Saturday, April 14, 2007

Activision Issues A Fix For Guitar Hero 2 Whammy Bar - 360 Rock Wannabes Raise Axes In Victory

Ever since Guitar Hero 2 was released for the 360, next-gen rock gods in training have been complaining about a problem with the whammy bar on the guitar controller. Apparently, it was laggy and unresponsive. Activision issued a statement that they were looking into the problem, and even released the model numbers of the problem guitars. But now, salvation is at hand, and a fix is as close as your 360 console.

It seems Activision has released an update to Xbox Live that supposedly fixes the problem with the whammy bar. There's no word on exactly what the update does, since this was widely believed to be a hardware problem, but I guess the good folks at Red Octane have figured something out. If this is truly a fix, the good news is that buyers will no longer have to fight with the Best Buy sales guy to return a defective controller.

While it's nice to see the company working hard and issuing a fix, it would have been nicer to see the fix appear on Live before the expansion packs did, but I guess that would be asking a little too much. Broken controller? We'll fix it, but first, buy some songs that you can't really play yet! Ah, capitalism.

As a proud owner of GH2 for the PS2, I won't be able to test this one, so drop us some comments and let us know if everything's kosher now. Cause let's face it - no guy can live with a defective whammy bar.

Update - Destructoid is reporting that the GH2 update is bricking 360's left and right, so it's probably a good idea to not install this bad boy. Well done, Activision - way to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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