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Guitar Hero has some REAL competition

Submitted by: Shadow(of)Death @ 05:43 PM | Saturday, March 1, 2008 | (url: http://us.i1.yimg...)

On display in a packed booth at the recent Game Developer's Conference, Guitar Rising takes the basic concept of Guitar Hero -- players strum along to popular songs for points -- and turns it into a legitimate teaching tool by exchanging plastic game peripherals for bona fide wood and steel guitars.

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Best of all, there's no need to make room for yet another piece of bulky hardware: Using a small USB converter similar to the kind employed by everyday living room musicians, Guitar Rising can be played with any electric guitar. Simply plug a standard electric guitar cable into one end and plug the USB out into any USB port on your PC to be up and rocking.

03-01-08 - 06:08 PM
When you're going to post another article, do you intend to hold hands with it?
03-01-08 - 07:05 PM
Whoa there my mormon friend. I hope you're not just posting news for a title.
03-01-08 - 08:56 PM
Does no one else think this is cool? I think its a great idea.
03-01-08 - 10:12 PM
I think this is kind of stupid.

Guitar Hero / Rock Band are fun because they're simple and easy to play.
03-02-08 - 01:25 AM
...and playing a video game that teaches you how to actually play the guitar would be fun because... you're actually learning to play the guitar.

That's the good news. The bad news: not everyone wants to take the time with it. That will have a very small user base, I suspect.
03-02-08 - 02:21 AM
I will buy one.
03-02-08 - 07:02 AM
the fact it involves having to play an actual guitar means it will fail.
03-02-08 - 12:55 PM
I'm super excited for it. Can't wait. (yes I already know how to play)
03-03-08 - 10:18 AM
I have wanted to pick up a guitar for a while and I think this would be a decent practice tool. Make a game out of practicing. Of course I would want some real lessons as well.
03-03-08 - 01:46 PM
I want a fiddle or oboe version. everyone plays the guitar. Let’s get some classical instruments involved!
03-03-08 - 07:06 PM
oh fuck yeah thats cool. =) I want.
03-04-08 - 02:22 PM
This will sell well and here is why. Guitar hero makes you want to play a real guitar, almost everyone gets this feeling. Now GH players are going to buy this for the same reason that fat people buy exercise equipment.

The initial drive and excitement will wear off fast, and it will soon collect dust.

But hey, with 1 billion dollars of revenue for Guitar hero, even if this takes a small chunk of that they are doing well.
03-05-08 - 03:48 PM
a lot of people have played classical instruments through school. I know I learnt the trumpet and French horn there anyway.
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