The concept of Ubisoft's upcoming Rocksmith video game is simple enough to explain to someone: Imagine Guitar Hero with a real guitar. And now that Guitar Hero has shuffled off this mortal coil and into cold storage until another generation's irony-hungry hordes pick it up, Rocksmith should pick up the slack.
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Last Thursday during SXSW in Austin, I got a sneak peek at Rocksmith when I was invited to a tour bus outfitted with three or four stations set up with the game, before the bus embarked through the city so the rest of the population could try their hand at it.
The game doesn't come out until September, but it's very much in its final stages of development. The version of the game I played may be somewhat different come release.
The concept of Rocksmith is this: You can plug any electric guitar into the Rocksmith hub (which looks like a guitar pedal), put on a headset, and play to your favorite rock-and-roll songs. Instead of colored keys on a tiny, plastic guitar, you have a real guitar experience.More »