Last July, Konami filed a lawsuit
against Viacom, parent company of Rock Band
developer Harmonix, claiming the game infringed on patents it held for music titles utilizing guitar controllers. After six months of silence, Harmonix has decided to sue back
, claiming Rock Band
actually improved on Konami's patents -- and Rock Revolution
is, in fact, infringing on Viacom patents. Confused yet?
The gist of Harmonix's counter-suit involves a claim Rock Revolution
is actually more like Rock Band
than Konami's GuitarFreak
franchise, the design of which is likely the basis of the original suit. We naturally picture all of this unfolding Phoenix Wright
style, but the reality is most likely far, far less interesting. We'll let you know if any sparks begin to fly.