‘Hero’ Takes A Fall
By Perry Michael Simon on February 10, 2011
G4 reports that Activision has dropped the next GH edition from its development schedule and is disbanding the business unit that develops the game. Might it come back in another year or two? Possibly. But some things run their course, and Guitar Hero did that.
In some ways, it’s a shame. GH, and its rival Rock Band, were the perfect party video games, fun for non-gamers and almost the perfect universal fantasy — everyone dreams of being a rock star. But you can’t play it forever. And the novelty of adding more songs wears off, leaving you with a few dozen songs you can’t hear on the radio again without thinking “green-green-green-red-green-yellow-yellow-blueGREENRED… damn.” Plus one or two you can do well enough to impress the other, more intoxicated partygoers (“hey, I didn’t know you could play ‘Bulls On Parade’!”).
Okay, gamers, are you bummed? Surprised? Indifferent? What was your best Guitar Hero song? And what other gaming franchises ought to give it a rest, too? Comments below….