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Published on April 11th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

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Guitar Hero II DLC Available – At A Cost

Guitar Hero II has launched on the Xbox 360 with MUCH fanfare, and has already started dishing out the goods on Xbox Live Marketplace with themes, picture packs, and even track packs.

Are they what the public’s looking for? You decide:

  • Guitar Hero II Picture Pack 1: 100 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Assume the identity of your favorite Guitar Heroes Axel, Clive, Johnny, Judy, and Pandora or display the Guitar Hero II logo.
  • Guitar Hero II Picture Pack 2: 100 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Assume the identity of your favorite Guitar Heroes Casey, Eddie, Grim, Izzy, Lars, and Xavier.
  • Guitar Hero II Theme: 150 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Amp up your system with four Guitar Hero II wallpapers featuring your favorite characters Casey, Johnny, Pandora, and Xavier
  • Guitar Hero Track Pack 1: 500 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Bark at the Moon as made famous by Ozzy Osbourne, Hey You as made famous by The Exies, Ace of Spades as made famous by Motorhead, For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com.
  • Guitar Hero Track Pack 2: 500 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Killer Queen as made famous by Queen, Take it Off as made famous by The Donnas, Frankenstein as made famous by The Edgar Winter Group, For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com.
  • Guitar Hero Track Pack 3: 500 MSP, Not available in Asia.
    Dash Details: Higher Ground as made famous by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Infected as made famous by Bad Religon, Stellar as made famous by Incubus, For all song credits please visit www.redoctane.com.

Wow.

Some readers might be privy to the fact that I say “Wow” a decent amount when I find out something awesome, but this time it’s a mixture of odd feelings.

I’m amazed and happy that there are already downloads for Guitar Hero II available within two weeks of it hitting the market, but I’m equally astonished at the cost to carry over songs from the original Guitar Hero. The total of the GH II downloads altogether: 1850 MS Points, or $23.12. This is where my happiness starts to subside though, because I now have two conflicting arguments in my head about said content.

The rational part of me figures this to be a fair deal. $1.25 for the picture packs with six gamer pics each, $1.87 for the theme, and $6.25 per song pack – each pack with three songs from the original Guitar Hero. Rationally, it’s not a bad pricing system for a couple songs considering the price of music in iTunes. Right?

That’s about when my inner gamer starts to add up the numbers… It costs $2.50 to get all 12 gamer pics that are very likely snippets of artwork that have been made long ago, $1.87 for a theme that consists of screenshots from the game, and $6.25 per track pack when each pack consists of three songs each. Already, an interested gamer would have to spend $23.12 to continue their GHII love, but the thing that bothers me most is the price of the track packs. At 500 MSP – $6.25 US – per three songs, it would cost $62.50 to download Guitar Hero’s original tracks. Oh, and I almost forgot – that price doesn’t include the Bonus tracks. Now can you see how I’m a bit bothered by the current outlook?

The rationalist in me says that it makes sense to pay $60 for the content of another game. My inner gamer forces me to admit that this is content from a game that’s a year and a half old, that to even utilize said content you have to already have paid the $90 for Guitar Hero 2, and that there are no packaging/distribution/retailer fees to recoup, so why should it cost this much?

Why the powers that be couldn’t have priced the content just a bit lower is beyond me. What’s wrong with charging $5 a pack when each pack could contain a level of play (Opening Licks, Axe-Grinders, etc) and three or four bonus tracks? Not only would that balance out a $30 price tag for the content of the previous game – instantly making the original Guitar Hero more of an Expansion – but it would also garner a large amount of love from 360 gamers. Those who owned the original on PS2 could get the content of the original on the new and updated game, and those gamers who didn’t own the previous title could get what they’ve been missing from the original for less than the original. All of this while garnering extra income for all companies involved.

The thing that bothers me most about all this? I’m absolutely stoked about Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360. I haven’t been able to go out and pick it up yet, and I’m well aware that it’s an awesome game, but if this is what the Marketplace is going to offer us on a regular basis, I might have to sit out on Xbox Live Marketplace.

When I heard about the Marketplace, I envisioned a place that I could download reasonably priced accessories for games that I already own. I’ve been defending the Marketplace since it’s launch. Even when I noticed how much themes and gamer pics cost, I defended it because I thought “They’ll start releasing a couple of free themes and gamer pic packs per game – it’ll pass.” With that phase still not passing and the current pricing model of the Marketplace, it’s getting a bit more difficult to defend.

I’ll end this rant with a simple question for those that will inevitably defend the Marketplace by reminding me that this content is optional:

When a game you love finally has downloadable content on Xbox Live Marketplace and the price just happens to be a bit much to stomach, will it still be as easy to defend?


About the Author

Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at GAMINGtruth.com, streaming at http://www.twitch.tv/deejayknight and teaching.



  • its mouse foo

    When you say you are paying for something thats been out for a year or w/e ever already, you are forgetting that these songs are covers, there for the developer must pay the artists again for use of the songs. that and all the work going into them. Being able to play on hard, easy, medium, expert. in Electric guitar bass guitar. NOT to mention the songs werent on the XBOX so its not even a matter of just changing the code it was exclusively a Ps2 game. So they had to redo everything for the 360 so its really not like its been out for a year.

    thats where the price is coming from i figure. overall nice article i enjoyed reading it keep up the good work you did bring up some good points in there about how much it will cost over time.

    That being said. I wont download any of these lol

  • its mouse foo

    When you say you are paying for something thats been out for a year or w/e ever already, you are forgetting that these songs are covers, there for the developer must pay the artists again for use of the songs. that and all the work going into them. Being able to play on hard, easy, medium, expert. in Electric guitar bass guitar. NOT to mention the songs werent on the XBOX so its not even a matter of just changing the code it was exclusively a Ps2 game. So they had to redo everything for the 360 so its really not like its been out for a year.

    thats where the price is coming from i figure. overall nice article i enjoyed reading it keep up the good work you did bring up some good points in there about how much it will cost over time.

    That being said. I wont download any of these lol

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan Irvin

    Again, like I said in the article – I completely understand the business aspect of why these tracks cost what they do.

    I’m just pointing out that they could likely gain more income by pricing them cheaper and selling more packs. The current price point isn’t exactly inviting…

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan Irvin

    Again, like I said in the article – I completely understand the business aspect of why these tracks cost what they do.

    I’m just pointing out that they could likely gain more income by pricing them cheaper and selling more packs. The current price point isn’t exactly inviting…

  • Eric

    That is awesome that they have already released those song packs! I could honestly care less about pictures and themes. Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t deem it a necessity to buy pictures and themes? I don’t know. It’s awesome they brought some of the older popular songs from it’s older rockers, but being that I have Guitar Hero I and II on the PS2 this still means nothing to me. I haven’t purchased GHII on the 360 yet either. Once more Xbox only songs are available for download I will go up to EB and lay down $70, but in the meantime I’m more than content with my PS2 version(s).

  • Eric

    That is awesome that they have already released those song packs! I could honestly care less about pictures and themes. Maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t deem it a necessity to buy pictures and themes? I don’t know. It’s awesome they brought some of the older popular songs from it’s older rockers, but being that I have Guitar Hero I and II on the PS2 this still means nothing to me. I haven’t purchased GHII on the 360 yet either. Once more Xbox only songs are available for download I will go up to EB and lay down $70, but in the meantime I’m more than content with my PS2 version(s).

  • its mouse foo

    naw eric i havent payed for any XBL content yet…that goes for xbox as well

  • its mouse foo

    naw eric i havent payed for any XBL content yet…that goes for xbox as well

  • http://www.HyenaWins.com Hyena

    I cannot agree more regarding the entire post. From a business perspective, I know why the pricing is high. One of these days Corporate will listen to the one Gamer in the meetings that knows what he is talking about. To think they could make so much more money with the gamers downloading all the tracks, not selecting what ones they want the most, or can afford.

    I am STILL waiting for an official word from M$.

  • http://www.HyenaWins.com Hyena

    I cannot agree more regarding the entire post. From a business perspective, I know why the pricing is high. One of these days Corporate will listen to the one Gamer in the meetings that knows what he is talking about. To think they could make so much more money with the gamers downloading all the tracks, not selecting what ones they want the most, or can afford.

    I am STILL waiting for an official word from M$.

  • DrFred

    I am always one to disagree with Marketplace. It has been abused by the developer from the start. If they had these songs so quickly that means they could have included them in the game but chose to make money instead.

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BABY DJ!!!!!!!

  • DrFred

    I am always one to disagree with Marketplace. It has been abused by the developer from the start. If they had these songs so quickly that means they could have included them in the game but chose to make money instead.

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BABY DJ!!!!!!!

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan Irvin

    There IS no baby!!! Coola’s out of his mind again :-D.

    The day me and my lady have a child, you’ll know it!

  • http://www.gamingtruth.com D’Juan Irvin

    There IS no baby!!! Coola’s out of his mind again :-D.

    The day me and my lady have a child, you’ll know it!

  • Guy eN Cognito

    Great Article,
    Congrats on the site and i must agree about the marketplace. Fortunately the grumblings are becoming increasingly more loud and hopefully soon become a roar that even MS can hear. Maybe then we’ll get to see the marketplace you, I, And everyone else truely want.

  • Guy eN Cognito

    Great Article,
    Congrats on the site and i must agree about the marketplace. Fortunately the grumblings are becoming increasingly more loud and hopefully soon become a roar that even MS can hear. Maybe then we’ll get to see the marketplace you, I, And everyone else truely want.

  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    Being an old dude, of the era that I paid 20.00 for my pong sytem and I could play as long as I wanted. I am of the opinion that you buy a game you should get the whole damned thing! This is like selling you part of a game, and holding the rest hostage. Summabiatch!!! This is wrong>>>$90.00 smackers for a game, then keep on forkin out your dollars so you can play??

    How would we have felt if we bought Zelda for our Nintendo and got only three levels? Then had to pay for the rest of the game?

    To paraphase the immortal words of Goliath in his Mountain Dew debut, “Davey…We gettin’ hosed”

  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    Being an old dude, of the era that I paid 20.00 for my pong sytem and I could play as long as I wanted. I am of the opinion that you buy a game you should get the whole damned thing! This is like selling you part of a game, and holding the rest hostage. Summabiatch!!! This is wrong>>>$90.00 smackers for a game, then keep on forkin out your dollars so you can play??

    How would we have felt if we bought Zelda for our Nintendo and got only three levels? Then had to pay for the rest of the game?

    To paraphase the immortal words of Goliath in his Mountain Dew debut, “Davey…We gettin’ hosed”

  • Double D

    @ Dark Humor

    Great post, I have to say that. Summabiatch is a word I’m using everyday but I do agree with your statement. I would be nice to actually get wait you paid for. Especially in this case, these prices are too high.

    I think free content is the way to go, I’m sure most will agree but companies have to make money and right now the Marketplace is turning into a great way to milk more people’s money.

  • Double D

    @ Dark Humor

    Great post, I have to say that. Summabiatch is a word I’m using everyday but I do agree with your statement. I would be nice to actually get wait you paid for. Especially in this case, these prices are too high.

    I think free content is the way to go, I’m sure most will agree but companies have to make money and right now the Marketplace is turning into a great way to milk more people’s money.

  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    Thanks, just my humble opinion… but I am just so old school I feel that I work hard for my money and when I pay for something I should get all I paid for. Like DF said they had this content just sitting there all boxed up and ready to roll coullda put in in the game package but instead they try to bilk us. This is the “problem” with the industry, it is based on selling things to people with little or no impulse control, It just seems unfortunate that but the time many of us have grown up enough to demand value for our money we no longer game, or are so in the minority that we no longer matter.

  • http://www.xforceclan.net Dark Humor

    Thanks, just my humble opinion… but I am just so old school I feel that I work hard for my money and when I pay for something I should get all I paid for. Like DF said they had this content just sitting there all boxed up and ready to roll coullda put in in the game package but instead they try to bilk us. This is the “problem” with the industry, it is based on selling things to people with little or no impulse control, It just seems unfortunate that but the time many of us have grown up enough to demand value for our money we no longer game, or are so in the minority that we no longer matter.

  • Rick

    man…i came across your blog here while searching for the song credits to GH2, and i have to say…as an xbox360 owner, i completely agree with you. I feel that 3 songs….costing more than $2 a piece alone is enough to make someone not want any of the benefits of the marketplace. the same thing happened to me in crackdown, when i found out the “awesome new content download” cost a pretty penny itself…it contained? STUFF that should have been in the game at launch!@! thanks for making us wait….AND pay for it, micro$oft.

    nice article, haha.

  • http://n/a Rick

    man…i came across your blog here while searching for the song credits to GH2, and i have to say…as an xbox360 owner, i completely agree with you. I feel that 3 songs….costing more than $2 a piece alone is enough to make someone not want any of the benefits of the marketplace. the same thing happened to me in crackdown, when i found out the “awesome new content download” cost a pretty penny itself…it contained? STUFF that should have been in the game at launch!@! thanks for making us wait….AND pay for it, micro$oft.

    nice article, haha.

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