Forbes Calls Rock Band A "Shameless Knockoff" Of Guitar Hero
As soon as we heard about the premise for Rock Band, we figured the accusation of plagiarism would pop up eventually. And now, thanks to Forbes, it has.
A recent article talks about Activision/Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, the outrageously successful Guitar Hero franchise, and the idea that EA's Rock Band is just a "shameless knockoff." The quote in question that has ignited quite the online debate is as follows:
"EA also teamed with MTV to sell Rock Band, a shameless knockoff of Guitar Hero that added drums, bass and a microphone to the world of make-believe rock stars. EA says it is returning to an 'auteur model' of designing games, taking bigger chances on fewer ideas."
Now, the Videogaming247 blog has tried to get EA to respond to the insinuation, but the publisher isn't about to get involved in the mud-slinging. All they said in reply was, "Unfortunately we can't comment on this," and that's where the subject ends. Well, that's where it ends for them, but what about you? Do you feel as if RB is a big ol' knockoff of GH? Are we looking at electronic theft of some kind? From our point of view, Rock Band simply built on an established and successful foundation, as most all developers have done at some point. It was just more visible because instead of the foundation existing on screen, it came in the form of physical instruments, so it seems more obvious. Of course, one could make an argument for the opposition as well, but we're just tossing out our 2 cents.
Oh, and let's not forget that GH followed RB's lead, after the latter introduced instruments other than a guitar. We could go back and forth on this all day.
Related Game(s): Rock Band 2
1/20/2009 Ben Dutka