Activision Roadblocks GHIII Guitar Support for PS3 Rock Band

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The magical patch from Harmonix that was going to give Rock Band on the PS3 some sweet compatibility with Guitar Hero III's guitar has been cockblocked by Activision. It was ready to go on Dec. 4, but Activision threw its hands (and probably lawyers) up in the air, so the patch is in limbo. Harmonix, on the other hand, will provide support to any third-party developer who wants to support Rock Band's gear, which is pretty cool on their part. Check out Harmonix's whole statement after the jump.

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Hi Everyone,

As we have said in the past, Harmonix and MTV Games believe in an open standard philosophy of hardware and game compatibility. We think that there should be interoperability between music instrument controllers across all music games. This is clearly in the best interest of consumers, game developers and console manufacturers and will only help to grow the music game genre as well as inspire innovation and creativity.

Two weeks ago, Harmonix created a software patch for the Sony PLAYSTATION 3 version of Rock Band that allowed for guitar compatibility and support for third party peripherals, including enabling use of Activision's Guitar Hero III controller with Rock Band. The compatibility patch was submitted, approved and had been scheduled for release by Sony on Tuesday, December 4. Unfortunately, Activision objected to the compatibility patch's release. The patch remains with Sony, but we have been told that it will unfortunately not be released due to Activision's continued objection.

As is the case with the Microsoft Xbox360, we believe that Sony PLAYSTATION 3 users should be able to use the peripheral of their choice with Rock Band. We sincerely hope that Activision will reverse its decision and allow release of the compatibility patch and further, that Activision will allow Guitar Hero III to support Rock Band guitar controllers as well. We welcome all third party developers who wish to support our controllers and will provide any required support in order for them to do so.

We believe that when consumers have choice, everyone wins. Harmonix and MTV Games hope that Activision and others will also adopt this philosophy.

Sincerely,

The Harmonix Team

[Rock Band Forums]

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@flyboy:

Wow, are you in any way related to Jack Thompson? Take a chill pill and go play some solitaire....with real cards. Mabey that's more your speed.

I forget where I read it (mabey here) but if you think about it, what really defines a musical instrument? Some folks believe we're only a few steps away from transitioning to actually creating music with these "toys" instead of just playing covers. All it would take is a smattering of more and smaller fret buttons and you could work out a no-strings guitar fairly easily and be able to use the same chords and finger movements and such as on a real guitar.

The drum set in Rock Band is even closer to a real instrument. Just give it the ability to emulate and assign differnt types of drums, cymbals, etc. and blamo, you've got yourself an electric drum.

Get this stuff going and make it MIDI capable, plug it in your computer, and start jamming! Yea, sure, "real" guitarists will scoff and guffaw at the idea but this stuff happens all the time from generation to generation. The older generation always had it harder and the older technology was always more difficult to use.

Embrace change folks. Hell, playing GHIII on hard gives me nightmares. I play it on medium and have fun. I will agree with FlyBoy and say though that if you can play songs perfectly or nearly so on hard and expert then you should really consider playing the real thing, in addition to, not necessarily in place of, the game version for the simple fact that if your fingers can move that quickly and you can follow the beats and match them that well, it's only a small stretch to play a real guitar. This goes double for these kids I've seen on YouTube doing it. Their parents should at least get them one of those FirstAct guitars at WalMart or something and let them give it a shot and mabey even some lessons. It would be easier for a kid to learn than an adult. Being an ace at Tiger Woods '08 does not mean you can grab some clubs and hit the links and do the same thing.