Activision Learns Lesson, Drops Celebrities From Guitar Hero

Perhaps sensing that a string of lawsuits wasn't terribly good for business, it appears publishers Activision will be dropping playable celebrity characters from the upcoming Guitar Hero 6.

After Courtney Love, Jon Bon Jovi and No Doubt spoke out over the use of famous likenesses in the game - often inappropriately - the latest issue of Game Informer brings word that not a single celebrity will be playable in the game.

They'll of course still appear in the game - Gene Simmons will be narrating, for example - but it appears the days of seeing Kurt Cobain do his worst Flavor Flav impression are mercifully over.

[via Go Nintendo]


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    Why have any celebs at all? I thought the whole purpose of GH (the early days anyway) was to give me the rockstar experience, playing as the very rockstars i want to become kind of defeats the purpose. Besides wouldn’t it be more productive to actually use your money to improve gameplay or have more/better songs than to drop a large chuck of money to have a celeb make a cameo?

      "Besides wouldn’t it be more productive to actually use your money to improve gameplay or have more/better songs than to drop a large chuck of money to have a celeb make a cameo?"

      That actually takes the most difficult thing in the world... effort. It's so much easier just to throw money at some celebrities to cover the problem!

        How much would Gene Simmons charge for his voiceover and likeness? 20 thousand? Maybe more. I don’t think GH fans really care about all this starpower (pardon the pun) I could personally care less if they paid some hobo they found on the street a bottle of vodka and a few smokes to narrate the game. They could use the left over money for slightly more requested things, like say, finally licensing stairway to heaven.

      Yeah I completely agree that they should probably focus on adding something new the game rather than bothering with another cameo... the only time it really matters to have actual likenesses is if they are doing a band game (Aerosmith, Metallica, Van Halen etc).

      As for Gene Simmons (TM)... it must be only a matter of time before the Kiss Marketing Machine (TM) gets in on the act of making a game based around Kiss (TM).

    I take it Activision'll take the route of forcing people to buy GH6 in order to download new content, just like they did with GH5...

    I'm surprised Courtney Love was against the Kurt Cobain character. I always thought she just got a pile of money for pimping her late husband's likeness to fuel her furious coke habit.

    never really got the point of them

    i mean beyond there song there kinda pointless just be better if they put in an awesome ass char creation that if we sp wanted to could create people similar to famous people saves on costs and its not there fault if i make batman

    thats ashame, but now they dont need to worry about paying more royalties for that, spend some time and money on revitalizing the franchise. after GH3, they've been all crap

    I'm surprised it took them this long. Perhaps having celebrities do cameo appearances for only their songs would work. However, I agree with Andrew Burdusel: need moar songs NOW!

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