Guitar Hero, the most revered game franchise of the 21st Century has run its course. Activision has decided to disband the Guitar Hero gaming unit, claiming that players have lost interest in the title.
That will come to a stunner to many an onlooker, until he sits down and thinks how Activision saturated the market with sequel after sequel of the by now legendary game.
Just doing a quick recap:
Guitar Hero: November 2005
Guitar Hero II: November 2006
Guitar Hero Encore Rock The 80s: July 2007
Guitar Hero III Legends of Rock: October 2007
Guitar Hero Aerosmith: June 2008
Guitar Hero World Tour: October 2008
Guitar Hero Metallica: March 2009
Guitar Hero Smash Hits: June 2009
Guitar Hero 5: September 2009
Band Hero: November 2009
Guitar Hero Van Halen: December 2009
Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock: September 2010
That is, six main games were released. And counting all spin-offs, 12 separate titles were issued. Talk about not giving people enough room to breathe…
Plus, the Rock Band games were impossible to beat for Activision – later installments of Rock Band always ranked better than the Guitar Hero contingent.
But all these facts matter little now. One of the most distinctive games in modern history is no more. Air guitar nuts like me will never forget it. Because (I have to admit it) my chances of ever learning to play “Won’t Get Fooled Again” for real are absolutely non-existent.