Originally Posted by Sensational
I don't really know where that law is written down, to me that is essentially the same thing. Two different products, competing with eachother, and they should be required to cooperate? It's as much anti-consumer of Sony and MS not to cooperate as it is of Activision and Harmonix/MTV games.
Games and their peripherals are different than Platforms. PS3 and 360 are platforms with totally different hardware that you have to take into account when developing software, where the games and their peripherals are totally separate (and the hardware involved with each peripheral is totally separate).
For example, the reason why you can't use a 360 controller with a PS3 is because it's different hardware (bluetooth on PS3 where the 360 uses a proprietary wireless tech), which would both need to be included in one instrument, which could theoretically happen...but it would be much more expensive.
All that said, the original argument was over whether it's lame that Activision did this..and in my opinion, it is. Their overly aggressive stance towards Harmonix/Rock Band 2 has really bothered me over the past year, and it's not all about this instance of instrument compatibility. For me it started with Red Octane blocking Harmonix's patch to allow GH controllers and RB controllers to work on eachothers' games, then continued with how much trash Neversoft/Activision has talked about Harmonix and Rock Band (at one point saying that 'Rock Band controllers are shit' in interviews). It all amounts to a very sour taste in my mouth and all the negativity helps drive the divide between players in each franchise and make people want to choose sides, imo.