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Wii Guitar Hero III owners need new disc to fix mono issue

For a game so intensely focussed on music, the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock shipped for Wii with a rather unfortunate, but critical flaw. Although the first entry of the franchise on Wii advertises that it supports stereo sound output, with additional provisions made specifically for Dolby Pro Logic II, gamers quickly discovered that game only sends a monaural signal.

Dolby Pro Logic II is an evolutionary technology that is able to decode from a stereo source five separate full frequency channels that simulates true 5.1 sound output.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the title do not suffer from the same flaw, as the systems are able to output true discrete surround sound in Dolby Digital 5.1. Guitar Hero III on the PlayStation 2 also advertises stereo output with Dolby Pro Logic II provisions, but does not suffer from the monaural audio flaw.

For discerning Wii owners, however, this oversight has many dissatisfied from the less than ideal aural experience that is Guitar Hero III. After months of silence, Activision has finally revealed its plans on how to remedy the situation for those who own the game for Wii. Unfortunately, such a fix will not be a simple issue of downloading a patch.

"We recently became aware that some consumers have not been able to enjoy the full audio output in the Nintendo Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. We are currently working with Nintendo and are planning to issue an improved audio experience in future versions of the game," said Activision spokeswoman Rhy-Ming Poon to IGN. "We expect to have re-mastered discs available by early 2008 and we will be offering consumers replacement discs at no cost once they become available. We thank all of our customers for their support and patience."

While Wii owners may have to deal with the hassle of disc replacements, it's possible that Activision may see fit to incorporate some of the DLC from the other versions into the new Wii revision. Such new features as co-op quickplay and the boss battle track pack may find their way into the new pressings, though Activision hasn't made any comments regarding any such additions.

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No patches for the Wii
By obeseotron on 12/8/2007 1:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
I can't believe there is no mechanism to patch a Wii game and they actually have to press new discs. I know the Wii only has half a gig of flash, but 360 game patches only seem to be a meg or two based on the 1-2 second download time, so space shouldn't be an issue.

RE: No patches for the Wii
By AOforever1 on 12/8/2007 3:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
Actually; 512mb internal flash.

RE: No patches for the Wii
By AOforever1 on 12/8/2007 3:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
oops; didn't see your "half" part. Please forgive and disregard.

RE: No patches for the Wii
By Alexstarfire on 12/8/2007 5:49:05 PM , Rating: 3
No offense, but I think it's great that they can't patch games. While it sucks in situations like this, it prevents things like COD4 from happening. Patching is something that should only happen for computers. I mean, on consoles they only have 1 configuration, per console, to work with, so they shouldn't have any game glitches or bugs.

RE: No patches for the Wii
By ZavyZavy on 12/10/2007 5:11:14 AM , Rating: 2
I agree,

Although it can be said that as games become more complex then patches become more and more necessary, the allowing of patches can encourage poor software engineering and software project management. It can also encourage publishers to pressure developers to release a game that is not ready because they can “patch it” later.

However, patches can come in handy depending on your game type. For example games like Warcraft 3 and Starcraft need patches because the highly dynamic game play elements – and the need to balance it (especially for competition purposes). One reason why games like that are best suited to PCs.

I guess the same could be said about fighting games, but if I had to download a patch to balance Voldo and Mitsurugi because they were too strong would shout poorly designed game.

RE: No patches for the Wii
By The0ne on 12/11/2007 8:15:14 PM , Rating: 3
What you said is unrealistic. Software will always contain bugs. Software development environments tend to be stressed by time and schedule and as thus creates unintended bugs. Well, some bugs anyways :)

Granted most consoles games aren't as buggy compare to PC games but that doesn't mean they don't have them. It's only a matter of time before bugs are reveal and even exploited. I wish PC games weren't as buggy :)

I was about to get GH III for Wii...
By Lazarus Dark on 12/8/2007 7:01:20 AM , Rating: 2
But I didn't know about this. I only have a Wii. So I think I'll just wait until they have fixed discs selling in stores.

Rock Band just doesn't appeal to me, it doesn't seem as elegant as GH. Plus, I hang out with a lot of metal bands and they all love GH, but few seem interested in Rock Band. GH for someone in an actual band is like a Nascar driver in a driving sim, except the band members get to compete in a way they normally don't which is a blast. But Rock Band for an actual rocker is like giving the Nascar driver the keys to your Gremlin. This is what they do every day, only lamer.

RE: I was about to get GH III for Wii...
By Zurtex on 12/8/2007 7:29:07 AM , Rating: 2
My little bro has got this on the Wii, it only really affects you if you are very in to sound or have a surround sound set-up. Mono isn't as bad as it sounds (du du dum), apparently House M.D is broadcast in mono.

By fk49 on 12/8/2007 11:16:03 AM , Rating: 3
It's true that you don't notice the mono output in single player or co-op, because that's just one line of sound. However, I believe its been causing problems in multiplayer faceoffs, because the sound of the guitar will ONLY come from the first player, and you can't hear what the second player is doing at all.

By anindrew on 12/8/2007 11:38:02 AM , Rating: 2
It's nice to see Activision is going to replace the disks free of charge. They should include some new content to make up for the inconvenience. A lot of guitarists, gamers, and fans of music (in general) care greatly about quality of sound. I wouldn't say they're all audiophiles, but they certainly want something better than mono.

Also, House, M.D. (at least in HD) is broadcast in 5.1 surround.

Too many bugged games lately
By Holytrinity on 12/9/2007 2:01:29 AM , Rating: 2
Serves the dumbasses right. When a game that almost completely relies on audio has this problem, it makes you wonder how the bugtesters didn't notice.

RE: Too many bugged games lately
By xti on 12/9/2007 4:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
what...serves them right? they are replacing disc's...and decently fast...que mas quieres....

By Alpha4 on 12/8/2007 3:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
How does Actiblizzion plan on distributing these replacement discs? Will it be strictly mail-out fullfilments? Swappouts at our local Best-buy, EBgames, Gamestop? Will we be required to dig up the original packaging & Manual as well?

I can see certain stores refusing to sacrifice shelf-space for 2x volume to accomodate these swaps, so for those of us who purchased from there will we be reimbursed for shipping? If Actiblizzion doesn't end up sending out pre-payed, pre-labled shipping packages then when can customers expect a rebate?

Also, what will the turn around times be? Does this apply to Canada, UK & Japan?

... There are so many things that can go wrong with a recall like this -_-.

RE: Distribution
By IceTron on 12/10/2007 2:21:45 AM , Rating: 1
Maybe you should just wait and find out instead of whining.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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