Also, Rock Band is becoming a tool for people to pay for promotion. That's kinda bs. Between this, Spongebob, The Rocker, American Mall, Nickelodeon songs, it's quite disgusting. It's one thing for them to be free (Still Alive, The Rocker) it's another to pay to have promotion shoved down your throat.
Were you not around last summer? They easily had a dozen 'promo' songs from the likes of The Offspring, GNR, Motley Crue, Disturbed, Dream Theater, etc. All artists that had DLC of their latest album material before we got classic stuff. (GNR on the RB2 disc of course).
I do agree that anything that promotes a band's latest album should at least be discounted to $1, and some of those were. I also agree that Neversoft has blown HMX out of the water in regards to quality free offerings.
EDIT: Eh continuing this fight against the Harmonix army is pointless. But you can read what I said in the spoiler.
I said "Harmonix and their ethics", essentially "Harmonix' ethics". If I was saying I disliked Harmonix and their ethics I would've wrote "Harmonix, and the ethics they have". Alas, I didn't.
I think the problem isn't the 'Harmonix Army'
it's the fact that you are making baseless arguments with zero way to back them up. It's easy to see the steady decline of the GH franchise (outside of Metallica) because they put out so damn many of them. You are also neglecting the fact that roughly 100% of the people in here were/are GH fans at some point. There is no blind allegiance like you are assuming. If you are going to claim a company is unethical, throw us a bone and give us a link with some examples, otherwise you are just trolling.
But...Neversoft does the same thing? Neversoft constantly goes out of their way to get the fans to come in and play the game, have contests for the fans, and give away free songs. Harmonix allows you to pay THEM $65+ to bring the Rock Band 1 songs into Rock Band 2 (I know you can do it for cheaper, but if you did it legitimately it'd be $65+), along with charging for songs that should be free. Such great fan support. Smh.[/spoiler]
You can twist the argument all you see fit, but just saying it doesn't make it true. Most people got a full game out of the original RockBand for months, if not a year. We paid $60 for a game and enjoyed the hell out of it for a long time. The import for $5 was gravy. That was AFTER we got our money's worth out of our initial investment. Plus, many of us sold our copies for $30+.
Rock Band is rated "T". That means that no kid who is a fan of Hannah Montannah or whatever the hell that stuff is called that is under 13 can't buy the DLC or Rock Band, so I don't buy the "the DLC is for kids!" argument, as there's no kids. Theoretically.
Again, what? Another absurd and baseless claim. I have to ask, be honest, are you thirteen? People of all ages play and enjoy Rock Band. Check around the net. You can listen to the WhatTheyPlay podcast(or even ListenUp) to hear John talking about playing with his kids. Or Gamers With Jobs, those guys are always mentioning playing with their kids. Head over to DVDtalk and read around, lots of us have kids there too. I have a couple kids, one who is four loves playing the drums and does pretty decent. Point being, you are living in a bubble if you only think the 16-24 crowd play these games.
Personally I'd rather expose my kids to the classic rock, but I have zero issues with kids tunes being offered in the game. It's a way to share a hobby and connect with your kids, even if it is Hannah Montana. Personally I'd love to get some Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem in there or even some of the SchoolHouseRock tunes. Those would be day one purchases for me.