: Aerosmith, the 80′s collection, the GH on the DS, and I am sure I am forgetting one possibly to add up to get one big total sales amount.
    Rock Band has what? Rock Band to add up for it’s total sales…

    And as for the equipment…. Sure GH: World Tour may have a cooler looking drumkit, but the new Rock band kit comes with expansion ports for additional cymbals and a highat for further expansion in the future…

    And if GH was so great, why did it have to follow in the foot steps of Rock band by adding a drumkit and a mic?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think both games are kick ass, and I have everything available for the 360 in both lines of games, I just find one is better in a few areas, and the other is better in others…

    Just my opinion and comments tho, I know others will disagree and that’s cool, and I know others will go even further to insult me for not agreeing with them totally, but hey that’s cool to, we’re all entitled to our opinions

  6. Choco
    September 21st, 2008 | 15:22

    GH is pretty fun, but I still highly prefer RB over any of the GHs. I like all the instruments you can choose from, the songs are better to me in RB (and you can download more), and I personally like to play the drums.

    But like Blaklock says, both games are really fun. My g/f likes GH more than RB, so it’s all a matter of opinion.

  7. pol car
    September 21st, 2008 | 15:26

    What a shambles the rock band team are….they cant even give us in the UK the courtesy of a simultaneous worldwide release, meaning the game is old by the time we get it….well done Guitar Hero for releasing World Tour at the same time(7th November I hear)….for this reason I will never buy Rock Band 2…..they(Harmonix) don’t even have the decency to make Rock Band 2 region free (they make more money locking them up), so we need to wait months on it coming out….a complete disgrace.

  8. g4ymer
    September 21st, 2008 | 15:42

    if there is one gamecompany that truely sucks more with each release it is american corporate mafia EA.

    Hated NfS Pro? Wonder why each game has lousier controls? Dont want GTA5 to be a lame US title?
    Well, too bad for you…EA hates people and therfor will ruin every title they get their hands on. Let us just hope they never buy Take2 or even R*.

  9. E71
    September 21st, 2008 | 15:48

    Hooray.. crap outsells crap!

    To those to play crap: Learn how to play a real guitar and maybe you’ll finally meet a girl.

  10. Pop006
    September 21st, 2008 | 15:56

    I’ve been waiting for you… Should people that play video games with guns go out and learn how to shoot real guns? Should people go out and learn how to drive real cars at mach 5 around city streets? or how about fight off zombies with swords? Come on man, its a VIDEO GAME, its ENTERTAINMENT! if you dont want to read about an article, stay the eff away. Maybe you should go outside and stop posting on rls comments to try to p*ss people off, maybe then you will get a girlfriend, or at least a hooker

    September 21st, 2008 | 16:22

    My 6 year old, wife and my self love playing Rock Band. We have all the Guitar Hero’s, but we still prefer to play RB. Our band name is The KOOLZ.

  12. Hitokiri
    September 21st, 2008 | 17:12

    to think that Guitar hero has a 6:1 ratio against Rock Band. I’m not being biased or anything I love games but

    Guitar hero – Older (More to the series), Worldwide, same month launch of every version (Gh2, Gh3 ect)
    Rock band – Newcomer, guys who started the GH Franchise Harmonix, U.S Release until 4-5 months ago when it was released in Europe (finaly) and RB2 is not due out in Eu god knows when. Australia, Japan, New Zealand still has yet to receive any word when it will receive the first one despite a year late and after RB2 is out.

    As I said not trying to be biased or flaming but come on GH sells more sinces it out in every country the same time it’s out in U.S.A

    and finally yes i do own both GH2,3 and Rock band 1 (Since I can’t import a PAL version yet)

    /end rant:)

  13. Bruiser
    September 21st, 2008 | 17:21

    In response to number 9. I do play real guitar and enjoy guitar hero very much. As do all the characters that have participated in the guitar hero series……

  14. dogymmot
    September 21st, 2008 | 17:32

    Rockband 1 + 2 is awesome!I have guitar hero as well (all of them for my modded ps2) but i never play it. Rockband 2 is the sh*t cause you can import almost all of the original’s soundtrack to it (+ all your downloaded songs). I have over 200 songs to choose from right now, and it comes with a credit for 20 free songs. I like the guitar hero series that started it all, but I think the world tour move is just a copycat. so be it. my money goes to rockband.

  15. john
    September 21st, 2008 | 17:37

    Ive been playing Guitar Hero Aerosmith but I only use the controller. Its more challenging.

  16. Kissfan101
    September 21st, 2008 | 18:20

    Please put down the plastic toys and spend 1/2 the time you’ve wasted in from of the TV playing pretend rockstar and pick up a REAL guitar and become a REAL rockstar!

    Women are much more attracted to REAL musicianship than high scores on a video game….

  17. Pop006
    September 21st, 2008 | 18:43

    My girlfriend LOVES it when I rock out to Guitar Hero 3 in my underwear!

  18. steven
    September 21st, 2008 | 18:44

    Please put down the plastic toys and spend 1/2 the time you’ve wasted in from of the TV playing pretend gangster and pick up a REAL gun and become a REAL gangster!

    Come on kissfan are you an idoit its just a game to have fun…thats it…so should i go get a gun and kill people or race illegally in the streets…or go play for nfl cause i like playing madden…

  19. cybernoles
    September 21st, 2008 | 19:09

    …and in my opinion, it didn’t help that Rock Band 2 was exclusive to XBox for the first month or so of release. I guess Microsoft is willing to shell out the money to make that happens. I guess they think that will allow them to compete with PS3 and Wii. They can buy the exclusive release and at the same time revamp the 360 and have a “dual” release.

    By the way, several of the posts above were dead on. Guitar Hero has a million different versions of the game on sevaral platforms. I would hope they could sell more. As the one guy said; if they were so good why did they redo theirs to be like Rock Band…

  20. B.A.
    September 21st, 2008 | 19:38

    I wish more people knew the fact that Harmonix, who currently makes ROCK BAND, were the original creators of Guitar Hero.

    They developed Guitar Hero 1 and 2, which started the genre.

    All Activision is doing is running Guitar Hero into the ground, just like they did with the Tony Hawk games.

  21. Pegasus
    September 21st, 2008 | 20:06

    Glorified ‘Simon says’ bullsh!t. Pro tip: go look up the word ‘gameplay’ and try getting good at something where your CHOICES matter instead of blindly obeying coloured visual cues rushing towards you.


  22. Pop006
    September 21st, 2008 | 23:35

    I thought everyone knew that.
    Just because half the team that started the origional product have left does not mean the new product is 100% better.

    Its a matter of opinion, who cares what everyone’s is from person to person. Buy/Download the games you want, move on :)

  23. hodad
    September 21st, 2008 | 23:39

    WHO CARES!!! I could think of a million things I would rather see posted than this garbage. If you are going to stray away from posting scene releases at least make sure it’s something interesting. Enough of the video game fetish posts already.

  24. A.Bundy
    September 22nd, 2008 | 04:19

    “E71 September 21st, 2008 | 15:48
    Hooray.. crap outsells crap!
    To those to play crap: Learn how to play a real guitar and maybe you’ll finally meet a girl.”

    Dude, i couldnt agree with you more. playing with a plastic wannabe box with 4 buttons is dam pathetic and makes you look like a douche bag. Nothing can replace the real thing. The girl thing will depend how fugly you really are.

  25. metaal mike perth
    September 22nd, 2008 | 04:52

    fu(k you.
    my band took guitar hero into the recording studio to have some fun inbetween takes.
    who gives a shat if i can play a real guitar and guitar hero and have sweet girls.
    its just a fun game

  26. basketcase57
    September 22nd, 2008 | 06:02

    Well duh, how much earlier did guitar hero come out? and how MANY GH games are there compared to 2 rock band games?
    Thats like saying the Police Academy series outsells the Harold and Kumar franchise…

  27. hu hum
    September 22nd, 2008 | 22:12

    I agree with most of the posts in here. What a waste of an article.

    The cost of Rock Band alone spreads the gap pretty far.

    Less sales certainly does not mean worse game.

    September 23rd, 2008 | 06:33


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