October 21, 2005

Gibson offers new way to ‘play’ guitar

By Antony Bruno

SAN FRANCISCO (Billboard) - Gibson Guitar has teamed with
videogame developers Harmonix and RedOctane for a new musical
simulation game called "Guitar Hero." The game will launch
November 1 on the PlayStation 2 entertainment system.

Gamers guide characters through a series of live
performances in venues that grow in size as the characters'
careers escalate. The goal is to play along to more than 30
licensed rock songs in the game using a customized guitar-based
controller created jointly by Gibson and RedOctane.

The "guitar" controller sports a five-button fret board, a
switch used for strumming and other peripherals like a whammy
bar. Players must select the appropriately colored button on
the fret board that corresponds to the prompts in the game
along to the rhythm of the song. Players most closely matching
the prompts gain points and advance their careers.

Songs in the game include Boston's "More Than a Feeling,"
Jimi Hendrix's "Spanish Castle Magic," Franz Ferdinand's "Take
Me Out" and the Donnas' "Take It Off."

The game and controller together are expected to retail for
about $70.