More "Heroes" On the Way

As if the billion dollar Guitar Hero franchise wasn't enough, Activision today announced three more heroic titles for the product line: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, and Band Hero.

The most intriguing of the mix - DJ Hero, which includes a vintage turntable style controller. DJ games aren't new. Beatmania took a stab at this years ago, and became something of a cult icon. My guess is that a DJ game won't have nearly the same broad appeal of Guitar Hero. You don't see many people air-DJing, while just about anyone who has listened to Zeppelin at some point has dreamed of playing the ax for real. It's the delivery of this wish-fulfillment which has made Guitar Hero and Rock Band such potent forces, and any new innovations will need to harness that same kind of power.



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