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Guitar Hero Lawsuit Settled

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the when-neighbors-settle-their-differences dept.

The Courts 25

1up is reporting that Red Octane and Ant Commandos have settled their lawsuits over 3rd party Guitar Hero controllers. From the article: "Fortunately both sides have now officially reached an agreement - though nobody really knows what form that agreement has taken. Details of the settlement remain private - but we DO know this much: The judge has officially dismissed the case. That's good news for people just wanting to rock the hell out over the holidays."

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Ironic (1)

MBraynard (653724) | more than 7 years ago | (#17355638)

Given they settled a lawsuit from Konami over DDR pad packaging and In The Groove two months ago, you think they would be hesitant to start taking shots at others.

Guess not.

/owns a Red Octane Afterburner for Xbox (and looking forward to using it with my 360).

What is even more ironic... (2, Interesting)

DaFork (608023) | more than 7 years ago | (#17357030)

...is that Red Octane sent cease and desist letters to DDR:UK for providing Stepmania file downloads for ITG songs; when ITG only exists because of piracy of DDR songs and stepfiles.

Suing TAC for copying their controller is par for the course. I guess from Red Octane's point of view it's OK for them to copy other people's products, but it's not OK for people to copy theirs.

Re:Ironic (1)

ohtani (154270) | more than 7 years ago | (#17365952)

The In The Groove court case was more targeted towards Roxor Games, the maker of the game rather than Red Octane, the distributer.

Haha (5, Funny)

The Living Fractal (162153) | more than 7 years ago | (#17355670)

"That's good news for people just wanting to rock the hell out over the holidays."

For some reason this made me laugh. A good rock'n'roll quote (merry christmas):

"When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot."
-Larry Lujack

TLF

huh (3, Funny)

sdtke212 (936671) | more than 7 years ago | (#17355672)

That's good news for people just wanting to rock the hell out over the holidays.

So you mean there was a shortage of guitars before the lawsuit?

Re:huh (1)

Nasarius (593729) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356306)

That's vaguely guitar-shaped controllers. No matter which one you buy, you're still just a jackass playing with a toy guitar [highlights.com].

Re:huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17356798)

Hahahahah, you're a cunt.

Re:huh (1)

Quino (613400) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356866)

But you posted to a toy guitar with four fret buttons! Guitar Hero guitars have *five* fret buttons, clearly defining the game as entertainment for the mature, sophisticated and worldly gamer!

As a side note, my brother's friend, when he heard about the concept of Guitar Hero his only comment was "hell no!". Then he saw the guitar controllers he said "oh HELL no!". He even tried it for two minutes and gave up on it ("stupid"). He eventually tried it again, got hooked, and now asks if he can "hang" out when my brother and I get together for beers and Guitar Hero.

Yesterday night we were making fun of him because he was so adamantly against it for so long, only to come to love the game.

Re:huh (1)

David Nabbit (924807) | more than 7 years ago | (#17362104)

But you posted to a toy guitar with four fret buttons! Guitar Hero guitars have *five* fret buttons, clearly defining the game as entertainment for the mature, sophisticated and worldly gamer!
Or for those tots with six digits on their left hand.

Guitar Hero Works on PS3? (1)

mrdrivel (742076) | more than 7 years ago | (#17355864)

Does anyone know if Guitar Hero can be played on a PS3?

I assume a PS2 controller to USB adapter would allow the guitar to be plugged in, but has anyone actually got it to work?

Re:Guitar Hero Works on PS3? (3, Informative)

xero314 (722674) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356032)

Last I checked the GH Controller is not compatible with with PS3 even with the USB adapter. has something to do with having to press some special button at start up (for PS1 and PS2 games), that the GH controller does not have. You can rad about it on ign. [ign.com] I haven't yet found anyone listing a hack for this yet, but I am sure there will be one soon enough.

OT (-1, Offtopic)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 7 years ago | (#17355956)

This is most likely off-topic, but... wtf?
http://www.beepupload.com/my.php?image=105da_Scree nshot-Slashdot:%20News%20for%20nerds,%20stuff%20th at%20matters%20-%20Firefox.png [beepupload.com]
http://img15.imgspot.com/?u=/u/06/357/18/Screensho tSlashdotNewsfornerdsstuffthatmattersFirefox116700 1825.png [imgspot.com]

(Two different links because I'm not really that familiar with these image hosts, and they may go down.)
Anyone know what the deal is with this?

Re:OT (1)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356110)

Ok, now it's saying 9 of 4 (probably 10 of 4 after I make this post). What's the deal? This thread's the only one doing it. Anyone know what's up?

Re:OT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17356368)

Slashdot blows, that's what's up. The code, the community and _ESPECIALLY_ the two-faced admins (looking at you, Malda). The only reason people even come here is because, as shitty as it is, the alternatives are even worse for the most part.

If you'd like Slashdot to improve, make an account on Digg and start posting there instead. The more people do it, the more the shitheads running this site will realize that veiled product advertisments and Roland Piquepaille aren't what the community is looking for. I love it how Malda came out and denied the whole idea that there was some sort of deal between he and Piquepaille for posting rights. Funny how he can take all that criticism, all that trolling without a word, then suddenly get up in arms over the suggestion that he's selling out. Must've wandered a little too close to the truth and hurt Malda's little feelings...

Digg... Dugg. (1)

Omestes (471991) | more than 7 years ago | (#17356664)

I really tried to like did, but the discussion blows worse than here, both people wise, and technically. While /. is the libertarian bastion of the internet (annoying, but makes for some good conversation), Digg is the ultra-left-wing Bush conspiracy bastion of the internet, meaning most forms of actual conversation are completely impossible. Also the discussion system just sucks, no real way to make replies, or get notified of them (threading is your friend, Digg), and the comment digg system is even worse than /.s mod system. It is complete group think where you canget down to -30 for just saying something that someone doesn't like. Its more like burying things that deviate from groupthink rather than highlight better comments (which /. does somewhat well).

Also since they opened it up to everyone and every topic the level of crap and scams has made it almost a waste of time. I think I tag things with "Okay this is lame" 10 times a day, and inaccurate the rest.

That said, it is a subjective choice. Not my cup of tea, though I do visit once a day or so, and do comment from time to time. Mostly it is a good link farm, no need to ever actually read the comments.

So what about the 360? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17356000)

"The injunction also asks the court to allow for fair competition in the market by enjoining the sale of the game/controller "bundle" so that consumers no longer have to purchase both Guitar Hero and the RedOctane controller, but rather may purchase the game and have their choice on which controller to buy. "

" "TAC will continue to make and improve on innovative peripherals to provide gamers with a choice. I strongly believe consumers should have their own choice, especially when it comes to choosing a better quality and better designed product," stated Hong Lip Yow."

I love the PS2 controller a hell of a lot more than the 360 controller, but I am unable to use my PS2 controller with the PS2->USB adaptor I use on my PC because of the lock-out chip. This is a "monopolistic" approach from Microsoft allowing them to decide who can and can't build accessories for the 360. Could I build my own controller? No. Would it be easy to design and produce one for sale? Design and build yes, work?.. No. If another rival system came out at the exact same time as the 360 (say the PS3)... and both were nearly identical in proformance.. I wonder how many more accessories would be availible for the non-360 unit if it wasn't locked down, compared to the locked down 360?

Re:So what about the 360? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17356726)

but I am unable to use my PS2 controller with the PS2->USB adaptor I use on my PC because of the lock-out chip. This is a "monopolistic" approach from Microsoft allowing them to decide who can and can't build accessories for the 360.

You're having trouble using your PS2 controller on your PC, and you blame it on Microsoft and their "monopolistics" and somehow include the 360 in that blame.
Tell me, when the hell did a PS2 controller have a lock-out chip, and how the hell is Microsoft involved?

Re:So what about the 360? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17356874)

Maybe the parent wasn't quite clear enough for you, but I believe I understand it correctly. He uses the PS2->USB adaptor on his PC just fine. The problem comes in when he tries to use it on the 360. You can't. The 360 checks for a "Protection/ID Chip" signed by microsoft. If the 360 is unable to detect the chip, guess what? You're shit out of luck using that controller.

Re:So what about the 360? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17357154)

Maybe the parent wasn't quite clear enough for you, but I believe I understand it correctly.
Parent said: I am unable to use my PS2 controller with the PS2->USB adaptor I use on my PC because of the lock-out chip.

You may have understood what he meant, but I understood what he said.

So does this mean.. (1)

cyberworm (710231) | more than 7 years ago | (#17361684)

I can make my own GH controller now? I was thinking about buying a GH controller and a cheap guitar (something with some actual weight to it) and making my own controller that way. Has anyone else tried this?
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