MTV Games Closes Its Doors

MTV Games Closes Its Doors

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With the departure of Rock Band studio Harmonix a done deal, Viacom is now pulling the plug on publisher MTV Games.

MTV Games was originally formed as a division of media conglomerate Viacom to publish the Rock Band series of games made by Harmonix Music Systems, which had itself been purchased by MTV Networks in late 2006. And that was ultimately all it ever did, so when Viacom traded the studio last year for a Red Lobster gift card there just wasn't much left on its plate.

It's no big shock in that light that Viacom has decided to close the doors on MTV Games for good. MCV says that the publisher's international office was closed down on February 2 while a "handful of financial staff" are still on the job at the New York location to collect outstanding payments.

MTV Games dropped $175 million on Harmonix during the peak of the music game rage, after Activision purchased original Guitar Hero publisher RedOctane. But just four years later, the genre crashed harder than an Ozzy Osbourne tour plane; Viacom let Harmonix go for 50 bucks, while Activision closed RedOctane outright in February 2010.

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Bit sad, but what you gonna do?

I hadn't realized that Harmonix had been sold. Damn, if I had known, I might've decided to cash in on that. Oh well, missed opportunity I suppose.

For saw it from light-miles away.

Finally, maybe we can stop with the fake plastic instruments I think Rock Band was running out of steam anyway. *Looks at Green Day*

Shycte:
Bit sad, but what you gonna do?

No it isn't. Nobody cares about MTV Games. Just Harmonix. I want more DLC, dammit.

What exactly did MTV have except for Harmonix?
This was to be expected.

i would be upset...but i only have world tour and im not that into music games....i did get mad however when i saw Viacom caused it......assholes.

The only reason Harmonix did that part was because the contacts that MTV had made it a lot easier to do what they did.

Regarding whatever game they were making: Whew, dodged a bullet there.

That is, if MTV Games are anything like MTV.

FlashHero:
light-miles

WAT

But I guess this would be bad news if it was... well, bad news. If anything, I'm happy now that I won't have to read about the music game being shat out this month.

Andy Chalk:
But just four years later, the genre crashed harder than an Ozzy Osbourne tour plane;

RIP Randy Rhodes.. That was pretty mean Andy.

How did they not see this coming?
If you release one or two of what amounts to th exact same game a year of course people will get sick of it!
They didn't just kill the golden goose, they gutted it and paraded it's entrails around for all to see!
Give it a few years, it'll be back, hopefully with a new twist or two.

Now if only samey FPSs would die for a while, Bring back the platformer!
Or maybe the vehicular combat games *Awaits Twisted Metal eagerly*.

Zack McSleuthburger:

FlashHero:
light-miles

WAT

But I guess this would be bad news if it was... well, bad news. If anything, I'm happy now that I won't have to read about the music game being shat out this month.

A light mile is how fast light travels a mile. Im upgrading the imperial system for the future. You can also go 56 LMPH eventually. :)

Andy Chalk:
But just four years later, the genre crashed harder than an Ozzy Osbourne tour plane

Ooof, I feel slightly dirty for laughing at that one.

Andy Chalk:
But just four years later, the genre crashed harder than an Ozzy Osbourne tour plane

Seriously? That's one of the worst tie in jokes I've seen in an article.

Not suprising the company is gone though.

Well i guess the entire genre fell victim to what can only be described as Activision taking a great big steamy shit in the pool. The ____Hero thing got way WAY out of hand and it really turned consumers off, they flooded the market with almost religious zeal and took the whole sector out. You know what im REALLY mad about? Nothing ever came of that supposed Pearl Jam Rockband project. Now THAT i could have go behind.

Maybe this means there'll be no more music games.

Who am I kidding? Of course there'll be more...many, many more.

It's MTV. Any blown delivered to that mind-numbing channel, the better!

thank god

No more Beavis and Butthead games? I guess that is it...MTV is dead to me.

Thank god. And better yet, this is a twofer of good news seeing as how I didn't know Activision pulled out too. Happy days, happy days.

Seriously tho, never understood this. Paying outrageous amounts of money for overpriced plastic crap that is nothing but a button holder, and striving to be as competent as a trained circus monkey in being able to hit those buttons on queue? God, coulda spent the money on a real instrument. Atleast that you could play (even very badly) on a street corner and make yourself some pocket change.

I rank this stuff as even worse then the DDR junk. Really, spending the time, money and effort fake dancing for none of the rewards. Here's an idea, instead of getting together with friends to go DDRing, how about getting together with friends and go DANCING? Atleast that might get you laid. :/

Live4Lotus:
No more Beavis and Butthead games? I guess that is it...MTV is dead to me.

You essentially ninja'ed my joke. Bravo sir.

 

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