Point and Laugh : Mad Catz Paid Money Not To make Guitar Hero

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When Guitar Hero launched, it did so exclusively on the PS2. This wasn’t because of any exclusivity agreements because Sony saw the franchise as a portent of the onset of the rhythm gaming craze.

No. Apparently Mad Catz had been commissioned to make the Xbox version, but as a result of the pending law suit between Harmonix and Konami (who made the earlier GuitarFreaks)  they tried to back out of the agreement – eventually paying $300K to do so.

"Guitar Hero was a game that we were actually involved with early on and pulled out because of a lawsuit with Konami," Mad Catz boss Darren Richardson told Kotaku.

"We were doing the Xbox SKU and that’s why there was only a PlayStation 2 launch. That’s why. We were in there and we pulled out as a result of [the lawsuit] and [Red Octane and Harmonix] went forward and it turned out to be a success, a huge success."

"Everyone else made hundreds of millions and we paid money to not be a part of it. It was brilliant," he added. "I come up with these strokes of genius from time to time. That was my best."

That really, really has to hurt. At least Richardson has a bit of a sense of humour about the whole thing, actually poking fun at what must have been one of the worst decisions in gaming history.

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Source : Kotaku

Last Updated: January 11, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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