Prince Turned Down Guitar Hero Deal

Prince has said he turned down a deal to put his songs in Guitar Hero.

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Prince has said he turned down a deal to put his songs in Guitar Hero. Activision's already signed up the likes of Aerosmith, Metallica and Van Halen for the series - but the man from Del Minneapolis, he say no. "I ain't mad at them," he told The Tavis Smiley show, as reported by Gamespot. "I hear it made, like, USD 2 billion and they came to us and offered us a very small portion of that." Too small, it turns out. "I just think it's more important that kids learn how to actually play the guitar," Prince said. "It's a tough instrument - it's not easy. It took me a long time, and it was frustrating at first. And you just have to stick with it, and it's cool for people who don't have time to learn the chords or ain't interested in it. But to play music is one of the greatest things." The other greatest things being purple rain and raspberry berets, presumably. Thanks for the report to Eurogamer.net.

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    Grudgeshredder
    NightBladeXx wrote: rebeltildeth87 wrote: my god Prince just earned alot of respect in my book. ive never liked the guy but this is what ive been waiting for someone famous to say. +1, im sick of this whole guitar hero thing honestly... its just BUTCHERING good songs, take GH2's version of Beast and the Harlot or GH3's LaGrange
    and that was harmonix fault. I agree with prince on the Guitar Issue, but some people need to understand that some of the really good GH players do play real instruments (Trust me, I'm one of them.) But for others, they just can't do it. And besides, as long as Neversoft and Harmonix are making money, I really don't think they give a shit what we think about players picking up a real guitar.
    .Jamison
    Good for him! Seems like everyone is willing to force music down kids throats!
    Metallidethium
    rebeltildeth87 : my god Prince just earned alot of respect in my book. ive never liked the guy but this is what ive been waiting for someone famous to say.
    led zeppelin already did
    Unknownsage
    maidenfan15 wrote: RukiaTH wrote: Oh, and one more thing: How is this any different than somebody playing a war game and somebody tells them to "Go get in a real war, Call of Duty nerd" I'm going to copy and paste my argument from the Pit topic about this. I ***** hate this argument. Telling people to put down Guitar Hero and pick up a real guitar is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from telling people to put down Call of Duty and shoot real people. People who use this argument just can't think of anything else to say. Nobody actually says that people should put down CoD and join the army. That is a commitment you make for the rest of your life that can very easily get you killed. Telling people to pick up a guitar and seeing if they like it is a very good argument. People play games like GTA because they can't kill people in real life with consequences, but that isn't the case for Guitar Hero. Do you know how much time people spend playing this game? If they transferred that practice to a real guitar, they are doing something that everybody finds cool, not just your select group of friends, not to mention the possibility of a career out of it.
    Telling someone to pick-up a real instrument could end with them being on The 27 Club article on wikipedia. And big deal on how much time they spend. Most people spend it playing with their friends. And if someone spent the time they spent playing Call of Duty to train for the military they can also become famous. And whats not cool about being part of the armed forces? For those of you that are saying Prince is right I find you guys to be heavilly opinionated in a negative way. Not everyone has the time to play guitar, not everyone can play guitar, not everybody wants to play guitar. I find it tons of fun to play these games and yeah playing real guitar is cool but it's two completely different things. You got those that just wanna have fun and those that want commitment. And like someone said it helps educate kids in music. You guys are also forgetting Prince only said this because he didn't get all the money he wants.
    NightBladeXx
    rebeltildeth87 wrote: my god Prince just earned alot of respect in my book. ive never liked the guy but this is what ive been waiting for someone famous to say.
    +1, im sick of this whole guitar hero thing honestly... its just BUTCHERING good songs, take GH2's version of Beast and the Harlot or GH3's LaGrange
    darkwolf291
    Bair wrote: Who wrote this?? It made me a little sick that this passes as english these days.
    it's a direct quote..they didn't type it with bad grammar purposely
    lilypondkid2
    i agree to some extent. prince hit it dead on. music is such an amazing thing. it brings many people together. however, many kids discover new music through the game which can inspire, but my guess would be very few kids pick up an instrument. not sure what i wouldve done in prince's situation, but good call either way
    acid eaters
    BSM123456789 wrote: sav46e wrote: I hate hearing people say why not just play the guitar. why not just eat big mushrooms and jump on turtles instead of playing mario because playing guitar is actually rewarding, not like jumping on turtles
    trust me their both very rewarding :H:
    akronos
    also, if guitar hero doesnt start having some badass metal or at least some challenging songs for download, i'm going to scream loudly into a piece of popcorn
    captainassman
    prince is right but also wrong to a certain degree, its true that playing guitar or music for that matter is the greatest thing but hes wrong about guitar hero because for the most part guitar hero has probaly broughten more kids to play guitar and it also allows you to hear some good old music for example carry on wayward son and most 70s song that the guitar hero genre has. Anyways shame on guitar hero for adding a prince song, their starting to turn out like rock band
    akronos
    its stupid to think that someone who is truly passionate about guitar wouldnt pick it up regardless of whether or not they played guitar hero. its a dumb argument. playing guitar hero does not keep kids from playing actual guitar. period
    flame_mc
    maidenfan15 wrote: RukiaTH wrote: Oh, and one more thing: How is this any different than somebody playing a war game and somebody tells them to "Go get in a real war, Call of Duty nerd" I'm going to copy and paste my argument from the Pit topic about this. I ***** hate this argument. Telling people to put down Guitar Hero and pick up a real guitar is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from telling people to put down Call of Duty and shoot real people. People who use this argument just can't think of anything else to say. Nobody actually says that people should put down CoD and join the army. That is a commitment you make for the rest of your life that can very easily get you killed. Telling people to pick up a guitar and seeing if they like it is a very good argument. People play games like GTA because they can't kill people in real life with consequences, but that isn't the case for Guitar Hero. Do you know how much time people spend playing this game? If they transferred that practice to a real guitar, they are doing something that everybody finds cool, not just your select group of friends, not to mention the possibility of a career out of it.
    You forgot some important points: first, great part of guitar hero players just DON'T WANT to play real guitar, yeah, maybe you would prefer to play a real guitar than a mere game, me too, but understand that the people that play guitar hero isn't just playing like '' ohhh man I don't want to play real guitar, I prefer a game'', I know lots of people who played guitar hero over a year and then started playing a real guitar. and second and most important, and the main reason of disscussion topics like this, IT'S JUST A GAME, geez....actually it's simple as that, without saying that a GH set it's more cheap than a real guitar-amp set. But man, just my point of view. Anyway, I would love that every GH player started playing a real guitar, but maybe this is the start point of lots of musicians that, without this game, problably would been listening some techno shit.
    palefire
    I don't agree with him, but hey, I respect his decision. And at the end of the day; they're his damn songs, he can do what he likes with them. He doesn't have a duty to provide music for franchise games. Also if he doesn't feel he was being offered a fair deal for the money value, fair enough. To be honest, i don't know how well a Prince guitar hero game would do. Not sure if they really share the same market, and whether Prince's music is really guitar-orientated enough to make it work. A controller shaped like his guitar would be awesome though.
    metallica-#1
    James_Het_Rules : I'm with Prince on this one. I used to think he was really creepy, until i saw him playing guitar with Slash one day, and it was ****ing amazing. People should definately learn the real instrument first imo, and props to him for saying "No" to the GH games. Now that Prince has said no, that only leaves about a million bands left for GH to ask. What's next, Guitar Hero: Miley Cyrus & the Jonas Bros?
    actually, im pretty sure they came out with a Guitar Hero: Hannah Montanna already. im not really a huge fan of GH, the whole reason i started playing guitar was the first time i heard James Hetfield play guitar and i was like "WOAH... i gotta learn this stuff!"... not because i hopped on the guitar hero bandwagon and decided it would be cool to learn the songs on the game. guitar hero USED to be a good source of hearing old school music that kicked ass but lately theyve gotten WAY too commercial.. i mean since when did the guitar player from AFI ever becaome a "Guitar Hero"? theyve abandoned their roots and have gone commercial... like so many bands in that game :'(
    Tyjazz
    I agree with Prince all the way. I love playing the guitar and I don't like GH or RB. I feel it is bastardizing real musicianship. Let's make music not fake music.
    Ricky4635
    I think it's hilarous that people are saying "liKE OmFG LEaRRN the reaL tHIng LoSERS" I'm pretty sure everyone on this site should know how to play the guitar. And I really don't see what is so bad about Guitar Hero it's the same as any other video game.
    BrokenBricks
    guitar hero is awesome, because now that playing real guitar isn't cool anymore, there are way less *****s diluting it and ruining it for us real guitarists.
    TheLonging
    If it wasn't for Guitar Hero, I would have never learned to play a real guitar, or drums, or any instrument for that matter. That being said, I respect Prince for his decision.
    Kill'emall 83
    Thats why I picked up a guitar was guitar hero and I think alot of people are picking up guitar cause of this game.
    maidenfan15
    RukiaTH wrote: Oh, and one more thing: How is this any different than somebody playing a war game and somebody tells them to "Go get in a real war, Call of Duty nerd"
    I'm going to copy and paste my argument from the Pit topic about this. I ***** hate this argument. Telling people to put down Guitar Hero and pick up a real guitar is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from telling people to put down Call of Duty and shoot real people. People who use this argument just can't think of anything else to say. Nobody actually says that people should put down CoD and join the army. That is a commitment you make for the rest of your life that can very easily get you killed. Telling people to pick up a guitar and seeing if they like it is a very good argument. People play games like GTA because they can't kill people in real life with consequences, but that isn't the case for Guitar Hero. Do you know how much time people spend playing this game? If they transferred that practice to a real guitar, they are doing something that everybody finds cool, not just your select group of friends, not to mention the possibility of a career out of it.
    RukiaTH
    Oh, and one more thing: How is this any different than somebody playing a war game and somebody tells them to "Go get in a real war, Call of Duty nerd"
    RukiaTH
    You know, I love playing my real guitar but at the same time find games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band incredibly fun. I think it's a thing of people need to realize the game is there for simply entertain and if some picks up an instrument as a result, awesome. Had it not been for GH and RB, I would've never picked up drums.
    Lemoninfluence
    BSM123456789 wrote: sav46e wrote: I hate hearing people say why not just play the guitar. why not just eat big mushrooms and jump on turtles instead of playing mario because playing guitar is actually rewarding, not like jumping on turtles
    what's rewarding is subjective. jumping on turtles may be rewarding in the sense that a person is rewarded with a sense of joy after jumping on turtles.
    TC1223 wrote: Oosh. wrote: "I just think it's more important that kids learn how to actually play the guitar," Prince I like this guy. Yes, cant argue with that quote
    watch me. some kids don't want to learn the guitar. Some kids don't have the time, money or even interest in learning the instrument. For some, myself included, Guitar hero is a game to play when with some friends. For others it's a game they play to pass the time. it's no less valid a past time than actually playing the instrument.
    BrokenBricks wrote: guitar hero is awesome, because now that playing real guitar isn't cool anymore, there are way less *****s diluting it and ruining it for us real guitarists.
    if you play guitar to be cool, you're just as much a poseur as someone who claims to play guitar when they only play guitar hero (not that I've actually seen anyone say that seriously). checked.
    Lemoninfluence
    fiftysteps wrote: For the people who needed a video game to be turned on to music, screw you. I was turned on to music because i simply loved it.
    so you loved music before you had heard it? or were you exposed to music in some way, which then allowed you to decide that you liked it? see where I'm going with this?
    Red Death
    Personally, I never really cared for Guitar Hero or Rockband, but this is neither the time nor the place for that rant. When it comes down to it, these games expose people to new music and it gives them something to do that makes them happy, and at the end of the day, that's really all that matters. Nuff said
    RememberMyName
    One aspect of Prince's refusal has largely gone unnoticed here: they won't pay him enough. Now as much as it should be 'all about the music', he's absolutely right when he refuses to endorse a game for a miniscule percentage of what they game manufacturers will make in the long run. Sure, they might pay him a figure that most of us would jump for, but I'd be surprised if that figure amounts to 1% of what the game would have grossed.
    n00barmy
    I understand what Prince is saying but Guitar Hero and Rock Band really helped to kick my motivation for playing a real guitar into overdrive. I started playing Guitar Hero for hours and then I would stop and play guitar for a little bit and then it became a seesaw effect with me playing both evenly and then I'd play guitar more than GH and finally the only time I ever play GH or Rock Band is when a bunch of my friends get together and they want to play, the rest of the time is spent playing guitar. While games like GH or Rock Band do not make you better at playing guitar, they can be a great gateway. Although, I do find that it helps my finger speed somewhat and is really good at getting me acquainted with playing without looking at my hands.
    vermilion444
    CliffIsAngry wrote: myname86 wrote: That's like Kobie going up to a kid who likes playing NBA 2008 and saying, "Hey kid, screw video games, play real basketball." --- Don't be so serious, it's just a video game. It's not going to be the end of music as we know it. It's a freakn' video game with a tripped out controller. no because people who play NBA live don't go around people who play basketball and say LOL I CAN totally kick your ass because I play on my computer! Immature kids who play GH say that to people who play the real thing
    I've never heard this in my life. What kind of retards do you hang out with? Seriously, it's just a game. I don't know why real guitarists get so mad about it. It's a good time, and yes, I can play guitar for real too.
    Metallicam
    CliffIsAngry wrote: myname86 wrote: That's like Kobie going up to a kid who likes playing NBA 2008 and saying, "Hey kid, screw video games, play real basketball." --- Don't be so serious, it's just a video game. It's not going to be the end of music as we know it. It's a freakn' video game with a tripped out controller. no because people who play NBA live don't go around people who play basketball and say LOL I CAN totally kick your ass because I play on my computer! Immature kids who play GH say that to people who play the real thing
    I can safely say I've never heard that. hahahaha If you guys actually open your eyes and read the article, Prince isn't really that opinionated about the topic.
    it's cool for people who don't have time to learn the chords or ain't interested in it.
    On another note, the writer of the article is a complete jackass. Not because of grammar, but just attitude.
    Shabalaba
    myname86 wrote: That's like Kobie going up to a kid who likes playing NBA 2008 and saying, "Hey kid, screw video games, play real basketball." --- Don't be so serious, it's just a video game. It's not going to be the end of music as we know it. It's a freakn' video game with a tripped out controller.
    Exactly
    theotherguy7145
    nawhelan wrote: in all fairness he is right about kids should pick up a real guitar, but for many kids they wouldnt be turned onto great guitar driven music if it wasnt for this game
    They're just in it for the money now though. Kids know about rock music. Its just the greed thats driving the creators on i think.
    scottishmob
    visiofx wrote: who cares bout prince..he just has a few good songs..and if it were in GH , it wouldnt be that challenging....they should seriously do GH yngvie malmsteen instead
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
    nincompoop
    Nice message. "Forget Guitar Hero. Pick up a real guitar and learn." Amen, brotha.
    Rizzo321
    So what about rock band 3 ????? in pro mode you learn to play real notes on a real Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keyboard I have been a huge Prince fan for over 20 years Not an easy task for me with my kinda friends!!! So Prince stop being a little BRAT and share your gift on rock band pro Or you could come by my house and teach me how to play (The Truth)
    jean_genie
    As someone who played guitar for many years before GH came out, I don't see the value in any of the hard modes. If you're willing to spend two hours practicing, there's literally no good reason not to spend ten hours practicing THE REAL SONG. However. Guitar Hero, and moreso Rock Band, is one of the best party games I've ever played. On Easy or Medium, most people can hit most of the notes. The singing isn't too hard, and it's all great fun. I'd love to play along to some of Prince's tunes, but I completely respect his decision - the game isn't the gateway to music that people say it is. Your average gamer buys an electric guitar thinking they'll be awesome because they mastered every song on Expert, and quits in six months after realizing it's harder than the game is. Emphasis on 'average.' The game is just as good for guitar sales as they say, but not nearly as good for music as a whole.
    Higgzy
    Guitar Hero: Muse please. Fair enough to Prince, although potentially he just lost alot of fresh buyers. But ahh well.
    AXmichigan
    i feel like if it is a gateway to the guitar or creation of music, then awesome in lieu of, then not so much
    CliffIsAngry
    myname86 wrote: That's like Kobie going up to a kid who likes playing NBA 2008 and saying, "Hey kid, screw video games, play real basketball." --- Don't be so serious, it's just a video game. It's not going to be the end of music as we know it. It's a freakn' video game with a tripped out controller.
    no because people who play NBA live don't go around people who play basketball and say LOL I CAN totally kick your ass because I play on my computer! Immature kids who play GH say that to people who play the real thing