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Video Games Hurt Record Companies’ Profits by Patty Hodapp
March 6, 2009, 10:38 am
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Fans of Metallica won’t have to rock out on an air guitar any longer—soon they can jam on a plastic guitar instead. Guitar Hero: Metallica is expected to be released March 29, 2009. Metallica is the second band to put their name to the Guitar Hero series, which focuses on the songs of one band. While fans and avid Guitar Hero players eagerly wait till the end of March, some music industry analysts aren’t happy with the impact the game will have on the record industries.

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith sold 560,000 copies in its first week on the shelves—that’s more than three times the first-week sales of their last album. Needless to say, the Guitar Hero era is sweeping consumers interests. The problem, according to music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz, is that video game makers, not record companies, are in control.

Record companies are suffering because people steal music all the time. The games give bands a way to expose themselves, which hopefully translates to concert ticket sales and larger visibility to fans. With video game makers in control of this area of the market, record companies are missing out big time.

Guitar Hero: Metallica, is developed by Neversoft and distributed by Activision. The game will be released in North America, Europe and Australia on the PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. The game will support lead and bass guitar, drums and vocals.

-Patty Hodapp

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