Music-based video games are likely to top off the wish list for most gamers this holiday season. In the spotlight will be two upcoming games that define the genre:
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Guitar Hero III
Competition among Activision and EA is fierce, and in an interesting twist, the same studio,
, a division of
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MTV Networks, has created both games.
In 2005, then as an independent studio, Harmonix, fashioned a guitar-shaped accessory that gamers could use to play along with their favorite artists, resulting in
. The game was published by Activision, and its success turned Activision into a stock market darling.
game went on to sell more than 1 million copies, and its sequel,
Guitar Hero II
, has sold more than 3 million copies.
In September 2006, MTV bought Harmonix for $175 million. By then, Electronic Arts had lured the studio into a partnership, and Harmonix started developing
, the successor to
The revenue split between Harmonix, its parent, MTV, and EA for
hasn't been disclosed.
Activision's in-house studio, Neversoft, is developing the third installment of the
has been described as
on steroids. The game comes with
instrument-based accessories -- a guitar, a drum-shaped controller and a microphone for a lead singer.