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Broken "Rock Band" guitarists promised free game

The general consensus is that Rock Band delivers on promises of being the most ambitious music game to date. Those lucky enough to have a Rock Band bundle are able to simulate the feeling of playing in a real quartet, that is, until the included Fender Stratocaster stops working.

Despite Harmonix’s experience in shipping three games bundled with guitar peripherals, early Rock Band adopters quickly found out that the hardware wasn’t up to the same standards as the game.

“As sometimes happens when new products first go into manufacturing, we discovered an imperfection with the strum bar in an early production run of guitars that were shipped at launch,” wrote Harmonix in its forums. “We want to inform you that we have since identified and fixed the issue in all subsequent production runs of the guitars.”

Those with guitar issues were directed to EA, Rock Band’s publisher, for the hardware replacement program.

The developer also wrote, “Harmonix is dedicated to creating 100% customer satisfaction and to those of you who've encountered any hardware issues, we are sorry for the hassle.”

The apology and assurance of satisfaction from Harmonix appears to extend beyond just the developer level. Users who have registered for a replacement guitar are reporting emails from EA telling them that they will be offering a yet unnamed EA game for free as compensation for “unacceptably long delay [of replacement guitars] due to a late shipment from our manufacturer.”

Details on the game and how it will be delivered are to “follow shortly.”

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RE: Second guitar
By theapparition on 12/3/2007 2:43:03 PM , Rating: 1
What ever happened to people playing real guitars?

RE: Second guitar
By afkrotch on 12/3/2007 2:58:34 PM , Rating: 3
cause $170 is much cheaper than a real guitar and whatever it'd cost for lessons.

RE: Second guitar
By glenn8 on 12/3/2007 3:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
They went to the same place as people who play real sports or drive real race cars... or cook real food...

RE: Second guitar
By theapparition on 12/3/2007 9:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I play real guitars, drive real sports cars in real HPDE events, play football with friends......

Just don't get the whole let's-do-it-fake thing.

RE: Second guitar
By Darkefire on 12/3/2007 9:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
Do you also shoot real aliens, fly real F-14s, and conquer real ancient Roman cities? No? Then I'm betting you'd turn to video games for your fix. And for those of us without real guitars, real race cars, and real talent to play football, those things might as well be fantasy. Hence why we play video games. QED.

RE: Second guitar
By theapparition on 12/4/2007 7:01:56 AM , Rating: 2
When not doing the above, I'm spending time with my family and friends. Don't have much extra time to try and save a fantasy universe. :-)

Seriously, I'm not knocking video games at all. Just that people are somehow losing touch with real world activities. Maybe it me that is just getting too old.

Yes, it takes a long time to play guitar, that's the point. It's a skill that builds character by teaching patience, requiring determination and perserverance. Also teaches hand-eye coordination. Video games certainly offer some of those qualities as well (with the exception of patience!), but one thing they will never offer is the level of creativity offered by learning music. Creativity that spreads into other aspects of the everyday life. It's a difficult measure to quantify, but certainly real. One of the reasons that most educators are so hot to continue band classes in schools.

While GH may be a cool drinking party game, I think that you learn more by making your own music. And there are many other outlets for creative expression. I've found that a video game can give you a quick thrill, but a good book is more imaginative and stays with you far longer.

RE: Second guitar
By glennpratt on 12/4/2007 10:57:41 AM , Rating: 2
First of all, you don't like video games, we get it. You also have some 'cool', expensive hobbies. Great. While I appreciate that, I don't see the advantage to real guitar or real driving. At the end of the day, there all hobbies and bring little value to society. Oh, and you play football with your buddies, wow, so do a lot of video game players I know. Or basketball, or paintball, so what?

BTW, You won't get very good at most games without a level of patience. I'd venture that it's easier to make $500 with a guitar then a video game and yet people do both every day.

RE: Second guitar
By SirLucius on 12/4/2007 4:34:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's true that the guitar is a great instrument that helps you to grow and become more creative, but you have to realize that everyone who plays Guitar Hero may not have an interest in playing the real thing. There are times when I find myself sorta pushing musical topics with people who aren't as interested in music without even realizing it because of how much I love and enjoy music. Guitar Hero is a great way for me to share my interest in music with people who don't share the same level of interest.

Another thing to consider is that Guitar Hero allows you to "play" songs most people will probably never be able to play. Most guitarists can't play a Dragonforce song with the same accuracy and precision as Herman Li (and the other dude). Most people can't put the same emotion and feeling into their playing as Santana. Guitar Hero is a great way for mediocre musicians (of which there are an overwhelming amount) to feel like they're playing at the same level as the pros.

I hope that makes sense. I just got back from getting my wisdom teeth removed and I'm still a little out of things from the medication, so please forgive me if my comments seem like they're out of left field.

RE: Second guitar
By theapparition on 12/5/2007 8:50:47 AM , Rating: 2
Your comments are spot on, I guess I'm the one who's getting too old, LOL.

Yeah, I've been known to play Metallica songs strait through, solo sweeps and all. Definately for the advanced player, not the novice.

I understand games, and enjoy them now and again. My question is does GH help, by exposing people to musical instruments enough to maybe start trying the real thing? Or does it prevent many from even going down that path? Time will tell.

RE: Second guitar
By Murst on 12/3/2007 3:34:46 PM , Rating: 3
There's nothing stopping you from playing a real guitar.

You can also join the army instead of playing CoD.

It all depends on what you want to do. Personally, I prefer the fake stuff.

RE: Second guitar
By SirLucius on 12/3/2007 3:44:23 PM , Rating: 3
I play real guitar. In fact I'm playing right now. I also enjoy playing Guitar Hero. It's a fun way to include non-musician's in my musical interests. Plus it's a great party game. Crack open a bottle of JD and let the fun begin.

Besides which, when was the last time you sat down and played an Eric Johnson, Dragonforce, or Metallica song straight through? They aren't exactly what most would consider easy. Hell, most of the songs in the game would require you be playing for some time before you could play them halfway decently.

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