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Activision: ‘Music genre down significantly

Activision-Blizzard has joined sector rival EA and industry analysts in admitting yesterday that the music game genre is facing tough times. Last night during its earnings call Activision Blizzard admitted that the music game genre is down significantly”. One explanation for the rapid decline in music game revenues might be …

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DJ Hero: Renegade Edition revealed

Publisher Activision Blizzard has announced a second SKU to compliment its upcoming DJ Hero – the Jay-Z and Eminem endorsed DJ Hero: Renegade.

 Activision hasn’t yet revealed its UK pricing for the standard DJ Hero SKU, though estimates put it anywhere between 89.99 and 109.99. Guitar Hero was priced at …

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Music game revenues plummet

A bit of digging at the latest NPD results for the North American games market has shown that revenues generated by leading music genre brands Guitar Hero and Rock Band have fallen 49 per cent year-on-year over the last 12 months. Gamasutra reports that June was the second month on …

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Xbox 360 wireless mics get standalone SKU

The motion sensing wireless microphones bundled with Microsoft’s karaoke title Lips are to get their own SKU as the platform holder looks to talk up the benefits of the peripherals in all of the console’s music titles. CasualGaming.biz has the full compatibility list – click here to take a look.

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Miyamoto grabs Game Developers Hero award

Over 9,000 game developers from across the globe have declared Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto as their game developer hero. The international survey, commissioned by the Develop Conference, saw the Mario and Zelda creator take nearly 30 per cent of the total vote, at around 3,000 developer votes. It’s no surprise that …

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Genius uncloaks Scratch DJ peripheral

Amidst the backdrop of ongoing legal tussling, developer Genius Inc has lifted the lid on its own turn table peripheral that will be released alongside Scratch: The Ultimate DJ later this year. Designed by established DJ tech firm Numark, the device appears to be somewhat bulkier than that which will …

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EA spills the beans on Spore for Wii and DS

The home console debut and second DS outing for Maxis’ popular universe sim Spore have been officially revealed by publisher EA, with both titles due to hit retail by the end of the year. Spore Hero, the first Wii version of the series, offers ‘an accessible, story-driven action-adventure’. Players must …

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Guitar Hero Metallica bundle rocks on

European gamers are to be treated to an exclusive Guitar Hero Metallica bundle when the latest iteration of the hit music franchise arrives at retail on May 29th. The pack will include a copy of the game, a wireless guitar peripheral and a Metallica-themed faceplate depicting the iconic skull motif. …

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Guitar Hero outselling Rock Band 10:1 in Europe

Following impressive financial numbers, Activision Blizzard’s Mike Griffith has stated that the franchise now accounts for the majority share of music game genre sales in Europe and North America – in other words, it’s beating Rock Band. The publisher also revealed that 34m DLC tracks have been downloaded by Guitar …

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US: World Tour instrument pack wins at retail

Flying in the face of the wallet-tightening global credit crunch, it has been revealed that the full-price, complete band kit SKU of Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero: World Tour has to date outsold both of its cheaper SKU rivals in North America. Click here to read more over on CasualGaming.biz.

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