[ATTACH=LEFT]16727[/ATTACH]With the release of[I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I] on September 28th, Acitivision has a tall order when it comes to winning back fans of the once coveted trail blazing rhythm guitar phenomenon. The franchise has been stagnant as of late, a redundant vessel too busy with its hands on all utters of the cash cow to realize that it has steadily grown light years behind [I]Rock Band[/I]. [I]Guitar Hero: Van Halen[/I] was an inexcusably lazy mess, so much so that Activision had to bundle it with [I]Guitar Hero 5[/I] to offload its supply. Released on December 22, 2009 and February …

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Soundgarden, one of Seattle’s seminal grunge acts, is breaking new ground in the midst of a comeback, and I’m not talking about headlining the main stage at Lollapalooza this Sunday. With the release of their first album in over 10 years on Oct. 5--[I]Telephantasm: A Retrospective[/I]--the grizzled 90s vets are smashing video game industry guitars on their way back to center stage. [ATTACH]16372[/ATTACH]In conjunction with Activision’s new [I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I], due out on Sept. 28, Soundgarden will be bundling their latest album with the initial million shipments of the game, marking the first time a retail CD has …

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Legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080312/tc_nm/activision_gibson_dc"]has warned[/URL] Guitar Hero developer Activision over an alleged patent infringement. It would seem that the crux of the matter is a 1999 patent by Gibson which deals with the technology used to simulate a musical performance. Gibson claims the Guitar Hero software and the Guitar Hero controller both violate the patent. Of course, the bizarre thing is that Gibson had already signed a licensing agreement with Activision over replicating Gibson guitar designs for the Guitar Hero III game. If Activision does not obtain a new license under the terms of that patent then Gibson will …

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