Activision kills 'Guitar Hero' game franchise

Summary:Say goodbye to the once-megahit, Guitar Hero. Activision is pulling the plug on this gaming franchise.

Say goodbye to the once-megahit, Guitar Hero. Activision is pulling the plug on this gaming franchise.

According to The Wall Street Journal, despite big hits like Call of Duty, "the hits didn't make up for the misses and overall game software sales in U.S. stores last year dropped 8% to $9.36 billion," citing the "fall-off in sales of so-called casual games" such as Guitar Hero were to blame. Activision won't even release the new Guitar Hero title that was supposed to launch later this year.

Maybe motion-controlled (especially dance) games like those made for Kinect the new fad, pushing these old musical instrument games to the curb.

Looks like you'll have to pick up a copy of Rock Band to get your musical gaming fix now. Will you miss Guitar Hero?

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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