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Guitar Apprentice Has An Axe to Grind With Rocksmith

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Guitar Apprentice Has An Axe to Grind With Rocksmith

The lawsuit’s main claim alleges patent infringement on the part of Ubisoft, with the patent being for a “media system and method of progressive musical instruction.”

Recession troubles still run amok. Industries across the world struggle to sustain employees, profits and morale. However, as has been confirmed in the past, the video game industry takes a lickin’ and keeps on kickin’.

Creativity and interactivity combine especially well on occasion, producing works that radiate much brighter than the average game. Interactive, serial titles like Dance Dance Revolution easily come to mind, followed closely by the “(Guitar) Hero” series and then the cunningly competing “Rock Band” series. These conceptual gems flourished in the seemingly invulnerable video game bubble, fusing two pop culture pastimes of music and gaming.

Two other interactive softwares following Guitar Hero and Rock Band’s suits are Guitar Apprentice and Rocksmith–products designed to deliver the same core result of people playing music on a real guitar, even if no prior experience exists. What’s interesting, is while the latter differentiates itself as a game rooted in reality (meaning the real guitar instead of a plastic controller) with the objectives of “learn[ing] while you play,” and “develop[ing] real skills,” the former utilizes real guitars but does the opposite; adamant on its website that “this is not a video game.”

Yet, if Guitar Apprentice had at least marketed itself as a game, albeit with an educational purpose, like Rocksmith, perhaps it would not be in the position of filing a lawsuit against Rocksmith’s developer, Ubisoft, effective as of this past Thursday. The lawsuit’s main claim, laid out by video game IP law site Patent Arcade, outlines alleged patent infringement on the part of Ubisoft, with the patent being for a “media system and method of progressive musical instruction.”

Read More: http://www.soundctrl.com/blog/2012/04/10/guitar-apprentice-has-an-axe-to-grind-with-rocksmith/

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