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Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (PlayStation 2)

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Activision Press Release (July 24, 2007):

    Activision Announces Guitar Hero(TM) Encore: Rocks the 80s(TM) Has Rocked Its Way Onto Retail Shelves
    Shreddin' You Back to the Old School One Riff at a Time

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 24, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --

    Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that the latest installment of the wildly popular Guitar Hero(TM) franchise, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s(TM), is now available at retail stores nationwide. Available exclusively for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s takes fans back to an era where neon was radical, fanny packs were in, and spandex was never tight enough.

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s features visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, and intense game play modes. The totally stellar soundtrack includes songs by artists such as Flock of Seagulls, Twisted Sister and Judas Priest. With additional songs as made famous by The Go Go's, Poison, Iron Maiden and Quiet Riot, fans can grab a bottle of ultra-hold hairspray, tighten their headbands, and rock all the way back to the '80s.

    "From heavy metal to hair metal to punk, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s includes some of the greatest rock anthems of the era," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. "We're very excited to be able to offer new content to our loyal PS2 fans, and will definitely keep them shredding their axes until the holiday season."

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, rated T for Teen by the ESRB, is published by RedOctane(R) and developed by Harmonix. For more information, please visit the dedicated community site http://www.guitarherogame.com.

    About Activision, Inc.

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.5 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

    Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.

    "Guitar Hero(TM) Encore: Rocks the 80s"(TM) & (C) 2006-2007 Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero is a trademark and Activision and RedOctane are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. Game code (C) 2005-2007 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Developed by Harmonix Music Systems. All Gibson marks, logos, trade dress, guitar models and related rights provided pursuant to license from Gibson Guitar Corp.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Dec 19, 2010.

Activision Press Release (May 10, 2007):

    Activision Pays Homage With Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s
    Guitar Hero Fans to Get New Axe-Shredding Experience With Tracks From Classic Era

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 10, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced they will be paying homage to a classic rock era with Guitar Hero(TM): Rocks the 80s(TM), available exclusively on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. After playing to mass audiences at sold out shows around the world in Guitar Hero II(TM), fans will once again be able to whip out their Gibson-shaped SG guitar controllers and shred to their favorite rock tracks, as the critically acclaimed franchise is scheduled to go on another highly-anticipated world tour this summer.

    Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s will feature visually stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, intense game play modes, and most importantly 30 awesome new songs to experience the ultimate rock star fantasy. The initial list of finger-melting tracks includes:
    • I Wanna Rock (by Twisted Sister)
    • I Ran (by Flock of Seagulls)
    • Round and Round (as made famous by Ratt)
    • I Want Candy (as made famous by Bow Wow Wow)
    • Metal Health (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
    • Holy Diver (as made famous by Dio)
    • Heat Of The Moment (as made famous by Asia)

    "The 80s features an amazing variety of rock genres from hair metal to punk to new wave, and our dedicated Guitar Hero fans will definitely appreciate the opportunity to play all the new and exciting content we've added," said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. "As we delve deeper into the history of rock, we'll continue to offer a fresh experience and even more explosive tracks with the Guitar Hero franchise."

    Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s, published by RedOctane(R) and developed by Harmonix, will be available this summer for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. For more information, please visit the dedicated community site www.guitarherogame.com.

    About Activision, Inc.:

    Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.47 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

    Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands and South Korea. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

    The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, changes in consumer preferences related to music-based games, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities. These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the Company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    "Guitar Hero(TM): Rocks the 80s(TM) & (C) 2006-2007 Activision Publishing, Inc. Guitar Hero is a trademark and Activision and RedOctane are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. Game code (C) 2005-2007 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. Developed by Harmonix Music Systems. All Gibson marks, logos, trade dress, guitar models and related rights provided pursuant to license from Gibson Guitar Corp.

    "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on Dec 19, 2010.

uk.playstation.com:
    Get ready to rock, 80s-style.

    Paying homage to a classic rock era, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s, is the latest
    instalment in the unstoppable Guitar Hero series, available exclusively on PlayStation 2.
    After playing to mass audiences at sold out shows around the world in Guitar Hero II, you
    will once again be able to whip out your Gibson SG guitar controllers and shred to your
    favourite rock tracks, as the critically acclaimed franchise is scheduled to go on another
    highly-anticipated world tour.

    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s gives the series a lurid 80s makeover, featuring visually
    stunning retro rock venues and hipster characters, unlockable guitars, intense game play
    modes and, most importantly, 30 awesome new songs to experience the ultimate rock star
    fantasy.

    Featuring tracks from Judas Priest, Dio, Twisted Sister, Asia, Poison, Skid Row and Flock
    of Seagulls, as well as many more, Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s gives you the
    chance to play guitar like your idols, and become a true Guitar Hero!

    • Thirty brand new songs, all bona fide classics from the era of 80s rock
    • Choose rhythm, lead or bass guitar to play co-operatively with friends
    • Uses the Guitar Hero SG Controller for maximum rock realism

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Feb 17, 2008.