Activision is offering refunds for Guitar Hero Live if purchased between December 1st, 2017 to January 1st, 2019

Oct 25, 2017
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#9
Guitar Hero Live was online only? What the hell for?
It wasn’t online only, but the game itself only had a small selection of songs.
The meat of the games tracks were in the Spotify style streaming ode that was actually really cool.

Sucks to see it get shut down, but it’s the nature of the beast.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,730
#10
It wasn’t online only, but the game itself only had a small selection of songs.
The meat of the games tracks were in the Spotify style streaming ode that was actually really cool.

Sucks to see it get shut down, but it’s the nature of the beast.
Why is that cool? It means the game loses a huge chunk of value now that the servers are gone It's not like the hardware was an issue, Blu Rays have a ton of space for music.
 
#11
Why is that cool? It means the game loses a huge chunk of value now that the servers are gone It's not like the hardware was an issue, Blu Rays have a ton of space for music.
The issue is that every song was a video file, too, and there's only so much that even a BD-50 can hold. By the end of GHTV's life, they wound up with nearly 500 songs, to go with the 42 that were on-disc.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,901
#12
Guitar Hero Live was online only? What the hell for?
Had two modes. The offline mode had you playing along with recorded videos of a band playing in front of an audience, and if you started messing up, it switched to another video of the audience getting angry and your band members pissed off at you. The online mode was like the MTV of old - it was constantly streaming music videos, separated into different half-hour themed shows, and you could play along with the videos. Then you could spend points to choose a specific music video of your choice rather than just whatever was currently playing.

That mode is gone, so the song list went from hundreds of songs to 42. It was a great idea, and a very fun mode, and you didn't have to pay extra money for any of those songs, but now that the server is shut down we experience the bad side, that we get zero extra songs. They shut the server down because they weren't making enough money to make it worth renewing the song licenses.
 
Oct 25, 2017
7,730
#14
The issue is that every song was a video file, too, and there's only so much that even a BD-50 can hold. By the end of GHTV's life, they wound up with nearly 500 songs, to go with the 42 that were on-disc.
Didn't realize they had a unique video for every single song. I assumed they hand only a few pre recorded clips. That is pretty cool in context.
 
#16
Didn't realize they had a unique video for every single song. I assumed they hand only a few pre recorded clips. That is pretty cool in context.
Some songs used a generic video, but for the most part, they got the original music videos. The team that developed the game mentioned it was actually a lot easier to add content that way since there were less hurdles to hop over compared to the previous games, which had required stems for each instrument to be present. Rock Band still uses that method, but they're a lot laxer these days so some songs will be little different from having an MP3 playing and have no hard audio cues for misses or new mixes.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Speed Force
#21
Pretty sure I bought in 2016. Plus I’m not in the US so what does it matter.

It was a great game. Song streaming meant it was always going to be time limited but it was great while it lasted. Most fun I had in the series. Six buttons was way better too.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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#22
Why is that cool? It means the game loses a huge chunk of value now that the servers are gone It's not like the hardware was an issue, Blu Rays have a ton of space for music.
Conceptually, it allowed you to access the entire DLC library for free. Imagine getting all of the songs in the Rock Band catalogue, included with your base purchase.

They never quite figured out a good business model, though.
 
Oct 27, 2017
1,901
#23
Conceptually, it allowed you to access the entire DLC library for free. Imagine getting all of the songs in the Rock Band catalogue, included with your base purchase.

They never quite figured out a good business model, though.
I thought it was a good enough business model, once I got far enough into it I would occasionally pay money for more points to play my favorite songs. It's more a marketing problem, trying to market a new plastic-instrument game with its own unique instrument, and I didn't see hardly any marketing for it at all after it launched.
 
Oct 25, 2017
248
#25
Why is that cool? It means the game loses a huge chunk of value now that the servers are gone It's not like the hardware was an issue, Blu Rays have a ton of space for music.
As others have said they had the original music videos, and it was awesome to have friends over and pay a nominal fee and have access to the entire online library of songs.