Musicians Travis Barker and DJ AM were the only two survivors of a plane crash late Friday night that claimed the lives of four others, including two of Barker's close associates. Barker and AM suffered second and third-degree burns. They are in critical condition but are expected to make a full recovery.
The tragedy comes just a few weeks before the release of "Guitar Hero: World Tour," which features Barker as an in-game character. The soft-spoken former drummer for Blink-182 consulted with "Guitar Hero" publisher Activision for the making of the game.
The game will let players play as Barker -- on drums only -- after they beat a rendition of Blink-182's "Dammit."
Today, the publisher released the following statement to MTV Multiplayer regarding Barker's accident: "We send our deepest condolences to the families of those who were lost in the tragic accident this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis Barker, an amazingly talented musician with whom we have worked closely, and DJ AM during this difficult time. We wish them both a speedy recovery."
At E3 Barker spoke to MTV Multiplayer briefly about his work in "Guitar Hero: World Tour," telling me he was excited to see himself motion-captured into the game. "Some of my playing is unorthodox, so it's going to look neat in a video game," he said. A natural lefty who drums righty, Barker also provided input on the design of the drums, which are debuting as a new instrument for this year's "Guitar Hero" sequel. His main input: make it easy for lefties to play as it is for righties.
An outpouring of condolences for those who lost their lives in the crash has flooded in to MTV News since Friday's event. For more on the story, go to MTVNews.com.
by James Montgomery
If you mention Digital Praise's "Guitar Praise" game to anyone of a certain age (read: "old"), they'll inevitably--and probably half-jokingly--ask the question: "Oh, is Stryper in the game?"
This is for a variety of reasons:
a) For 25 years now, Stryper have been the go-to punchline for anyone making a joke about Christian rock (their name is an acronym for "Salvation Through Redemption, Yielding Peace, Encouragement, and Righteousness" and one of their albums is called To Hell With The Devil)
b) There aren't really any other "Christian metal" acts that immediately spring to mind. And (primarily)
c) We are incredibly lazy. Read More...
If you want to quickly unlock all 85 master tracks in "Guitar Hero World Tour," GameStop is offering a solution.
In a print advertisement found in the new issue of Game Informer, GameStop promises a code to unlock all of the game's songs -- in exchange for a pre-order at their store.
Earlier this week, we revealed the fastest way to unlock all of the music in "Rock Band 2," also done with a code.
Now, it's unlikely GameStop has a "special" code that can't just be unearthed with a simple Google search, but it's an interesting strategy to invite pre-orders. Most pre-order bonuses are for content that you can't otherwise get. Here, you're just getting the same content as everyone else, but faster.
Does the prospect of easily unlocking every song compel your wallet, readers?
I recently got a copy of Fremont, California-based Digital Praise's "Guitar Praise" and unboxed it for all the world to see.
Made for the PC/Mac, the game is a Christian-oriented version of Activision's "Guitar Hero" that aims to combine the gameplay of the popular music franchise with Christian values.
I got a chance to play the game to see how it compares to its secular predecessors. A Christian message may be behind it, but does the gameplay and guitar peripheral hold up? Read More...
We here at MTV Multiplayer love our music games, so when we heard about Digital Praise's "Guitar Praise" for the PC/Mac, we knew we had to try it.
Today, I finally received my copy of the game in the mail. The box includes the CD-rom game and wireless guitar controller. The back of the box says you can "Jam with the Band!" and that there are "over 50 pulsating hits" by Flyleaf, tobyMac, dc Talk, Skillet, Stellar Kart, Newsboys and more.
Features include onscreen lyrics that "emphasize Christian themes," a co-op or "power duel mode" and online leaderboards.
Read on to see close-up images of the box, the guitar peripheral and screenshots. (And stay tuned for my impressions.) Read More...
If the 85 master recordings aren't enough for players of "Guitar Hero: World Tour," they can create their own playable tracks with the in-game music studio feature.
Neversoft senior producer Aaron Habibipour, who also plays real guitar and is in a band, showed me the game's music studio during a demo in a New York City hotel suite last month.
Here's a rundown on the three main sections -- recording, mixing and sharing -- of the "GH: WT" music studio: Read More...
Today Konami confirmed to MTV Multiplayer that there are no plans to make a guitar peripheral for its band game "Rock Revolution."
"At this time, Konami will only be releasing 'Rock Revolution' with a drum peripheral; there are no plans for a guitar peripheral," said Mondona Akhazan, an associate product manager at Konami. "Initially, when we started making the game, we designed it to be more of a drum-focused game. We have our competitors out there that created games that are focused more around the guitars, so with this we really wanted to pay homage to the drummer."
However, Konami reiterated that competing titles' guitars -- namely those of Activision's "Guitar Hero" and MTV's "Rock Band" -- will work with the game (at a demo today, I used a wireless Xbox 360 "Guitar Hero" guitar). The "Rock Revolution" drum set will also be compatible with the other games, even though it has six pads, while "Rock Band" has four and "Guitar Hero: World Tour" has five.
According to PR at the event, the "Rock Revolution" game will recognize which drum set you're using and how many inputs the peripheral has. Then the game will reconfigure and scale the drum tracks to have the corresponding amount of playable notes depending on the drum peripheral being used.
The stand-alone game comes out on October 14, while the game and drum set bundle will be released in mid-November. No price point has been announced at this time.
'Rock Revolution' Works With Competing Guitars, Not Yet Confirming Its Own
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Just as "Rock Band 2" launches, we're reminded of the "Guitar Hero" juggernaut.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said at the company's analyst day today that "Guitar Hero: Aerosmith" has generated more money for the band than any of their albums.
"[Their] version of 'Guitar Hero' generated far more in revenues than any Aerosmith album ever has," said Kotick. "Merchandising, concert sales, their ability to sign a new contract [have] all been unbelievably influenced by their participation in 'Guitar Hero.'"
An Aerosmith rep was not able to confirm Kotick's statement by press time.
Looks like Metallica should be pretty excited for their "Guitar Hero" title.
13 Songs In Both ‘Rock Band 2? And ‘Guitar Hero: World Tour’
Brett Ratner Wants To Make A ‘Guitar Hero’ Movie
Suggested Songs For Christian Music ‘Guitar Hero’ Clone
[Update: Turns out there are 13 songs, not 10!]
One reason gamers might be interested in picking up both "Rock Band 2" and "Guitar Hero: World Tour" is simply to have more songs to play.
For the most part, that will end up true, but in just the primary set list alone, there are ten songs that virtual musicians will find in both games.
The tracks that will be found on both games are as follows:
* The Allman Brothers Band - “Ramblin' Man”
* Blondie - “One Way or Another”
* Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer”
* Dinosaur Jr. "Feel the Pain"
* Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
* Fleetwood Mac "Go Your Own Way"
* Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song”
* Jimmy Eat World “The Middle”
* Lacuna Coil "Our Truth"
* Modest Mouse “Float On”
* Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
* Smashing Pumpkins “Today”
* Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”
There are 84 tracks on the "Rock Band 2" disc, compared to "Guitar Hero: World Tour"'s 86 songs. Some crossover is expected. But can someone explain how "Eye of the Tiger" managed to end up in both games? Maybe the last "Rocky" movie was a big hit at Harmonix and Neversoft.
Of course, in a dream world, there's just one big game with all these songs…
Potential "God of War" movie maker Brett Ratner would really like to make a "Guitar Hero" movie.
But the "X-Men" and "Rush Hour" director doesn't think Activision would want him to.
Ratner spoke to my MTV News colleague Jocelyn Vena yesterday for an interview primarily about his "Best Director" Video Music Awards nomination for his work on Miley Cyrus' "7 Things" music video. Since Ratner has done a lot with "Guitar Hero" lately -- he had Miley pretending to smash "Guitar Hero" instruments on the set of "7 Things," had "GH" in his Mariah Carey video and got it on American Idol -- we needed to ask him what else he has in store for the game.
This was his unexpected response:
"I love 'Guitar Hero' and I think it's a part of pop culture. I would love to do a 'Guitar Hero' movie, if Activision would ever let me. I'm trying to convince them, but why would you have a movie screw up such a huge franchise? Not that I would make a bad movie. So that would be cool, to do a 'Guitar Hero' movie. "
And here is his idea for the plot: Read More...