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Red Octane has no intention of playing nicely with Rock Band

For fans of rock music rhythm games, the last quarter of 2007 is exceptional thanks to release of Rock Band and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Not so exceptional, however, is the situation surrounding the inter-compatibility of similar accessory hardware.

Despite Rock Band and Guitar Hero guitars both having the same characteristics of five colored fret buttons, a strum bar and whammy bar, compatibility of the hardware across games is rather spotty. The Guitar Hero III Les Paul accessory for the Xbox 360 works with Rock Band, but the Les Paul for the PlayStation 3 version of the game does not interface with Rock Band.

Rock Band developer Harmonix responded to this issue on its official forums, saying only, “Many of you have contacted us about the PS3 edition of Rock Band -- from issues with guitar compatibility to frustration that stand-alone guitars and drums for Rock Band have not yet hit stores,” but offering no other resolution except, “We promise to keep you updated and, in the meantime, we thank you for your patience.”

On the flip side, the Stratocaster guitar accessory that ships with Rock Band bundles does not work with either platform’s Guitar Hero III game. While Harmonix may be looking into ways of introducing the Guitar Hero III PS3 hardware into the Rock Band game, Red Octane has publicly expressed little interest in supporting Rock Band’s hardware in Guitar Hero III.

“I don't think we're too interested in having their guitars work on our game, because they're having a lot of issues with their guitars,” said Red Octane's co-founder and VP of business development, Charles Huang, to 1UP. “From our standpoint, to be quite honest, if you know a competitor's product has issues, there's not a whole lot of motivation to make these problematic controllers work with your game. Why would you want to cause yourself the headache?”

Huang’s comments reference the widespread reports of faulty Stratocaster strum bars that shipped in the initial shipment of Rock Band. Both Harmonix and EA have shown commitment to replacing hardware for all those affected, in addition to throwing in a free EA game.

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RE: Just get a real guitar
By mgambrell on 12/8/2007 3:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
There was one at an indie games convention in Austin last week. Can't remember what it was called. It figured out what notes you played through mic input and basically scrolled tablature past you. Its way too hard to work as a real game, but its worth keeping an eye out for. Can't remember what it was called.

RE: Just get a real guitar
By Justin Case on 12/8/2007 3:35:47 PM , Rating: 2
Any guitar will work, you just need a MIDI pickup, and some MIDI sequencing software. They've existed for over a decade, and it's even possible (adding a synth to the setup) to use a guitar to "play" any other instrument. A musician friend of mine has been doing that since 1996 or so.

Only problem is, a good MIDI pickup costs more than most consoles.

RE: Just get a real guitar
By DangerIsGo on 12/9/2007 1:14:29 AM , Rating: 2
I hate all you people that say 'just get a real guitar'. Most of the good people that play GH ALREADY play guitar! Thats how I was able to pick GH up fast and get good at it. And most of the regular GH people out there know that its just a game. You people that keep saying 'get a real guitar' need to cool it. In other words, we get your point already! I play both and I enjoy playing both. Yes, GH is fun and can be much more competitive than a real guitar (leagues, tournaments, etc..) but it will never replace a real guitar, and its always fun every once in a while to pick one up and play something real. But we know that. So all the people that whine about "people that play GH should pick up a guitar" need quit it.

RE: Just get a real guitar
By DangerIsGo on 12/9/2007 1:19:01 AM , Rating: 2
One more thing to add, even though guitar hero is just a game, it has helped my skills with real guitar. Certain fingers and patters that would have taken me a while to learn on regular guitar, I learned much faster from GH. For example, a standard progression of fingers Index->Middle->Ring->Pinky is hard for most people to do at really fast speeds (from what I've heard...its much easier to do it pinky->index). Most of the solos in GH have one of these progressions and picking it up there has helped me solo better on guitar. Sure its not the EXACT same thing, but it has helped with speed. Same with other fingering patters.

RE: Just get a real guitar
By UNHchabo on 12/10/2007 2:10:04 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's not really so much even skill at guitar that helps with GH though, it's overall musical ability. You'll have a much easier time, even as a non-guitar musician, if you have a solid understanding of rhythm.

RE: Just get a real guitar
By Justin Case on 12/11/2007 2:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure who you meant to reply to, but I never said "get a real guitar". Just that the technology to do what the GGP sugested has existed for a long time.

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