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Old 10-28-2008, 08:28 AM
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So what do you guys think about Activision prohibiting the use of rockband controllers with guitar hero world tour? I find it to be quite a funny attempt to get you to buy only their stuff.

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/...nd-fine-print/
(There was also an article on Kotaku)
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:06 PM
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Do the Rock Band controllers really not work with World Tour? The way I read that they were just saying they don't officially support the controller so they don't have to worry about do customer service for the other controllers. If the game really doesn't work work other controllers then I think it is a poor attempt at Activision to get more money and has made it real easy for me to decide to not buy that game.
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I am pretty sure the controllers work but that Activision just isn't happy about it.
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So what do you guys think about Activision prohibiting the use of rockband controllers with guitar hero world tour? I find it to be quite a funny attempt to get you to buy only their stuff.

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2008/...nd-fine-print/
(There was also an article on Kotaku)
Seems like a smart move, why would you want your own peripherals useable with a competitors product? That would be retarded from a buisness perspective. It's not like you're bitching about PS3 controllers not working for the 360, and vice versa, so why these?
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I believe the Guitar Hero EULA explicitly states you can't use any third party controllers (so no generics either), just their official guitars and maybe the keyboard on the PC/Mac version. Personally, I don't think they can actually enforce that claim (see for example AT&T losing the ability to lock down what devices you could connect to the phone network, ushering in a telecom revolution), but IANAL.
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Seems like a smart move, why would you want your own peripherals useable with a competitors product? That would be retarded from a buisness perspective. It's not like you're bitching about PS3 controllers not working for the 360, and vice versa, so why these?
I would argue that controllers connecting via proprietary things is lame, although I understand the software motivation behind it.

This is especially lame in the case of Xbox controllers, which are USB but with a custom connector (see also the previous generation of Apple USB Keyboards, which came with a special notch/pin in their extension cables so the cable could only be used with their keyboard).

It's also why I approve of things like the Wiimote, which uses standard Bluetooth and was easily reverse engineered for use with PCs and Macs. Best media remote out there for Mac, IMO, and it doesn't require a special USB dongle either.
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The big difference between a drum set and a controller (to me) is that a controller doesn't take up 1/4th of my roon.
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I would argue that controllers connecting via proprietary things is lame, although I understand the software motivation behind it.
Lame from a costumer PoV? Absolutely. But as a human being, living in a western society, you have to understand that everything revolves around money. Such is the beauty of capitalism. I certainly don't blame Activision, I would've done the same thing if I was sitting on a goldmine (Ok, silver, or even tin).
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Seems like a smart move, why would you want your own peripherals useable with a competitors product? That would be retarded from a buisness perspective. It's not like you're bitching about PS3 controllers not working for the 360, and vice versa, so why these?
That's not really a very good argument. People don't expect for controllers from different platforms to work together (though that would be awesome..), but controllers for the same platform should work. This is a decision that is anti-consumer and very bad for your PR, in my opinion. Especially when it was previously announced by the publishers that all three music games coming out this winter (RB2, GHWT and Rock Revolution) would all be cross-compatible. To have that not be true is very lame...and like previously mentioned, makes it hard for me to justify the purchase of GHWT when I already bought/own the Rock Band 2 set.
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That's not really a very good argument. People don't expect for controllers from different platforms to work together (though that would be awesome..), but controllers for the same platform should work.
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.

The only thing, as you mentioned, that is wrong is that they previously mentioned that the controllers would be cross-compatible and that they're now backing out on that. But that's nothing news, people and companies back out of deals everyday.
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