The Guitar Hero series sometimes referred to as the Hero series  is a series of music rhythm games first published in by RedOctane and Harmonixand distributed by Activisionin which players use a guitar -shaped game controller to simulate playing leadbass guitarand rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs.
Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the virtual audience excited. The games attempt to mimic many features of playing a real guitar, including the use of fast-fingering hammer-ons and pull-offs and the use of the whammy bar to Who created guitar hero the pitch of notes.
Most games support single player modes, typically a Career mode to play through all the songs in the game, and both competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes. With the introduction of Guitar Hero World Tour inthe game includes support for a four-player band including vocals and drums. The series initially used mostly cover versions of songs created by WaveGroup Soundbut most recent titles feature soundtracks that are fully master recordingsand in some cases, special re-recordings, of the songs.
Later titles in the series feature support for downloadable content in the form of new songs. InRedOctane, a company specializing in the manufacture of unique game controllers, was inspired to create Guitar Hero based on RedOctane's experience creating hardware for Konami 's Guitar Freaks "Who created guitar hero" game.
They enlisted Harmonixwho previously developed several music video games, for development assistance. The series became extremely successful, leading to the acquisition of RedOctane by Activision in Activision brought Neversoft primarily known for their Tony Hawk series of skateboarding games on board for future development duties.
Additional companies, such as Budcat Creations and Vicarious Visions have assisted in the adaptation Who created guitar hero the games for other systems. The series currently has ten major releases seven Guitar Hero games, two DJ Hero games and Band Hero and five expansions on gaming consoles. On Tour seriesand an arcade game. The Guitar Hero franchise was a primary brand during the emergence of the popularity of rhythm games as a cultural phenomenon in North America.
Such games have been utilized as a learning and development tool for medical purposes. The first game Who created guitar hero the series was considered by several journalists to be one of the most influential video games of the first decade of the 21st century. Despite early success, the series, along with the overall rhythm game genre, suffered from poor sales starting in Company spokesman Eric Hollreiser said consumer research suggested continued solid demand for the series.
Activision later shut down sales of the series' downloadable content, although users who purchased material from it previously may still play what they bought. InActivision Who created guitar hero the first new title to the series in 5 years, Guitar Hero Livereleased in October The title is considered a reboot of the series, with development being performed by FreeStyleGameswho had developed the DJ Hero games previously.
Guitar Hero was created from a partnership between RedOctanethen their own company that produced specialized video game controllers, and Harmonixa music video game development company who had previously produced FrequencyAmplitude and Karaoke Revolution. RedOctane was seeking to bring in a Guitar Freaks -like game, highly popular in Japan at the time, into Western markets, and approached Harmonix about helping them to develop a music game involving a guitar controller.
Both companies agreed to it, and went on to produce Guitar Hero in Both Who created guitar hero and Harmonix experienced changes in As a result of the two purchases, Harmonix would no longer develop future games in the Guitar Hero series. Instead, that responsibility would go to Neversofta subsidiary of Activision known for developing the Tony Hawk's Who created guitar hero of skateboarding games. The company also began considering the expansion of the series to band-specific titles with Guitar Hero: It expanded upon the gameplay popularized by the Guitar Hero series by adding drum and microphone instruments, allowing players to simulate playing songs as bands.
Activision followed suit with the release of Guitar Hero World Tour inwhich supported multiple instruments. InActivision tripled its Guitar Hero offerings, and in addition to further continuation of the existing main series with Guitar Hero 5 and expansions, they introduced the titles Band Herogeared towards more family-friendly pop musicand DJ Heroa game based on turntablism and featuring a number of mixes.
With the release of Guitar Hero 5Activision considered the series to have moved away from its heavy metal basis into a broader selection of music. Guitar Hero 5 is the first game in the series to use a new version of the series' logo; previous games used Who created guitar hero logo in a font with sharper "points" on the letters, which considered "idiosyncratic with a vengeance" to match the games' emphasis on heavy metal music.
Activision used the services of the Pentagram design studio to refashion the game's logo. Pentagram developed a new font, removing some of the "aggressive odd" features to make the typeface more suitable and amendable to design feature incorporation to other such as Band Hero and DJ Hero.
Warriors of Rockuntil its completion, both studios were later shuttered by Activision, moving key personnel into Activision directly for future game development, and in the case of Neversoft, closing its Guitar Hero division, while transferring future development duties for the series to Vicarious Visions, another Activision studio which had been fundamental in building the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the games.
Ahead of Activision's fourth quarter financial report in FebruaryActivision disbanded its Guitar Hero business unit and announced that it would cease development of the planned Guitar Hero game.
Another potential Guitar Hero project was discovered by the archival site Unseen64 for a game titled Hero Worlda massively multiplayer online game that would link the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero games. The game had been developed by FreeStyleGames, sometime after the release of DJ Hero 2with the main development duties passed to Virtual Fairgroundusing their platform The Ride, an Adobe Flash -based Who created guitar hero that would let the game be played in a web browser.
The game was cancelled in along with other pending Guitar Hero projects.
No further downloadable Who created guitar hero for either Guitar Hero or DJ Hero was made after February though Activision committed to releasing content that was already in development by that time due to fan response;  later, in a move described by Game Informer as "the final nail in [the series'] coffins",  Activision announced it would discontinue all DLC sales for the series without revoking access to tracks already bought as of March 31, FreeStyleGames were given free rein to reboot the Guitar Hero series for next-generation consoles.
One of their first innovations was to drop the standard five-button guitar controller, ultimately Who created guitar hero a six-button guitar controller, with two rows of three buttons each, allowing them to mimic actual guitar fingering.
Guitar Hero Live was released with both a career and an online mode.
The career mode used full-motion video taken from the perspective of a lead guitarist underneath the note highway, to create an immersive experience to the Who created guitar hero. The online mode, called GHTVdiscarded the previous downloadable content approach and used a music video channel approach to stream playable songs to players, adding new songs to the catalog on a weekly basis.
The game was released in October Though the game was praised as a reinvention of the Guitar Hero series, the game did not sell as well as Activision expected; due to lowered forecasts, Activision let go of about half of FreeStyleGames' developers.
Guitar Hero is notable because it comes packaged with a controller peripheral modeled after a black Gibson SG guitar. Rather than a typical gamepadthis guitar controller is the primary input for the game. Playing the game with the guitar controller simulates playing an actual guitar, except it uses five colored "fret buttons" and a " strum instead of frets and strings. The development of Guitar Hero was inspired by Konami 's Guitar Freaks video game, which at the time, had not Who created guitar hero much exposure in the North American market; RedOctane, already selling guitar-shaped controllers for imported copies of GuitarFreaks, approached Harmonix about creating a game to use an entirely new Guitar controller.