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More 'Hero' Games Without Guitars Likely

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the good-and-popular dept.


In light of the popularity of the Guitar Hero game, Next Generation reports that it is very likely RedOctane will be publishing several more 'Hero' series games. From the article: "The next logical step within this category is to make other music instrument-based games. What most people have been asking for and would want next are products that we're likely already working on."

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I know one! (2, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | about 8 years ago | (#15543876)

Gamepad Hero!


Re:I know one! (2, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | about 8 years ago | (#15543909)

Gamepad Hero!
Digarydoo Revolution!

Re:I know one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15543940)

Didgeridoo, it's spelled D-i-d-g-e-r-i-d-o-o!!!

Re:I know one! (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | about 8 years ago | (#15545658)

Jukebox Hero!

Shut Up 'N' Play Yer Guitar Some More! (0, Troll)

FractalZone (950570) | about 8 years ago | (#15543906)

'Nuf said!

ugh... (5, Funny)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | about 8 years ago | (#15543915)

Bagpipes Hero? *shivers*

Re:ugh... (2, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 8 years ago | (#15543955)

Bagpipes Hero? *shivers*

They can take away our guitars... but they can't take away... OUR FREEDOM!!!

Re:ugh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544398)

Combination of horse grooming and saxophone. I'll let you guess the title.

Re:ugh... (1)

Goldberg's Pants (139800) | about 8 years ago | (#15544687)

Horse Groomaphone?

Re:ugh... (2, Funny)

Adriax (746043) | about 8 years ago | (#15544835)

Accordion Hero: Mad Polka Beats

Then a year later, Duet Hero: Scottish Polka Madness, Accordions and Bagpipes.

Re:ugh... (2, Funny)

Cheapy (809643) | about 8 years ago | (#15546262)

Or Cowbell Hero.

When you do bad, that guy's face shows up and yells out "WE NEED MORE COWBELL!"

Didgeridoo hero (1)

Otis2222222 (581406) | about 8 years ago | (#15547797)

Had a discussion with some friends the other day to come up with the most obscure musical instrument possible that a "hero" game could be made from. I think Didgeridoo Hero has a nice ring to it...

Triangle (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | about 8 years ago | (#15543917)

Triangle Hero! I'll be all over that like a geek in the Christmas play who always hit it a full 10 seconds too late!

Re:Triangle (0, Redundant)

link_mmc (880707) | about 8 years ago | (#15544108)

Cowbell Hero!!! "I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"

Re:Triangle (1)

heinousjay (683506) | about 8 years ago | (#15545510)

Slashdot culture - Mocking Canada is fine, but insult the US of A and you're a troll, laying flamebait and a terrorist.

Heh - I see exactly the opposite. I guess it's all about perspective.

It's all about an inferiority complex anyway, so I stopped worrying about it.

Re:Triangle (1)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | about 8 years ago | (#15547707)

Triangle Hero! I'll be all over that like a geek in the Christmas play who always hit it a full 10 seconds too late!

Of course, the game must be hosted by Ed Grimley []

Accordian Hero (0, Troll)

JeanBaptiste (537955) | about 8 years ago | (#15543918)

please please please please please

Re:Accordian Hero (1)

bobthesloth (981000) | about 8 years ago | (#15546082)

I find it funny the way that all the other suggestions for "... Hero" games get reasonable mods, but accordian hero gets (Score:0, Troll). Slashdot moderation is showing excellent musical taste!

Port Samba de Amigo! (2, Interesting)

alanh (29068) | about 8 years ago | (#15543919)

I just want Sega to port Samba de Amigo to a newer console.

Re:Port Samba de Amigo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544260)

Agreed. It seems to me that the Wii is a natural platform for Samba de Amigo to be ported to as well; either the nunchuck could act as the second maraca, or a single player could hold 2 Wii-motes, which would probably work better since you wouldn't have the cord in the way then.

Re:Port Samba de Amigo! (1)

datajack (17285) | about 8 years ago | (#15544529)

Aye - depends on how accurate the motion sensor is hough - can it distinguish between a 'shake' and just a movement. Heh, with the seakers, you could also have the maracas sound like on he DC.

There is a 'port' to the PS2, as part of the Sega SUperstars games pack for the eye-toy. Unfortunately, it's dire in comparison. On the plus side, the NiGHTS, Sonic and Puyo Pop games are superb (if arm-tiring in the case of NiGHTS).

First? (1)

mmalove (919245) | about 8 years ago | (#15543926)

Accordian Hero!!
Polka Hero!
Hammered Dulcimer Hero!

Organ Hero (Lookout Jack Thompson!)
Flute Hero
Tuba Hero

Hell, who needs an instrument? Yodelling Hero!

It's already out (2, Interesting)

rsilvergun (571051) | about 8 years ago | (#15543954)

Here []

Re:It's already out (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | about 8 years ago | (#15544852)

From the homepage:
Karsden Mörderhäschen
Ulrike Käsegeschäft
translated names:

Karsden Murderbunny
Ulrike Cheeseshop

'Nuff said. :P

Re:It's already out (1)

Ethan Allison (904983) | about 8 years ago | (#15546672)

Look at the big image. It's quite obviously rendered.

Re:First? (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | about 8 years ago | (#15544088)

Hell, who needs an instrument? Yodelling Hero!

Or skat hero. Yes, I did mean to spell it with a "k". Sorry to disappoint.

Re:First? (1)

justchris (802302) | about 8 years ago | (#15545827)

I thought I was the only one who still played the Hammered Dulcimer. I would so totally buy that game. Maybe we cold get more Dulcimerists.

What is the appeal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15543950)

...a /.'er once convinced me to give up The Sims by pointing out that rather than watching someone read, I could actually BE READING.

Likewise, rather than pretending to play the guitar, I could actually PLAY THE GUITAR. I think these games would be much cooler as learning tools (as long as they didn't cheap out on them like so many existing learning tools). Sure, market it as a game, but have "actually learn to play" as a feature. The funny thing is the coolness of the game character is directly proportional to the geekness of the dork playing the game. You can't look cool playing a fake guitar, no matter how cool it makes you look on the screen.

Re:What is the appeal... (1)

AdamTrace (255409) | about 8 years ago | (#15544715)

Not this again...

I've been a gamer for the vast majority of my 31 years, and Guitar Hero is one of the most fun games I've ever played. But comparing it to playing a REAL GUITAR, while a natural thing to do, is silly. It's like comparing CounterStrike to an ACTUAL TERRORIST FIREFIGHT.

The point of the game isn't to learn how to play the guitar (thought I do think it would give a GH player a leg up over a non-GH player, for sure). The point of the game isn't to look cool while you're playing it. The point of the game is to simulate (in an arcade-y sort of way), the notion of being a playing a guitar and being a rockstar.

And to that end, I think it succeeds beautifully. Seriously, there have been moments in the game that I've hit some tricky combination of chords and just Felt It. And it felt good.


Re:What is the appeal... (3, Insightful)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | about 8 years ago | (#15545202)

Seriously, there have been moments in the game that I've hit some tricky combination of chords and just Felt It. And it felt good.

If this worked so well for you, get a cheap electric guitar [] or even NI's Guitar Rig [] and play along with a bunch of your favorite MP3s. You're going to be amazed at how easily you can fit some improvised melodies or even chord sequences into most of the (mainstream) music available today - on a real guitar, without being a genius or a rockstar. Start with songs you know well, don't be discouraged by wrong notes - if you keep trying (like in the game), you're gonna find the right ones. Improve the songs and add what you always felt was missing.

In fact, that's how I started to play: listen, find your way on the fretboard, experiment, examine and gradually Feel where to fret next. It works, honest! Give it a try if you can. You're going to get a lot more out of the real thing than out of that (IMHO kinda silly) game! Especially if you use GR2 [/shameless plug]

I do think the Hero series is a great appetizer, but as you said, it's no comparison to the real thing. A real guitar isn't that hard to handle - unless you want to play like Joe Satriani and the likes.

Re:What is the appeal... (1)

justchris (802302) | about 8 years ago | (#15545892)

....I so think you're missing the point. Let me see if I can try to explain.

I will never, ever, in my life, play Golf again. Not Ever. I am 100% certain of this fact, and nothing short of a guaranteed $1 million dollars could even hope to sway me.

On the other hand, I play golf arcade games all the time with my friends. I'm not entirely sure why I enjoy them, I just do. It could be the lack of sunlight. Not having to walk a quarter mile between holes. Or just because actual golf, when compared to arcade golf, is just downright boring.

I do not play Guitar, but I have friends who do play Guitar and they love Guitar Hero. I can only assume the reason for that is, while yes, you can play any of those songs on a regular guitar, you don't get the benefit of having an audience clap along with you and cheer for you unless you're already a pretty big name. Out of every 1 million people who learn to play guitar well, maybe 10 will make in in a band that goes anywhere. Those 10 guys will get the adulations of thousands or millions of people. The rest of us just get the satisfaction of being able to play the song.

In Guitar Hero, we get the satisfaction of being able to play the song, and at least the simulation of adoring fans. That, I think, is clearly the difference between the two.

One other thing. While I do enjoy Guitar Hero, I just don't think I will ever learn to play the guitar. You see, I have hobbies and interests. Lots of them. Already. Adding guitar playing to that list will take time away from my existing hobbies. As playing video games is one of those hobbies, playing Guitar Hero did not take time away from an existing hobby, it fit comfortably within it. Now, I can play 30 mins of Guitar Hero, then move on to something else, or not play for a few weeks if other hobbies intervene. If I were to learn to play Guitar, I'd have to dedicate a significant amount of time to it, with consistency, so I'd be able to maintain some skill.

The final estimation, however, is that playing a guitar has no built in punishment/reward system. In Guitar Hero, you have an exact measurement of how well you did. Playing a regular guitar in your room, you only have your own musical talent to tell how well you did, and some people are tone deaf. Those people can still play Guitar Hero by matching up colors, whereas they'd never be able to really play an actual guitar. More importantly, the only people who will laugh at you when you're playing Guitar Hero are your friends (and an entirely fake, and therefore non-threatening, audience). Playing in front of a crowd at a venue and being laughed at by 50+ total strangers is a hell of a lot more stressful.

Re:What is the appeal... (1)

Gridpoet (634171) | about 8 years ago | (#15547732)

Out of every 1 million people who learn to play guitar well, maybe 10 will make in in a band that goes anywhere. Those 10 guys will get the adulations of thousands or millions of people. The rest of us just get the satisfaction of being able to play the song.

80% of all statistics are made up on the spot...

i guess this depends on what you call making it...i've been a amature musician for 13 years...and i know countless bands who have at least 50+ people at every show... sorry man, it isnt that hard to pick up a real guitar learn some licks and put together a band...and there is NOTHING like being on stage in front of a crowd of listeners...
Guitar hero is fun, but only a pale shadow of the real thing.

Re:What is the appeal... (1)

AcidLacedPenguiN (835552) | about 8 years ago | (#15549131)

Don't get me wrong, I agree with what you're saying, but to get the satisfaction from Guitar Hero it would take 10 minutes, from actually playing guitar it takes fairly long. I've been playing bass for 2 years now, and I enjoy it (probably more than I would GH) but for the first few months of having it was a learning experience. Some people aren't dedicated enough to put that kind of effort into it. I bet those people could get their enjoyment out of GH. Without trying to put words in their mouth, I think that's what the parent was trying to get across.

Re:What is the appeal... (1)

punkr0x (945364) | about 8 years ago | (#15548783)

It took me 3 years of practice and playing in a band to feel somewhat competant at guitar... I've never played guitar hero but I get the impression that it isn't quite as much hard work and cramped hands as the real thing (and there's the attraction, anyone with a few hours to waste can be an instant guitar hero!)

Of course having the actual skills is much more satisfying in the long run, and if you want to learn it definitely pick one up.. but don't expect it to be simple!

How about... (1)

TheDarkener (198348) | about 8 years ago | (#15543961)

Slashdot hero!

Random articles pop up. Be the first post and you win!

Re:How about... (2, Funny)

Kamineko (851857) | about 8 years ago | (#15544790)

Like a mixture between Whack-a-Mole and The Typing of The Dead?

Re:How about... (1)

gbobeck (926553) | about 8 years ago | (#15545548)

Bonus points for dupes and Slashdot memes?

Great! (1)

Jboost (960475) | about 8 years ago | (#15543963)

Bring on the Bagpipe Hero, Flügelhorn Hero, Hammered dulcimer Hero, Temple block Hero, Panharmonicon Hero, Kulintang a Tiniok Hero and Uilleann pipe Hero.

Re:Great! (1)

Brunellus (875635) | about 8 years ago | (#15543979)

Kulintang Hero would actually be pretty fun. Imagine the multiplayer--you'd get a full-blown kulintangan going. That'd be a blast!

Chiang Kai-shek thought so (1)

mkcmkc (197982) | about 8 years ago | (#15544223)

Oh, wait, that was 'Kuomintang'...

Kazoo hero (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544003)

Will you use your kazoo powers for good, or for awesome?

Hooray... (5, Funny)

MagicDude (727944) | about 8 years ago | (#15544040)

Bring on Bass Hero.

Oh who am I kidding? Bass is the Luigi of Rock & Roll.

Re:Hooray... (1)

preppypoof (943414) | about 8 years ago | (#15544129)

yeah, because you have to be stoned to play as either one.

Re:Hooray... (5, Funny)

mattsucks (541950) | about 8 years ago | (#15544197)

Bring on Bass Hero.

Bass Hero is coming out next week, but nobody will notice unless it comes in late.

Already covered. (1)

Intellectual Elitist (706889) | about 8 years ago | (#15544202)

Guitar Hero II is already going to support playable bass lines, including Les Claypool on Primus's "John The Fisherman".

Re:Hooray... (1)

jalefkowit (101585) | about 8 years ago | (#15545299)

It's already available: Bass Hero! []

Oh, you meant the other kind. Whoops.

The answer is obvious... (1)

murphyslawyer (534449) | about 8 years ago | (#15544067)

Jukebox Hero

You've got stars in your eyes!

I don't need no stinkin' videogame! (1)

JL-b8 (862188) | about 8 years ago | (#15544069)

To be a kazoo hero!

Hippy Drum Circle Hero! (1)

Format_see (979833) | about 8 years ago | (#15544089)

With patchouli scente drumd!

Everybody is missing the obvious one! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544090)

Cowbell Hero!

Re:Everybody is missing the obvious one! (1)

HanClinto (621615) | about 8 years ago | (#15544426)

More cowbell!

Drum hero (1)

whyrat (936411) | about 8 years ago | (#15544099)

You could have two bongos, maybe somehow work in the donkey kong theme.

There could even be a secret bonus level: "law suit hero" (pen & paper attachment sold seperately)!

Re:Drum hero (1)

WeblionX (675030) | about 8 years ago | (#15549789)

I'm pretty sure the makers of "Litigation Jackson" would have something to say about that bonus level...

I'll wager that piano/keyboard is next. (4, Interesting)

Were-Rabbit (959205) | about 8 years ago | (#15544115)

No, I didn't RTFA but most likely the next one will be Piano Hero or more generally Keyboard Hero.

Consider all of the extremely popular songs that could be included that just about everyone knows: Piano Man, Jump with that awesome, heavy synth riff, and a number of others. Hell, there are even a number of basic concertos or orchestral pieces that could be included that wouldn't be too difficult as long as the whole thing isn't expected to be played: Moonlight Sonata, Minute Waltz, and various Bach inventions.

Additionally, Considering that you can buy cheap keyboards for kids for less than $20 and even mini-keyboards can be bought for less than $50, this would be a natural sequel, I would think. Also take into consideration that the four most common instruments in just about every band are keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums.

Obviously, I would expect bass and drums/percussion to be in the "most likely to appear next" list.

The grand accumulation of those would be to have all four at once with the ultimate "Band Heroes". Gather your friends with all four "Hero" instruments and jam as your own rock band.

Re:I'll wager that piano/keyboard is next. (1)

AuMatar (183847) | about 8 years ago | (#15544229)

I'd say Drum Hero is also possible. With an interaction mode of some sort- one guy on drums, one on guitar.

Re:I'll wager that piano/keyboard is next. (4, Insightful)

Brunellus (875635) | about 8 years ago | (#15544242)

...I would be very interested to see how a Piano Hero would work. Guitar Hero has, do with actually knowing how to play guitar. Would they similarly "abstract" the keyboards? Could they?

The frustration level will be high for a game that would (at its highest "level") require both feet and all ten fingers moving independently.

Keyboard would be freakin' simple to do. (1)

Were-Rabbit (959205) | about 8 years ago | (#15544323)

No, you're assuming that they'd require full use of both hands and feet, bit that's far too advanced for a game like this. There could, however, easily be several modes of difficulty, such as:
* melody only
* melody and one harmony
* melody, one harmony, pedals
* melody, more advanced use of left hand (keep it clean, perverts), pedals
* full play mode, but using simple pieces, not something like a grand, Mozart piano concerto

Many music stores also sell stickers or labels that are color-coded to help people more easily locate the proper keys. I would expect this to be the case with this game.

Fortunately, there are a ton of songs that require nothing more than four notes, such as "Mary Had A Little Lamb". MHALL is to keyboards what "Hello, world!" is to programming. It's almost the very first thing that you learn. So, really there is no need for abstraction. Make it a real keyboard that people will really be able to play afterwards. There are numerous ways to vary it from absolute beginner to expert.

Not that it necessarily means anything, but I play both keyboard and guitar. So, I've been through the learning pains and I've successfully taught others by the methods that I mention above.

Re:Keyboard would be freakin' simple to do. (1)

Brunellus (875635) | about 8 years ago | (#15544396)

I guess what I'm really asking is this--who has really ever played "air piano"? Because, really, that's all Guitar Hero is--a kind of reification of an Air Guitar.

OK, I'll own up to playing "air piano" every so often. But that's because I play the real instrument [badly]

Keyboard is a bazillion times easier than guitar. (1)

Were-Rabbit (959205) | about 8 years ago | (#15544542)

Yes, but the guitar is a much more difficult instrument to play. MUCH more difficult.

For guitar you have frets, closely-positioned strings and six of them at that (four for bass), very precise finger placement, pressure considerations on the strings, and so forth. It's the only instrument that I know of that is actually more difficult to play with a melody than it is with a full chord. A strum is simple. Picking individual notes on individual strings while trying to place your finger on the correct string in the correct fret with the right amount of pressure is very, very difficult - nay, I would say impossible except for musical vunderkinds - for beginners. The game had to be dumbed down as much as possible to make it work.

The keyboard is opposite. You start with one finger in order to strike the appropriate color-coded key. That's it. That's how you start. Only then do you progress to a simple melody/harmony combination, like "Chopsticks", followed by full chords. No guitar strings, no brass embouchure, no precise reed pressure. If you can type at a computer keyboard, you can play a musical keyboard. That's the main difference and the honest truth.

The keyboard IMHO is the perfect instrument to learn for those who have never played an instrument before. As such, a regular keyboard is so perfectly matched for a game like this.

Re:Keyboard is a bazillion times easier than guita (1)

DeafByBeheading (881815) | about 8 years ago | (#15545287)

The thing is that on guitar, your hands are working together. On piano, your hands are working separately. Even if you have melody plus bassline on guitar, both hands are cooperating to do those two things. On piano, each hand is generally working on its own separate part. I always found that aspect of piano very challenging.

I think you're right in that the initial learning curve is steeper for guitar, but I feel it levels off pretty quickly, whereas the piano curve gets pretty steep after you have the basics down...

Re:Keyboard is a bazillion times easier than guita (1)

Abreu (173023) | about 8 years ago | (#15545784)

Yup, I can play guitar and bass decently, but I could never get the hang of playing bassline, harmony and melody at the same time like you do on a keyboard.

I mean you can do the 3 things at the same time on guitar too, but the 2 hand coordination is easier.

Re:Keyboard would be freakin' simple to do. (1)

k_187 (61692) | about 8 years ago | (#15544984)

one word man: Keytar

Re:Keyboard would be freakin' simple to do. (1)

WeblionX (675030) | about 8 years ago | (#15549834)

I think you mean the Cheatar [] !

Re:Keyboard would be freakin' simple to do. (1)

lskovlund (469142) | about 8 years ago | (#15551926)

Fortunately, there are a ton of songs that require nothing more than four notes, such as "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
Ehm, MHALL requires more than four notes: C C G G A A G / F F E E D D C / G G F F E E D / G G F F E E D / C C G G A A G / F F E E D D C. Only white keys though.
There, and I probably violated a copyright, too.

Re:I'll wager that piano/keyboard is next. (1)

orbital3 (153855) | about 8 years ago | (#15548662)

Probably similar to this: []

You're right, the frustration level is pretty high. It's very difficult, and while I'm glad I own it, I doubt the more casual rhythm game players would be interested. Even Guitar Hero took the idea of Guitar Freaks and simplified it, making it considerably easier and more fun to play, IMO. I could see them maybe coming out with Keyboard Hero as one of the last of the line of games, but there are plenty of other instruments that would be more fun to play first.

Re:I'll wager that piano/keyboard is next. (1)

halcyon1234 (834388) | about 8 years ago | (#15545868)

Forget Piano hero. What we really need is:

Amateur Hammond Organ Recital Hero! []

Okay, take it away, skutters!

Cowbell Hero (4, Funny)

focitrixilous P (690813) | about 8 years ago | (#15544146)

The Guitar Hero has a fever, and the only prescription... is more Cowbell!

The goal is for the bell to never match what's on the screen.

Re:Cowbell Hero (1)

sciencecneisc (980820) | about 8 years ago | (#15547329)

Seconded. I don't have any mod points to give you but :)

Hoping for Combinations (1)

Meddel (152734) | about 8 years ago | (#15544149)

Guitar Hero is one of my favorite games ever, but I'm holding out hope for multiplayer combinations of instruments. It would just rock to have a guitarist and a drummer playing together. I'm sure this is something they've thought of, but if not, I hope it's something they'll consider in the future.

Re:Hoping for Combinations (1)

Dorceon (928997) | about 8 years ago | (#15544259)

I always thought it was great having Guitar Freaks and Drummania linked together in the arcade. Of course, for a few versions there was also Keyboardmania, which was brutally hard. (22 keys + 2-way effect wheel is a lot harder than three button guitar or 6pc drum kit.)

Re:Hoping for Combinations (1)

Turken (139591) | about 8 years ago | (#15548834)

Try importing Daigasso! Band Brothers! for the Nintendo DS... sure, you just press buttons instead of simulating the actual instruments, but it already supports up to 8 "instruments" from a single copy of the game. So, if you have enough friends with DS's, you can play as a band together. Sigle player is neat, but it's even more fun with multiple people. One person (especially if they're on the drum part) can throw the whole group off, but the sense of accomplishment in playing through a song as a group is great.

And, if you're patient you can also write your own music for it, so it has great expandability.

So in other words they are saying... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544190)

"Our Guitar Freaks rip-off was successful, lets rip off Konami's other *mania games. Woo!"

Bruce Dickinson... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544261)

the superstar record producer - "What we Cowbell Hero. I got a fever! And the only prescription ... is MORE COWBELL!"

Easy (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | about 8 years ago | (#15544452)

In The Groove (1)

tepples (727027) | about 8 years ago | (#15544849)

RedOctane already tried "Four arrows on the ground Hero" and got sued [] .

Actually... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544537)

The next logical step would be to COMBINE guitar playing and ninjas, for Real Ultimate Power [] !

Drum Hero! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15544597)

Oh wait, if those two words ever managed to get that close, the universe would implode!

drum hero? (1)

jowaldo (832082) | about 8 years ago | (#15544672)

I could go for a drum hero!

Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (2, Insightful)

kthejoker (931838) | about 8 years ago | (#15544743)

3 Observations on Guitar Hero

1) Totally for guys. The phallic rush, the manipulation, the aggressive music choices. They don't call it "wanking" for nothin'.

2) Seriously. Why mess with a great formula? Just keep releasing expansion packs, offer some Online Play for interactive jamming/competition, and the ability to record some karaoke for fun/Net trading. Lots of variation left within the first incarnation.

3) Since most other instruments require the use of the mouth (brass and woodwinds), the only instruments really left are drums and keys. Which, while fun, require you to sit down, thereby denying many of the joys of performing on Guitar Hero - the booty shakes, the leg kicks, the windmill, etc.

Re:Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (1)

aafiske (243836) | about 8 years ago | (#15545029)

You've got 2 & 3 right on. It's more fun to be standing and spazzing, and I'm sure there'd be more than enough market for expansion packs.

But totally for guys? Where do you get this from? Every single woman (half a dozen) that has played it has loved it and asks to play it again when they visit. And they generally choose the hard rock songs.

Re:Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (1)

bobobobo (539853) | about 8 years ago | (#15545236)

You got that right. My girlfriend is hooked on the game. Also, when I have a buddy come over with his girlfriend, it's not uncommon for his lady to be better at the game than he is. It helps alot if you have rhythm.

Re:Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (1)

Quino (613400) | about 8 years ago | (#15546081)

I just wanted to echo -- Guitar Hero is the only time my girlfriend asks to use my ps2 (ever!). She even started her own character. This is pretty amazing, as I've tried to get her interested in every other game I play and think is worth playing.

Re:Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (2, Interesting)

Bahumat (213955) | about 8 years ago | (#15545803)

Jumping in on number 1 there. My wife plays Guitar Hero about 3 hours a week. It's by far her favorite game in my collection. She's the one getting hardcore about wanting to buy another controller or two so she can mod it. Yes. My wife wants to mod Guitar Hero controllers.

Re:Why we don't have Air Flute Championships (1)

Chainsaw76 (261937) | about 8 years ago | (#15547412)

My Wife hasn't played a ps2 game since Twisted metal black. She is mad addicted to Guitar Hero, and has been since the day I brought it home. Although we only recently got a second guitar so for a long time she was "Dualshock hero".

As for other versions I'd love to see stand-up bass hero..

and as everyone else has said.. Cow Bell Hero would indeed ROCK.


I want "Band Hero" (1)

thesandtiger (819476) | about 8 years ago | (#15545052)

I'd love to see a game that could handle multiple instruments. Guitar, drum, keyboards. Throw in a DDR and Karaoke aspect, too. Let a whole bunch of people play simultaneously, each doing different things - that'd just completely rule.


Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15545471)

Since there's no need to worry about being embarrassed by it anyway.

Dance Hero? (1)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | about 8 years ago | (#15545628)

Dance hero. RedOctone response to the stomp-the-arrow-game that made the music game genre popular. Difficulty: Light, Standard, Heavy plus a hidden Expert.

Re:Dance Hero? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15548390)

RedOctane already released a dance game. In the Groove.

Ummm... Why would you wait for it? (2, Informative)

SinGunner (911891) | about 8 years ago | (#15545771)

We've had all this stuff in Japan for awhile now.. The guitar game hooks up with the drum game (that's a full drum set, single-pedal) which also hooks up to the DJ game (turn table + 9 buttons). There's also the Taiko Drum game, but that's wholly separate. Some of the people on the drum set are ridiculous. They bring their own sticks and bust out these crazy power songs. I can't even see the things moving on the screen, but they rack up combos in the thousands like it was nothing at all.

Note: I don't see this happening in the US. We also have Pop'N Music 10 or 11 here, which is a really popular arcade game with 9 circular "bubble" buttons that are to be hit just like any rhythm game. The thing is, the coordination and concentration that game and the drum game require is incredible. Once you get past 6 or 7 possible inputs, you might as well just learn to play an actual instrument.

Re:Ummm... Why would you wait for it? (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 8 years ago | (#15547156)

beatmania and pop'n' don't link to GuitarFreaks or DrumMania...

Beatmania nor pop'n' music actually simulate anything in real life. The controller for beatmania and beatmaniaIIDX are similar to drum machines, but... Not really. That doesn't mean they're not fun though.

I do prefer GuitarFreaks to Guitar Hero. The interface is better and the music IS better and more varied.

This can only work out in ONE way (2, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 years ago | (#15547209)

Let's face it. Guitar Hero was a success because, well, we've all done our share of air guitaring. Even the biggest geek on the planet went and, at least alone, at home, locked door and everything, didn't jack off but actually raised his left hand, grabbed some imaginary guitar neck and rubbed his right hand across his belly.

Dunno how many have done that with keyboard. Or drums. Or ... accordeons, cowbells, you name it.

The only way this could work out would be some kind of "band hero" overall game. With drums, keyboard, guitars, some karaoke-esque microphone action and if you're so inclined a few DDR pads to get some people to dance to it.

The next incarnation of Guitar Hero is supposedly the first step to this, with people being able to play different guitar lines (lead, bass, whatever). Extrapolating it to the rest of the band is then only a matter of time. I could very well see this coming.

But a Keyboard Hero or Drum Hero as a standalone game will most likely not succeed.

Re:This can only work out in ONE way (1)

rishistar (662278) | about 8 years ago | (#15547367)

...unless its Donkey Konga with its fantastic bongos! That was a pretty good drumming game.

Re:This can only work out in ONE way (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 8 years ago | (#15547417)

Now strip Donkey Kong and the cute graphics. Still?

Re:This can only work out in ONE way (1)

julietmikealpha (982982) | about 8 years ago | (#15548285)

Great point there. The other thing with alternative instruments is the music that accompanies them too. Guitar? Great, tons of rawk and indie out there to draw from. Drums? Hmmm.... OK, we have Genesis there which is reason enough to not even think about doing that one. Who in the world wants to imitate Phil Collins?!

Band Hero, great idea even with Singstar mics. Maybe not as a co-op game (Hey, you suck get outta the band!) but as a competitive-score game it'd be ace. Like the Commitments, only with less (or more?) sex.

Re:This can only work out in ONE way (1)

punkr0x (945364) | about 8 years ago | (#15548740)

Are you nuts? Or maybe I am, but I play air drums all the time... and I know how to play a guitar!

More Cowbell Hero (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15547812)

Finally Cowbell Hero will be a reality. I couldn't devote the years of practice needed to master a real cowbell, but this game will let me live out my fantasies as a cowbell god.

Lawn dart Hero? (1)

KazerSoza (727306) | about 8 years ago | (#15548685)

Lawn dart hero .. duck!!!

Sitar Hero! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15550265)

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