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  • Blog Post: Kotick On Success, Failure, And The Challenge Of Innovation

    Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has a reputation in the industry for speaking his mind. In a new interview, Kotick talks about how he fosters innovation within the company, outlines the rise and fall of Guitar Hero, and speaks candidly about the stings of failure. Activision pulled the plug on Guitar Hero... More
  • Blog Post: Ex-DJ Hero Devs Creating New Music Game For iPhone

    The DJ Hero series was a classic case of "wrong place, wrong time." In spite of being – in my opinion – one of the most innovative and enjoyable music game franchises ever, developer FreeStyle Games was caught up in both a massive restructuring at Activision and a widespread decline... More
  • Blog Post: Deadmau5 Heads Up Latest DJ Hero 2 Track Pack

    Despite giving up on the DJ Hero franchise and announcing that no new DLC was planned, Activision has announced a new three-track downloadable pack for DJ Hero 2. The new "Ultra Mix Pack," which is available now, features the following three songs: "House Music" by Benny Benassi "Sofi... More
  • Blog Post: DJ Hero 2 Keeps the Mixes Coming

    Activision is keeping the DJ Hero 2 party going with three new mixes now available for the game. The Indie Hip Hop Mix Pack features: "My World Premiere" by Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf mixed with "The Red (Instrumental)" by Jaylib "Party Hard" by Perceptionists ft... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Activision Developing Dance Hero Title

    It's been a tough year for Activision games that contain the word "Hero" in the title, but now rumors are circulating that the company is working on Dance Hero, a new franchise that emulates such successful series as Ubisoft's Just Dance and Harmonix's Dance Central. According to... More
  • Blog Post: Guitar Hero May Be Dead, But Its DLC Isn't

    Activision made the announcement a couple of weeks ago that their formerly massive franchise Guitar Hero has met its end. However, fans of their plastic instruments will be able to get some more life out of them thanks to a recent announcement. Because of "continued support" from the series'... More
  • Blog Post: DJ Hero 2 Scratches Up Three New DLC Tracks Featuring Pendulum

    Activision’s Hero brand is suffering a tragic death , but DJ Hero still has a few DLC tracks to offer up before it gives up the ghost. Australian electronic music act Pendulum is currently touring with Linkin Park, but developer FreeStyleGames is letting gamers experience their music in a more... More
  • Blog Post: Vicarious Visions Hit With Layoffs, FreeStyle Games Future In Doubt

    The fallout from Activision's labor reducing efforts continue today, with reports that the company's Vicarious Visions studio has been hit with layoffs. According to Develop , "around fifty" employees have been let go from Vicarious, which has largely worked on licensed games and Wii... More
  • Blog Post: No More Guitar Hero/DJ Hero DLC

    Activision will drop new downloadable support for its music games in just a few weeks, only a few months after the release of the latest installment. In a FAQ posted to the DJ Hero website, Activision has revealed plans to discontinue releasing DLC for its Guitar Hero and DJ Hero games after February... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Guitar Hero Dead, Massive Activision Layoffs

    UPDATE: Activision confirmed that its Guitar Hero division is closing, DJ Hero is being killed, and that True Crime Hong Kong is being canceled in its fourth-quarter conference call this afternoon. Our condolences to everyone who lost their jobs. ORIGINAL STORY: Activision's quarterly financial conference... More
  • Blog Post: Get 50% Off Activision Stuff On Xbox Live

    Xbox Live's big sale on Activision-published content could help you save lots of money...providing you want the specific items on sale. Some of the content is pretty neat, like Carcasonne for 400 points, or the Call of Duty: World at War map pack bundle for 1000 points. You can also pick up mix packs... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Drops 2010 Music Game Prices

    Activision has announced price drops for both of their fall 2010 music game releases, DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Cue more chatter about how the music game genre is dying. GamrFeed reports that standalone copies of DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock have dropped in price $10... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Blizzard, Zynga Hit With Patent Suit

    Online tournaments have become a fairly standard part of the gaming landscape, but the way that Activision Blizzard and Zynga have implemented them could land the companies in legal trouble. According to a complaint by Walker Digital, both companies have violated a patent that the company holds. The... More
  • Blog Post: New Hero DLC Wishes You A Merry KISS-mas

    New DLC is available for Guitar and DJ Hero faithful, offering tracks from best-selling artists KISS and Linkin Park. The Guitar Hero bundle features three KISS tracks which include “Rock and Roll all Nite,” “Detroit Rock City,” and “Calling Dr. Love.” Dubbed the KISS... More
  • Blog Post: Universal Music Shuts Down Pixel Force: DJ Hero

    Sadly, it looks like Eric Ruth Games' recently released 8-bit inspired remake of DJ Hero, entitled Pixel Force: DJ Hero, has been taken down. This news comes from Eric Ruth's Twitter account, where the indie developer writes: " Pixel Force: DJ Hero has been removed due to a C&D [cease... More
  • Blog Post: 8-Bit DJ Hero Game Now Available

    In August, We previously reported on indie developer Eric Ruth's Pixel Force: DJ Hero, a brilliant re-imagining of Activision's hit music game as an NES era title, and now we're happy to let you know that the game is complete and ready for download. Ruth is clearly a talented guy, as he's... More
  • Blog Post: DJ Hero 2 Adding Pixies, Linkin Park, Beastie Boys, More In DLC

    Activision has announced what's coming to DJ Hero 2 over the next few weeks, and it's an appropriately eclectic blend of DLC. Starting today, players can download the Hard Edge Mix Pack, which delivers Pixies' "Debaser" mixed with the Prodigy's "Invaders Must Die"... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Launching "Large Scale" Call Of Duty Next Year, New Transformers, And More

    Activision recently held a conference call in which they discussed big plans for next year. Staying true to the company's proven formula, they will be releasing sequels to successful franchises, but their description of 2011's Call of Duty project appears to be of a far grander scope than a new... More
  • Blog Post: Tiesto's New Video Made Exclusively Of DJ Hero 2 Footage

    Ultra-popular dance DJ and producer Tiesto has accomplished a first: his new video for his song "Speed Rail" is comprised completely of footage done in DJ Hero 2. The song, along with some other Tiesto mixes, appears in game, and he's decided to immortalize it in video form. You can check... More
  • Blog Post: Review Round-Up: Fallout, Vanquish, DJ Hero, And More

    If there was any doubt left that crazy video game release season had begun, let it be removed from your mind. We've had no less than six big reviews go up already this week, plus a couple from last week, and more are coming. We've collected links to all of the reviews in this story so you won't... More
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