Activision, publishers of Guitar Hero 2
(and the abomination known as Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s
), recently filed for a trademark for the name "DJ Hero"
. No, it's not an adventure game featuring everyone's favorite character from Full House
-- the trademark references software to be released with a special controller, leading us to assume we'll be living out our fondest Mix Master Mike
fantasies with a rhythm game, complete with tiny plastic turntables when, and if, the game comes out.
Wait a minute -- doesn't that sound a lot like Beatmania
, a popular Konami rhythm game using a turntable peripheral that's been around since 1997? Now that we think about it, Konami also came up with Guitar Freaks
in 1998, long before the release of the similarly designed Guitar Hero
. And that Rock Band
drum peripheral looks a heck of a lot like the one used in Konami's 1999 arcade hit DrumMania
. We wonder what Harmonix and Activision's next project will be -- Vampire Killer Hero
or FOXHOUND Hero