Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Because You Can Never Have Enough Plastic Guitars

Peripherals have had a good last few years. They’ve gone from a subset of vision to a music video game industry wide pissing contest, and now it seems two more will be joining the competition.

Activision’s Bobby Kotick was quoted as saying “…you should expect to see many of our products to be playable on the television independent of console” at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference. (source) This comment was brought up after inquiries of the possibilities of a guitar hero that would plug directly into the television a la Hannah Montana Guitar Video Game (no seriously it exists).

Also, the You Rock Guitar (official site) is trying to bridge the gap between guitarists and guitar hero enthusiasts. Inspired Instruments is now taking pre-orders for this $180 stringed and fretted digital guitar that functions as both an instrument and game controller with the addition of $20-$30 console cartridges. It also acts as a USB/MIDI guitar and has an input for iPod’s to allow users to stream their own music with their guitar playing.

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