Dhani Harrison to redegisn controller, make all my Rock Band dreams come true


Something has always bothered me about guitar rhythm games: we’re spending all this time to pretend to play a guitar when we could actually be playing a guitar. I felt a little better when drums were thrown into the mix that was actually somewhat like playing the drums – but the guitar? It felt like a waste of effort. Not anymore.

Son of Beatles Guitarist George Harrison, Dhani, revealed that he’s working on “Rock Band 3,” and he’s going to redesign the controller so it actually teaches you to play a real guitar:

“I’m working on ‘Rock Band 3’ and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” he says. “Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.”

Chicago Tribune

A new controller, bound to be incompatible with previous Rock Band games?  An undoubtedly more precise and complicated gameplay system?  Sounds bold. Risky. …but it’s about time somebody changed the name of the game. Rock on, Harrison.

[via Kotaku]


  1. Wow, I had no idea he was in Thenewno2. I liked their free DLC track from Rock Band 2.

  2. The whole point of the guitar hero games, or any video game, is that you are pretending to do something that you can’t really do. I can’t guide a civilization to world dominance, or win WWII single handed, or play a real instrument. I can press a button in response to an audiovisual cue, but that’s not music.

    Creating music takes something special, and I don’t have it. I’ve tried over many years and many instruments, but it has always been a lot of work for dead, mechanical results, and it has never been fun.

    Rhythm games take what I can do, recreating a series of button presses, and lets me pretend to make music. They give me something that I failed to capture for years, and I can’t thank them enough for that.

    I wish all the people who CAN actually make music would shut up about rhythm games. You would rather be playing a real guitar. I get it. Get off your freaking high horse and stop whining. I never hear anyone saying “Civilization is nothing like REAL global politics.”

    In summary, people who play real guitars should shut up and stop being elitist prigs.

  3. A new controller could easily be backwards compatible. The bigger issue would be that older controllers (and old song tracks) might not be forwards compatible, if the new game is fundamentally different. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they manage to reach a good balance, though, where everything works with everything else but you just get a more realistic experience when using the new controller on the new game. Guess we’ll see it when we see it, though.

  4. Mike, this wouldn’t take THAT aspect away actually.

    You’d still be mechanically hitting buttons in sync with the notes scrolling down the screen. So it still avoids requiring you to be a musician. It’s just that the motions that you’re doing with your hands will actually map to a guitar instead of mapping only to the controller. This is not a bad thing, if it’s done right, it’s not THAT much harder than what you’ve got currently, and it’s still all down to muscle memory; it’s just now muscle memory that’s useful for other things too.

    What ends up happening as a result is that even if you’re a failure of a musician, you can still enjoy it, but it also acts as a bridge where you can learn the instrument at the same time and then if you’re a capable musician, you can actually play afterward. It’s still a game, but it also becomes a learning tool at the same time. This is basically win-win.

  5. is anybody else sick of hearing about rockband/guitar hero?

  6. @ j@]{O

    yep. But the way the latest releases have gone, I think we will be hearing less and less.

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