Red Octane Comes to Washington
If you're going to get beat by anybody at Guitar Hero, it might as well be by one of the guys who invented the game.
Red Octane founders Charles and Kai Huang were in Washington on Friday. If you've ever picked up a habit for one of the Guitar Hero games, you've seen their company logo about a million times or so. This is the company that partnered up with also now-famous software developer Harmonix a few years ago to create the air guitar game that has become a bit of a phenomenon. (Red Octane, now owned by Activision, did the guitar controller; Harmonix did the game software.)
Red Octane's next title is based entirely on the band Aerosmith, and will feature 30 or so songs spanning the band's career. Kai Huang said there are plenty of bands who could carry a game, though he wouldn't say if anything is in the works.
The brothers Huang weren't making much in the way of new announcements, though they did tell some interesting tales. Once upon a time, for example, the two guys had to take second mortgages on their homes to fund the game because they couldn't get anybody to invest.
According to research firm NPD, the franchise has $1 billion in sales.
The brothers also wouldn't comment on a lawsuit filed last week against parent company Activision. Guitar maker Gibson says that the GH games violate a patent it filed in 1999.
Turns out Charles Huang is at about the same level I am in the game - a little over halfway through the game's "expert" level. Also turns out he's way better than me at the game, besting me in two out of
three rounds. Fortunately (for me) Post.com's video folk only incorporated some video from the first round, "Mississippi Queen", where I won pretty soundly...
Personally, I've been spending more time on Rock Band than Guitar Hero. Anybody got any take on the Rock Band versus Guitar Hero thing?
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