"Guitar Hero for DJs..."

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DJ Hero

Recent Activision acquisition FreeStyleGames is hard at work on DJ Hero, a music rhythm game that will let gamers scratch to the beat of popular mash-ups with a laptop turntable peripheral, informed sources tell us today.

The game, which has been in development for nearly two years, is expected to hit shelves next summer and will likely include the ability to use Guitar Hero guitars for versus mode face-offs.

The controller, key to the game's success, has been through nearly a half-dozen iterations.

In the latest form, the device looks a lot like a simplified DJ Deck. There is a platter for scratching which will act like the strum toggle on a Guitar Hero guitar. Above the platter are three buttons for sampling. The controller also includes a cross fader and a sound effects dial which will act like the whammy bar in Guitar Hero.

Instead of flowing the musical notes down a guitar neck, DJ Hero will flow the music down and around a virtual record in a half arc. Either left top to middle bottom if you are left handed, or right top to middle bottom if you are right handed.

To play you will have to either hold a sample button and scratch, just hold a button or just scratch as the neon icons flow around the virtual vinyl.

Currently the wireless controller has grooves molded into the bottom so it will sit comfortably in a player's lap, though the team is also looking into legs for the deck so gamers can play while standing up.

The game in its current form features all mash-ups, think Beyonce Vs Jimi Hendrix, 50 cent Vs Beastie Boys. If they can nail the interface and get licensing for the music this could be a mammoth hit. Then again I love mash-ups.

no screen shots for this as yet...


Scratch: The Ultimate DJ

Looks like Activision will have some competition in the turntablism music niche - Scratch: Ultimate DJ is a new contender from 7 Studios, produced with the help of Quincy Jones III (not that one, his son - still good, though).

"Scratch will feature original recordings from the catalogs of many top urban artists and will allow players to re-imagine songs on the fly and add their own creativity," says Jones, "This feature sets it apart from other music rhythm games and makes it a dream come true for both casual music fans and serious DJs/producers."

If you were wondering how the 'scrolling fret' interface from all those other games might be translated into a more turntabulous mode, the answer seems to be.. exactly the same but with a picture of a deck next to it. Nice cel-shading, though.

Full press release after the bump...

GENIUS PRODUCTS AND GENCO INTERACTIVE PARTNER WITH
7 STUDIOS AND QUINCY JONES III (QD3) TO LAUNCH
NEW HIP HOP VIDEO GAME
Scratch: The Ultimate DJ
Fast Paced Rhythm Game Features Realistic
DJ Turntable-Style Controller From Numark

SANTA MONICA, Calif.- October 7, 2008 - Genius Products, Inc. (OTCBB: GNPI) announced that Genius Products, LLC and Genco Interactive, the gaming subsidiary of Genco Media, entered into a new partnership with 7 Studios and QD3 to develop and release a new hip-hop video game: Scratch: The Ultimate DJ. Developed by 7 Studios with creative input from music legend Quincy Jones III, CEO and chief creative officer of QD3 Entertainment and music producer for top artists Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J and Ice Cube, among others, Scratch combines free-form DJ tricks with great rhythm game-play. Scheduled to arrive in stores next spring, Scratch is set in distinctive urban environments and features songs from the biggest names in Hip Hop.

Featuring game-play similar to top-selling rhythm games, Scratch players use a realistic turn-table controller, the Scratch Deck, created by Numark, the world's largest manufacturer of DJ equipment, to manipulate music tracks in real-time. Players can choose from a diverse array of DJ personalities to make their way from garage DJ to scratch-master of the hottest nightclubs.

Scratch will be available on multiple next generation game systems.

"We are thrilled to be teaming with 7 Studios and Quincy Jones III to release a cutting-edge game that captures the vital energy of hip-hop culture", said Trevor Drinkwater, President and CEO of Genius Products. "We're confident that Scratch will take interactive music gaming to the next level and excite a large and relatively untapped fan base."

"With the recent success of music-driven videogames and the dominance of urban culture in the youth market, the potential for Scratch is endless," said Quincy Jones III, CEO and chief creative officer of QD3 Entertainment. "Having spent 20 years as a music producer for artists such as Tupac, LL, and Ice Cube, it is rewarding to work with 7 Studios, Genius and Genco to ensure that there is authenticity in every detail of this game.

"Scratch will feature original recordings from the catalogs of many top urban artists and will allow players to re-imagine songs on the fly and add their own creativity," he added. "This feature sets it apart from other music rhythm games and makes it a dream come true for both casual music fans and serious DJs/producers."

"Genco is focused on providing content creators the means to fund the development of a range of entertainment related products, including video games," said Alan Quasha, President of Quadrant Management and Chairman of Genco Media. "Scratch presents a great opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the Hip Hop music industry and bring an exciting new game to market."



 

Dustek

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What a fucking stupid idea. Its probably easier to mix on 2 cd decks and a mixer than in this game.

Lets be honest people, you can become a competent dj within a couple of months (or much faster if you really concentrate) and have people paying to hear you. Learning to play guitar at a pro level, thats a couple of years.
 

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As in you'd need the same amount of time to become excellent at this game as you would need to actually become a good dj. I can spend a year practising hard on my guitar but I will not be Santriani, a year on Guitar Hero and I will be a virtual Santriani. A year hard on the decks, I'm going to be pretty good.
 

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oh yeah, and apparently MC Hammer is working on a game with activision, speculation is it's DJ Hero
 

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im def on this. guitar hero was ridicuously addictive

Yeh, I love it. This'll be good too.

What a fucking stupid idea. Its probably easier to mix on 2 cd decks and a mixer than in this game.

Lets be honest people, you can become a competent dj within a couple of months (or much faster if you really concentrate) and have people paying to hear you. Learning to play guitar at a pro level, thats a couple of years.

Do you ever have anything positive to say? haha

really it's all about this imo

Haha
 

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Looks quite jokes, doubt ill buy it though.

If anything will turn into a party piece like the wii.
 
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