Yesterday, Activision turned its virtual amps down from 11 to zero by halting the Guitar Hero franchise. Citing “continued declines in the music genre,” the company canceled an as-yet-unannounced seventh Guitar Hero game, along with its lukewarm spin-off DJ Hero, and laid off hundreds who work on those series.
The PlayStation 3's security wall has fallen. As of this week, the disc has been slipped in, Tron-style, by a few hackers' combined efforts, and the game console's "private keys"—336 seemingly random letters and numbers—are public. Other recent game systems have taken shots from hackers, particularly the Nintendo DS and Wii, but none as hugely as this.