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PAL Version without Unlockable Videos?

I was curious as to whether or not the NTSC version of GHII still had unlockable videos a la the first GH, as the PAL version does not have these unlockable extras. Every other unlockable is still in the game, however.

Can someone confirm this, and perhaps put it into the Trivia section if true?—Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.79.40.251 (talkcontribs)

That sucks if it is true. It is best to integrate such things into the prose though.--Drat (Talk) 22:39, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
It's true that the NTSC version still has the unlockable videos, and while it's a forum post and probably isn't worthy of being cited as a source, this has several people stating that PAL doesn't have the videos. GammaShade 15:41, 7 December 2006 (UTC)

Future Releases

Upon playing the demo version of GHII in a Best Buy store I noticed that, on the loading screen of the game, RedOctane has announced that a new version of Guitar Hero will be released in Summer 2008, called Accordion Hero. Currently, the game is only available in Germany and is owned by a "Bavarian videogame satirist" company by the name of Schadenfreude Interactive.

This description comes from the Schadenfreude website, where you can also find photos of the accordion controller, along with screenshots of the song list and gameplay:

Hit all the right notes and get the crowd on their feet waving their beer steins in unison - you are an accordion hero! Includes all the great accordion melodies you've ever gotten really, really drunk to...from Ein Munchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus to Rock You Like A Hurricane.

Laviesurmars 20:14, 16 December 2006 (UTC)laviesurmars

Accually Accordian Hero was a spoof mention in EGM or OPM at one point in there Game Design O Rama feture once. Red Octane found it funny and addd props to the dude who made it.

Spam

Please quit spaming about this game in song articles. Numerous pages have been spamed with POV statements and are usually put at the beginning or middle of the articles. The fact that a song was featured on this video game is not important information and does not need to be included in the song articles. Darwin's Bulldog 19:22, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

I strongly disagree. It is pretty notable if music is licensed for some purpose, whether that be a commercial, movie trailer, TV show, movie soundtrack, or video game. What is to say a song being used in a popular video game is not worth mentioning? And if you will look at any other Wikipedia articles on music (non-Guitar Hero music), you will see the inclusion of the music in other media is mentioned. It has a precedent and is very common in articles for artists, albums, and songs. Therefore, I would leave the music articles related to Guitar Hero II alone, unless there is a large consensus that agrees with you. Y2kcrazyjoker4 06:21, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I disagree as well... wikipedia's goal is to be as exhaustive as possible, and with guitar hero being so popular, it's worth mentioning 04:10, 13 May 2007 (UTC)—Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.130.130.59 (talkcontribs)
Actually, Wikipedia is not meant to be as exhaustive as possible.--Drat (Talk) 06:12, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
Articles are to be written about the song, not about the video game. The game has its own page, leave that info here please. If you want to include to the song pages, include information about how the song was written, critical/popular response and things like that. I've worked very hard on a lot of these pages that I'm finding info on this game on, and it's not uncommon to find Ghii info added to the beginning and/or middle of the song articles. Please leave the pages alone. Darwin's Bulldog 07:03, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
GhII has over 50 songs featured on it, not to mention the songs featured on ghI. If the information of the video game was added to each song page, along with the subsequent album pages, we're talking of close to (if not over) 100 articles worth of free advirtisement. That merits as spam to me, especially in light of the fact that it's a video game fad that's hot at the moment and will more than likely fade soon, not like a popular movie and/or TV show that any given song being used in that media with a more promient spotlight, therefore adding legitimate exposure to the song. Darwin's Bulldog 07:26, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I think you're confused about a lot of things. First of all, all of the articles that are linked from the set list (that is, the articles that you haven't already edited!) have the game mentioned at the bottom of the article. And in some cases, when the mentioning of the game appears near the top of the article, it's simply because of that article's lack of length. Secondly, some of those music articles are short and tagged as stubs. If we have information about the song, its popularity, or its appearances in popular media, then why shouldn't we expand those articles and add that information? The fact is, its inclusion in other media is important. 99.99% of the music that exists in the world isn't licensed and if a particular song is licensed, it's worth mentioning. What harm does doing so in a very brief line do? Please tell me.
Take for example "Free Bird". The song has become a popular cultural cliche and consequently, that article mentions notable appearances in culture (TV shows, movies, other musicians, video games). After all, information like that is relevant to the song- why should it be removed from the article? Appearances of items in other media is a very frequent topic in Wikipedia articles so I don't know why you insist on shying away from this idea. The line "X song is included in Guitar Hero II" is not meant to spam the game and try to get people to go buy it. It's included because it's a fact and it's worth cross-linking the game and the song that is included in it. Y2kcrazyjoker4 07:30, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Free advertisement? What in the world are you talking about? Do you not understand the concept of articles on media? According to your logic, it would be spam to mention the movie Superman Returns in the Wikipedia articles for the actors and actresses that appeared in the movie because this would be generating free advertisement for the movie. And according to your logic, it would be spam to do that because Superman Returns was a "fad" and was the hot thing from last summer, and faded only months afterwards. If you're anti-video games, that's one thing, but I wouldn't be making these edits on the basis that Guitar Hero is a video game fad... Y2kcrazyjoker4 07:37, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I understand what you're saying, but I stand by my statements. I've created and/or heavily contributed to many of the articles that I'm finding ghii info added to, and it defeats the purpose of what I'm trying to contribute. Darwin's Bulldog 07:42, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
My logic is clear, the situation with this video game is a bit extreme though, especially in light that there are so many songs featured on this game. As mentioned above we're talking of close to (if not more than) 100 articles including a tagline, if not more, about this game. I define that as spam. It's not like an actor with a prominant role in a movie that has helped define his career or whatnot, this is a bit extreme which is why I'm being rather anal about this. Darwin's Bulldog 07:51, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree with Y2kcrazyjoker4. You can't call something spam simply because it covers a lot of articles. It would be spam if the song articles said something like "X song is included in the incredibly brilliant Guitar Hero II game by RedOctane." The way a song is used (i.e. where it's licensed) is perfectly appropriate on song pages. You cite popular response as something to contribute to a song page. Wouldn't that include mention of it appearing in an award winning game? You also said that a song gets more legitimate exposure in a popular movie or TV show. What could be more legitimate than a media which actually imitates the performance of the song? Hoof Hearted 15:03, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I have to agree with Y2k and Hoof as well. The original of this game was award-winning, making this game much more notable than if it were a sequel to a guitar game no-one had heard of. Every band had to agree for the song to be in the game, so they aren't going to complain, and I'm afraid your arguement shows it up its flaw in that you have a problem with the information appearing in articles you created or contributed heavily to. Remember, you don't own an article just because you created it, and just because you don't think it's necessary for the information to be in an article doesn't mean the next 50,000 people who read that information are going to agree with you. It's not spam, it's not an advertisement, it's providing a little bit more information about subjects people are interested in. Is anyone profiting from these link? No. Is anyone taking offense at these links? Only you from the sound of it. I also can't see the problem. Like was said earlier, it is essentially no different to saying on an actors page that they provdided the voice for a character in a game of the movie. You also seem to have this problem solely with computer games, and only with certain songs from the set list at that. You don't own your articles just because you created. Your also the ONLY (literally) person who has a problem with this. No-one on any of the other articles has so much as questioned the appearence of them. But at least I noted your crusade seems to be against games in general and not just this game, as you were also going around removing trivia about other games, yet leaving information that the song was in adverts most people have probably never heard of.The Kinslayer 15:14, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I still feel that it does not merrit mentioning in the song articles. Look at professional sports teams, such as the Green Bay Packers that have appeared in numerous video games, such as the popular Madden NFL series that has been around for over a decade. The Packers are featured in all of the video games and yet, no mention of their appearance is present in the Packers (and other NFL teams') wiki article(s). I feel that same practice should be applied in this situation, especially in light of the large number of bands/songs on the video game. Darwin's Bulldog 18:52, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, but guess what? The Green Bay Packers are going to appear in EVERY licensed football game that is published EVERY year. It would definitely not be appropriate to mention in the Packers article every video game that their namesake and likenesses appear in. Any encyclopedia article on a football video game can simply mention "All NFL football teams and players are licensed to appear in the game" without having to cross-link every NFL football team or player to the game article. This is because there is an article on the NFL that lists out every football team in the league. You can't do that with Guitar Hero 1/2. There's no nationally recognized organization that the licensed songs belong to. Each game has a new, unique soundtrack. Thus, your argument is flawed once again. Y2kcrazyjoker4 19:03, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
My arguments are not flawed, I have made my points very clearly and have even stated a double standard that exists with the logic that's being presented here. It's not my fault/problem that the gh series doesn't have a nationally reconized orginization, so that doesn't flaw my arguement at all. Regardless, a third opinion has been given, and I'm wise enough to see that you video-gamers want to spread the love of a cheesey game so much that I will pick up my real guitar and continue to write my own songs so that one day you will all be playing one of my tunes on, say ghiv or v. Enjoy! Darwin's Bulldog 19:11, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Sorry our feeble-minded video games aren't good enough for you aristocratic types... Y2kcrazyjoker4 19:25, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Don't misinterpret what I'm saying here. I haven't flamed anyone, despite the fact that I've been accused of being "aristocratic," and that I'm on a "crusade" and so forth. Just relax, you guys won. Enjoy the victory. Darwin's Bulldog 19:31, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Third opinion

In response to the plea posted on Wikipedia:Third opinion, I have to say that cross-linking between Wikipedia articles is not spam. On any song article, it is appropriate to give a brief mention that the song is licensed for a particular video game. =Axlq 15:54, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

I think he should familiarise himself with Wikipedia:Ownership of articles as well. He seems to have taken it upon himself to arbitrarily decide what is appropriate to be included in articles he created or contributed heavily to. The Kinslayer 15:59, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Jordan

I've been hearing that the version of Jordan in GHII is the first time Buckethead has recorded a studio version of the song; previously, it had only been played live in concert. Can someone confirm or deny this? It sounds like an interesting tidbit of info. Djseifer 22:28, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

Well, according to the game, he recorded it just for the game. I don't think it specifies if he wrote it just for the game.--Agent Aquamarine 03:55, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm not saying that he wrote it specifically for the game; I'm well aware that it's a staple song at his concerts. I'm just saying that I believe this is the first non-live recording of Jordan ever. Djseifer 09:32, 23 February 2007 (UTC)
Indeed. Buckethead has been playing variations on the "Jordan" riff for years at his concerts, however this particular composition was written and studio-recorded specifically for GH2. KyuzoGator 14:46, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

I read somewhere (I don't remember where) that Buckethead said something along the lines of "Let's see them do that." when he recorded the solo. Can anyone confirm this?

It's bloody hard to complete Michael Catton

Technical Complications

I think there is a large enough amount of players based on the Guitar Hero 2 forum that merit a technical complications and issues article for Guitar Hero 2. The game has a problem with freezing during songs, and then when it starts up again, the audio is no longer in sync. Some people have experienced unusually long load times, as well as freezing on the menus. Red Octane has not released any official word on these issues, but some customer service representatives have suggested that this issue is relegated to old, fat PS2s, although people have reported having the same problems with the slim lines. Other customer service representatives have stated the disc is defective and should be exchanged. The problem seems to stem from the way the media is streamed directly from the dvd in real time, and perhaps the hardware cannot keep up, or the disc was stamped poorly on faulty or cheap media preventing a "good" read. Users with problems are suggested to email Red Octane with the model number of their PS2, the stamper number from the game disc, which guitar controller are you using, the level of difficulty they're playing on, single or multi-player, songs or tiers where the problem occures, whether or not your TV is HD or not, and whether or not you've tried the Calibrate Lag option.

Here is some reference material:

Video of a player encountering a problem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE_cLBuEoZc One of many threads where people are discussing problems. http://forum.guitarherogame.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=8739 Red Octane site for this technical issue. http://www.redoctane.us/support-center/index.php?x=&mod_id=2&id=120

MegaLegoChai 01:41, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

I even went to the trouble of writing up the article piece. I think it should go above or below the Reception section:

Technical Issues

Guitar Hero II has reportedly had some technical issues according to some players. No official statement from RedOctane or Activision has been made about the discs or the game itself having any issues, but players have reported songs freezing or skipping causing the audio to be unsychronized, unusually long loading screens, and menus that freeze or lock up entirely causing the game to crash. The RedOctane Support Center Answer Guide states, "We’re already in the process of looking into this and testing to replicate the experience. We’ll notify everyone with our results shortly, and will have a positive resolution if need be. Until then... keep rockin’ on!"[1] While some customer service representatives from RedOctane have suggested the cause of the problem is the older models of the PS2, users with the slim case design have also reported having problems. Other customer service representatives have said that the DVD is faulty, and that it should be exchanged as long as it is within their 60-day extended combination return policy. Although the true source of these complications is as of yet unknown, it has been suggested that the problem stems from the way the media is streamed from the DVD in real time, which could indicate the data is difficult to read because of a faulty DVD, or that the hardware cannot read the data fast enough, or both. Some players have reported that a thorough cleaning of their PS2 has improved performance, others report moving the game data to a PS2 hard disk has solved the problem entirely. Users with these problems are encouraged to send a support ticket to RedOctane's General Support, with information including:

  • Model Number from the PS2.
  • Stamper number from the game disk (this is a tiny number stamped onto the face of the DVD on the inner ring and nearly impossible to see with the human eye).
  • Which guitar controller are you using.
  • What level difficulty you are encountering errors.
  • What mode, Single Player or Multiplayer, you are encountering errors.
  • Song or tier you are encountering errors.
  • Whether your television is HD or non-HD.
  • Whether or not you have tried using the 'Calibrate Lag' option to fix your errors.

MegaLegoChai 03:04, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

The link to the Red Octane Knowledge Base brings up "ERROR: Invalid article".--Drat (Talk) 22:34, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I see that now. The article is completely gone... Red Octane's action regarding this problem has been curious.

Aside from the broken link, why was my article cut into a quarter, drat, since you seem to be the main honcho here.MegaLegoChai 22:57, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Actually, if you check the History tab, I'm the one who cut out most of that section. It's original research, and not readily verifiable. -- Kesh 23:01, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
What kind of evidence do you need, Kesh? I have plenty of it from multiple sources. Maybe you could also check the links I posted above this one a week and a half ago. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by MegaLegoChai (talkcontribs) 23:04, 3 January 2007 (UTC).
You need to be able to cite your sources. A magazine article, major website post, etc. Forum posts and blogs don't count towards verfiability. Also, since the main article from Red Octane itself is gone, the section is completely unverified now. Not to mention it's not very notable.
I appreciate the work you put into this section, but until we can cite actual sources about the problems, it doesn't really belong on here. -- Kesh 23:06, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Doesn't belong here? I'm sorry, I thought wikipedia was for information. When I had a problem with my game, this is the first place I went to find an answer, so it seems natural to me that this is where the information belongs. Unfortunately, I can't help the fact that Red Octance took down the page, and the wayback machine doesn't have a record of it either, which I think makes the information I've put down here that much more important. That aside, I still have my email from customer service saying the disc is defective, and there is still a forum with at least 50 people. Granted it's still a forum, but how many people need to say it doesn't work before it becomes legitimate?MegaLegoChai 23:12, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
WP:NOT a HOWTO/FAQ. It would be different if the problem becomes significant enough for third party reliable mention. Loads of games have glitches; why is this any more significant?--Drat (Talk) 23:21, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Most importantly, Drat, this is more significant because I'm not talking about glitches. I'm talking about RedOctane releasing a bad batch of discs, tantamount to a defective product. That's bad business related to this game, which is why it belongs here.MegaLegoChai 15:02, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Look, if it is significant enough, it will eventually get third party notice (seeing as the first/second party source is gone). As suggested below, do something about it! Get on to IGN or whoever and tell them about the problem. Or even email RedOctane and ask them why the info is gone. Maybe it was an accident.--Drat (Talk) 15:10, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Why does it have to be a third party? a representative of the publisher said it. Wouldn't that be a more reliable and significant source than some other third party?MegaLegoChai 23:27, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Please see my links above. We have to be able to verify it through legitimate sources. Wikipedia isn't just for "information," it's for verifiable and notable information, just like an encyclopedia. Forums are not verifiable, blogs are not verifiable. Until there's a major media post about it in a newspaper, magazine, book or web news source, it really doesn't belong here.
Now, given you have the email that the disc is defective, what you might want to do is contact a major gaming news source (IGN, PlanetPS2, etc.) and bring it to their attention. If they then publish an article about the problem, you'd have a source to cite. -- Kesh 23:28, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
All right, I will continue to collect more verifiable sources. Could I at least get some help trying to uncover the Redoctane article that is missing at the moment?MegaLegoChai 23:42, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

The Rat Cellar

It should be mentioned that the name of the Boston venue, "The Rat Cellar", is likely a reference to the famous Rathskellar club (also known as "The Rat") in Boston's Kenmore Square that closed in 1997. SkyMan111 21:08, 31 December 2006 (UTC)SkyMan111

Unless we can cite a source, it's just speculation. It'd be hard to put that into the article without using weasel words. -- Kesh 04:45, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I work at Harmonix and I can confirm that The Rat Cellar is indeed a reference to the old Rathskeller (note spelling), affectionately referred to as the Rat, in Kenmore Square. That probably doesn't count as a source by Wikipedia standards, though. Dfan 22:38, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
Unfortunately not. :) If you could slip that into a future interview or something, though, that would get it published and make it verifiable. -- Kesh 23:39, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Battle of the Bands

The Midwest High School venue is named "Nilbog". It is a reference to the cult horror film Troll 2 where a family visits the town of Nilbog. The movie features the famous line "Nilbog is Goblin spelled backwards". —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 130.127.108.170 (talk) 23:03, 12 January 2007 (UTC).

"Early Spring 2007" multiplatform date?

I asked for a fact-cite for the statement that Guitar Hero II would have a multiplatform release in "early spring 2007". The article linked to doesn't give any date more specific than "next year" (i.e. 2007). User:PenguinSamurai64 took down the {fact} flag and put in a link to the Gamespot article at [[1]], which was already linked to in the article--but that article does not say "early spring", which is the fact I'm asking to have checked. So I'm gonna put that flag back in, if'n it's okay... -- Narsil 21:43, 1 January 2007 (UTC)

I've got a friend who's been trying to convince me that Sony got the sole rights to Guitar Hero II, and that there won't be a multiplatform release at all until Guitar Hero III. He says he heard it on 1up.com. Any merit to this? Albino Bebop 02:40, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Your friend appears to be mistaken. There are a few reports about the upcoming Xbox 360 version of GH2, including picturese of the new controller. See here, here and here. Should probably cite those in the main article as well. -- Kesh 02:57, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
I asked him where on 1up he heard it; the best answer I can get is on a podcast from a couple of weeks ago. Does anyone listen to them or know the Episode? Albino Bebop 04:53, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
He's mistaken. Activision have the publishing rights for Guitar Hero now, not Sony (who never had publishing rights). Check gamespot for the various stories. The 360 version of GHII was officially confirmed months ago. The Kinslayer 08:55, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Unlockable Featured instruments

I understand what is trying to be accomplished by listing all the instruments out- this game is a tribute and homage to rock music in various ways. But still, I don't quite think it's something that should be included in an encyclopedia article. A game guide, absolutely. But in the big picture, I'm not sure it's important enough (guitars don't actually affect the gameplay anyways). Y2kcrazyjoker4 18:57, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, I mean, all the real guitars had articles, but lists look ugly, and since a good chunk of this article is a list already, the last thing it really needs is another list. But maaybe it could be said that guitars officially appear in GH2 in each guitars article? The Kinslayer 20:10, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm going to disagree with you, but drop the issue. You're being kind of selective about what's important enough to include. It goes along with our same arguments for two-way song linking in the article. While they don't affect gameplay, guitars (like the songs) are a big part of the game's appeal and generate cross interest in other topics. I'd even say some of the finishes are notable (the Zakk Wylde Les Paul). I'll grant that they don't have the same impact as the songs, but guitarists especially will appreciate the on-screen rendition of the real world instrument. With two-thirds of the featured instruments already having wiki articles for those specific models (I was considering filling in all the orange links), there is no doubt that they were selected precisely for their popularity. (Or maybe in the case of the Corvus for it's peculiarity).  :-) Incidentally, several of the guitar pages, like Gibson Les Paul Doublecut are looking for links.Hoof Hearted 20:35, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't think we should discount the guitars entirely, but we can't just copy the descriptions from the games as thats probably copyvio, and I personally don't think this article should have another list, as the song as pretty much enough lisy for any article, and I doubt an article like 'List of guitars in Guitar Hero II' would last very long before it got deleted. Any other ways it could be done? The Kinslayer 21:47, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

(edit conflict)

It would probably be better to put the list into a See also link to another article. I agree it could be useful to have, but lists tend to make articles a bit messy to read, so it shouldn't be in the main article. The trouble is that the guitars themselves don't have a real affect on gameplay, so it's hard to expand such an article enough to be encyclopedic. -- Kesh 21:50, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't want to prolong this, but listing guitars is no more of a copy vio than listing songs. And neither is a copy vio IMO. You're walking a fine line between what should and shouldn't be included. You're right that a 'List of guitars in Guitar Hero II' article should NOT exist - of course I'd argue for a merge. I for one don't mind lists and feel they can be easily skipped over if you want to get to the meat of an article. I'm not saying the list needs to be in the middle of the page, but I feel this article is lacking (just a bit) without mention of the specific guitars. However, I recognize the article doesn't belong to any one person, so I yield. Hoof Hearted 22:15, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

Resolution?

An idea just came to me. What about an article for all Store Inventory in Guitar Hero. It could list all guitars, finishes, characters, outfits, etc. along with the costs or unlockable prerequisites. That way, some of the dreaded lists ;-) could be moved out of the main article. Could this work for everybody? Hoof Hearted 22:21, 3 January 2007 (UTC)

I could live with that, because like you said there are notable guitars such as Zak Wyldes in the game. But I can already hear people screaming "WP:NOT a game guide" and "fancruft" in AfD if we try something like that. But what hell, one of Wikis mottos is 'Be Bold' for crying out loud! I support this. The Kinslayer 22:39, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
We don't need this info in such a level of detail. Why can't a simple prose section suffice with a summary? A seperate article that would be little more than a set of mindless lists isn't worth it, as you can't really expand much on the items (like having a sentence or two of decent prose per guitar). Remember, WP:NOT an indiscriminate collection of facts.--Drat (Talk) 23:02, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree with Drat. A simple paragraph stating, "Some notable guitars included in the game are (examples)..." -- Kesh 23:58, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
I got an idea. What about a sentence or two that is something along the lines of, "Guitar Hero II features licensed equipment from real music equipment companies. Featured guitars included the Gibson Explorer, Gibson SG, Gibson Les Paul, and other models by Gibson." We could mention 4-6 guitars in a sentence like that, but avoid a long laundry list of unlockable equipment. Y2kcrazyjoker4 23:51, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
Fine. By the way, venues and characters don't affect gameplay either (although they have different encore and star power animations), yet they're listed. Hoof Hearted 13:36, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes, but those are comparatively small, as opposed to a honking great big list guitars and finishes. They should probably be replaced with prose sections though.--Drat (Talk) 13:40, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Now things look much nicer. Good work, Hoof Hearted!--Drat (Talk) 15:45, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm not 100% satisfied, but I do like how the prose offers explanations as to why certain instruments are used as opposed to what instruments were used. Any bets for how long it will take for someone to re-institute the lists?  :-P Hoof Hearted 16:06, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Well it wont be me, I reckon you've done a good job with the edits! The Kinslayer 16:08, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
Put an external link to an online game FAQ with this info. Kaleja 00:10, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Guitar Hero X

When you go to the Harmonix Arena, and the camera starts to zoom up towards the guitarist, if you look to the right of the screen while it's doing this, you'll soon see a beaten up taxi cab for a few seconds. If you look closely enough, there's an ad on the roof that reads, "Guitar Hero X."

Just a small tidbit for the Trivia section. Arasmith 19:07, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Tracks for newer versions of the game

  • Should the list of tracks be updated for confirmed tracks available on newer versions of GH2 such as the 360 version, which this article ([2]) says that some new tracks include "Hush" by Deep Purple, "Dead!" from My Chemical Romance and "Billion Dollar Babies" by Alice Cooper. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.119.252.174 (talk) 22:56, 8 January 2007 (UTC).


Honestly why would that be important information for the gamers out there?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Derk 44 (talkcontribs)

What would be the point of even taking the time to post that on here? That info is so useless that it isn't even funny.Derk 44 13:01, 19 April 2007 (UTC)derk_44

Store correction

I don't know how to go about editing to fix this, but the basses are available as soon as you unlock them, you don't have to purchase them through the store. The article currently states that they are available in the store.

207.172.152.212 08:16, 9 January 2007 (UTC)Sparks

Bang your head

Bang your head (metal health) was in the hacked demo, can anyone find why it was not included in the full game? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.210.9.47 (talkcontribs) 19:19, January 9, 2007

Because it wasn't actually in the demo to begin with. A group of skilled hackers came up with a note chart for the song and somehow added it to the disc. See also Slaying the Dreamer in GH2, Metropolis pt. 1 in GH2, and Crazy Train in GH1. GammaShade 02:54, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
I'd have to disagree with you, as a cover of Bang Your Head was on some prints of the 10-song demo. When hacked into, a total of 30+ songs were found and played weeks before the game came out. Why BYH was taken out, I don't know, but I can speculate it had something to do with liscensing. Take this unsourced, unclaimed info as you will. Oh, and now-a-days, anyone with a modded PS2 and the ability to read can make there own songs.

80's Edition

Guitar Hero: 80's Edition was just announced in EGM (as cited [3] and [4]), but since this page is under some sort of protection, I'll hope someone else can put this in the future games section (if they find this info satisfactory). Deepgrave 17:29, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

What? The page is not protected at all. Then again, this announcement really doesn't belong here, as it appears that 80's Edition is a separate title. It could be a stub of its own, but there's really not enough info for WP:V. -- Kesh 17:41, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
On the subject of GH: 80s Edition, is the currently cited source really credible enough to justify the assertion that the title will be released in June? The article lends itself no credence by failing to source its own claims, and I've yet to hear another gaming site back up the assertion. C. M. Reed 22:02, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Artist Count

I think a useful trivia factoid is that Dave Grohl is the only artist featured twice in the game. He is the guitarist and singer for the Foo Fighters' Monkey Wrench as well as the drummer in Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by MisterBlondeVT (talkcontribs) 05:52, 23 January 2007 (UTC).

If you ask me, there is no such thing as a "useful" trivia factiod.--Drat (Talk) 07:03, 23 January 2007 (UTC)
And besides, if you download "Bark at the Moon" on the 360 version you get Ozzy Osbourne twice (the other is "War Pigs"). KyuzoGator 18:33, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
Nah, it's Black Sabbath twice (War Pigs and Iron Man) DarkSaber2k 18:44, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
And the lead singer of Black Sabbath is....(wait for it, folks) KyuzoGator 19:55, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
Doesn't work that way, Bark at the Moon is by Ozzy Osbourne when he was on his solo career, War Pigs and Iron Man were by Black Sabbath when Ozzy Osbourne was with them. Put it this way: You wouldn't say an Iron Maiden track is Bruce Dickinsons just because he's the lead singer, would you? So in addition to Ozzy Osbourne you gotta include Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, as they performed War Pigs and Iron Man. Meaning more than Dave Grohl has been featured twice. Ozzy personally makes it in 3 times, but is only named once (for Bark at the Moon). But more importantly than any of this is that they aren't actually featured, as all but 2 of the main setlist songs in the game are covers, so technically Dave Grohl, Ozzy et al haven't been featured at all, only their songs have.DarkSaber2k 09:39, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
So tell me, where exactly is Dave Grohl mentioned anywhere in the game? My point was that the original "trivia factoid" wasn't really all that interesting or unique. If you re-read my last comment, I said "you get Ozzy twice" not "you get two songs by Ozzy" KyuzoGator 12:46, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

New Info For Technical Issues

Before I post anything, Red Octane has finally issued a response about the technical issues plaguing GH2. Patty Simonelli, the customer service manager for RO has reported to the Better Business Bureau that RO will issue a refund to users who cannot get Guitar Hero 2 to play on their systems and can fax her proof of purchase. What can/should be posted about this? MegaLegoChai 21:01, 19 January 2007 (UTC)

It would be best to give it a day or so until news sites pick up on this and post about it. That way, we can cite secondary sources (rather than the primary source of the press release). If nothing happens on that front in a day or two, a cite with the press release would work. Either way, it should be a short section to the effect of, "some copies reportedly would not run, a refund is offered, (cite)." —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kesh (talkcontribs) 21:27, 19 January 2007 (UTC).

Need confirmation on "additional songs" for 360 release

Someone keeps adding 10 more new songs in addition to the known cited 10 songs that the 360 release has. As I've seen no information that says these songs exist, and the person that keeps adding them is not citing their source, I'm rv them, though if anyone has any idea about these possible new songs, please please add a cited reference (so that I don't feel silly removing them) If the list is false, it's vandalism (as the song list is definitely reads like a fan wish list and not a likely list) --Masem 21:20, 21 January 2007 (UTC)


Vandalism. The worse thing about this? The idiot still hasn't realized that "War Pigs" is already in Guitar Hero II and therefore would not be an "additional X360 exclusive". Not even trying. It also doesn't help his case that he actually did vandalize the page after one of my earlier reverts, albeit in a small capacity. Charles M. Reed 21:58, 21 January 2007 (UTC)

Gibson SG Bass

In actuality, there is no SG Bass. Including such an instrument is a careless mistake on Harmonix's part. The actual instrument is and EB-3, also made by Gibson. Should this be noted or left alone? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nishaddatta (talkcontribs) 02:54, 24 January 2007 (UTC).

It'd be original research without a source.--Drat (Talk) 05:03, 24 January 2007 (UTC)


OXM US review

Just got the new March issue of OXM and it got a 9.5 out of 10. I can't scan it or anything, so could someone find some way to confirm this? 75.68.199.101 04:35, 3 February 2007 (UTC)The Dude

Cite the review (see WP:CITE). You wouldn't be able to link a scan anyway, as that would be a copyright violation.--Drat (Talk) 04:48, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Dragonforce Song

    This is a Dragonforce song that is somehow in GH2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV0qM6-HLuk

    As far as I know there are no Dragonforce songs in the game... anyone know what the deal is? There is no mention of this song in the article or on the talk page. Perhaps it is a "lost track" in GH2 similar to Tripollette in GH? --Ihmhi 22:55, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

It is a song hacked into the game by a group of coders and what have you. See also this part of the talk page. GammaShade 05:05, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Wireless Guitar

So, what kind of guitar is the white wireless one that comes with this game (for ps2)? Shouldn't that be included in the article? --Xanitross 02:25, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

the same question goes to the 360 white guitar, wire or wireless? Please include this information in the article --MarioV 20:26, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Added. FWIW, neither RedOctane supplied guitar has wireless abilities; there may be PS2 third party ones that support it, but unless MS releases their wireless specs, there will likely never be a 360 wireless guitar. --Masem 23:03, 9 April 2007 (UTC)
Uh, actually, while it wasn't sold with the game, RedOctane DOES sell a wireless guitar for the PS2, which looks similar to (but not quite the same as) the 360 X-Plorer controller. In fact, it was rather prominently featured in the PS2 version's TV commercial (the "You Really Got Me" commercial). It was available as an aftermarket accessory from RedOctane starting about a month after GH2's PS2 release. Rdfox 76 13:38, 24 April 2007 (UTC)

for the wii

is it really going to come out for the wii. whats the source and when is it going to comePikasneez27 02:22, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

I also wonder about this. The source says that Guitar Hero will be coming, but not Guitar Hero II specifically. I am inclined to think that Guitar Hero III, and not II will go to Wii, but I can't be sure. 74.38.67.189 23:39, 7 March 2007 (UTC)


The wireless guitar in my opinion is just a watse o money tht you could use for something else. i had to set exactly rihgt in front of the playstation just inorder for it to work for me.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Derk 44 (talkcontribs)

It would be excellent if it came out for the wii, but dont get your hopes up. They also said they were going to make a wifi starcraft game for the ds/wii. Go figure <.<;

Whats Starcraft got to do with Guitar Hero? The Wii version of GH has been confirmed officially. DarkSaber2k 13:11, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

I just got rid of it, because the info is just completely wrong.

PS3 compatibility

If you look at other articles on recent PS2 games, they will usually list something that states compatibility with the PS3. Considering this game was one of the largest question marks concerning PS3 compatibility, does anyone here think it's worth mentioning the current state of this issue in this article? Roguegeek (talk) 18:54, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Might be worth waiting for the EU launch of the PS3 launch first, then we can put in a complete worldview of the issue (assuming there is an issue). The Kinslayer 14:55, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
I would say wait to put it in, as the software PS2 emu on the PS3 for the EU release is yet unknown. On the NA version, you can put GH(1 and 2) into the system and it will run, but you can't use the guitar controller because it lacks a button to trigger the PS3 overmenu to change the control from analog to digital. However, there is a device coming from Nyko that is specifically meant to allow this switch for GH and other specality controllers. --Masem 15:04, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

It seems there may be some bad news on that front. http://kotaku.com/gaming/nyko/nyko-clarifies-guitar-hero-adaptor-cancellation-248586.php Jbluez27 19:42, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

I saw that, but that gave me the idea that the PS3 issues should be noted, which I've done on the main GH (series) article. --Masem 01:04, 3 April 2007 (UTC)

Royalties

I take it they didn't just include all the original versions of the songs is too keep royalty fees down, correct?

I don't know if royalties are any less if you're playing a cover instead of an original, but the main reason is because they actually had to separate out the vocal tracks from the guitar tracks. You'll notice that the bass keeps on playing even if you screw up, only the lead drops out. Same with the drums and the vocals. They had to record those separately, and they're not going to be able to get all the bands to come in and re-record them. In fact, of the regular bands (not bonus songs), I think only Primus did. The fact that they did that implies to me that they would have wanted all the original bands to come back if possible. WLGades 10:24, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Janes Addiction did as well, but Primus and them didn't come in and re-record, they just let them use the original master recordings. The Kinslayer 10:25, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Ah, alright. So I assume most of the bands didn't give up the masters. WLGades 10:31, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, the only reason I can think of is that too much was wanted for the master copies, so they used their own versions. The Kinslayer 10:34, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
It's quite a bit cheaper to hire some musicians from WaveGroup to record a cover version than it is to lisence the master track. ColbeagleTheEagle 22:42, 6 March 2007 (UTC)

Phases / Phrases

I feel kind of silly even bringing up something this trivial, but if you look at the More Stats page in the game, it lists "SP Phrases" as the official term for instances of star power in the song. GammaShade 17:03, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Ah, ok. Sorry about that then! The Kinslayer 17:53, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
Perfectly all right. Just didn't want this to turn into an edit war. GammaShade 18:13, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

Guitar Hero II Xbox 360 Set List

There is a new set list for Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 - I was wondering does anyone have it? if they do should we put it in the article? McDonaldsGuy 16:57, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

There's already the new song list exclusive for the 360 in the article. As no one has the game yet, it's a bit hard to put what the new set list(s) may be...--Masem 00:37, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
The set list has been changed dramatically though. For example, Strutter and Heart-Shaped Box are in Opening Licks while Mother and Tonight are in Amp-Warmers. So should we also put the Xbox 360's set list as well? McDonaldsGuy 06:31, 17 March 2007 (UTC)
I see no reason why not, save that right now, without the game's release or a source with the new complete set list, it doesn't seem to make sense. If it is added, it probably should be incorporated into a table with the ps2 set list as to keep the general page length low. --Masem 08:03, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Seprate Articles

I myself think that the PS2 Version and the 360 version of this game should have seperate articles, I get annoyed reading the the Xbox 360 game and it's not out yet! Plus, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PICTURE OF THE PS2 GAME COVER!!! THE 360 ONE DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE UP THERE! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 4.90.28.253 (talkcontribs)
There's no need for two separate articles for the same game on two different systems. One could argue that both covers should be on the page, but it's not really needed, it's only there for show. --Masem 02:31, 4 April 2007 (UTC)
Agreed, seperate articles for ported games goes against a long wikipedia precedent. Many video game articles cover several platforms and even include arcade console units. Check out Pac-Man, Contra, Golden Axe, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, and Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas. As far as pictures go, I personally preferred the darker background of the PS2 cover, but feel either one represents the game. Hoof Hearted 17:13, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Multiplayer in 360 Version

Please keep the last bullet in the "Multiplayer" section. The Xbox 360 version of the game will support online Multiplayer at some future date, however as of right now the option in the main menu is grayed out. People from Activision have stated that they are still developing the Multiplayer function and they want to make sure they get it "just right." I will provide a citiation as soon as I find one. KyuzoGator 18:12, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

Nintendo DS Version?

I've seen various places talk about a Wii version, but there's nowhere confirming that a DS version is on the way. Is there official Confirmation of this? peterismeok 20:30, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

The only "confirmation" has been that Activision has said they are working on a Wii version. They have not disclosed if this would be a GH2 port or if they are referring to GH3. Also, there has been no announcement on what the control scheme for the Wii would be (separate controller or integration with the Wii remote). Nothing has been said about a DS version, although in my opinion a "guitar" game in which you are tapping a screen wouldn't be very interesting. KyuzoGator 21:28, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

honestly i dont see how you can tap all the buttons unless they're all frets but theres chords, sustains, plus if you played songs like jordan you would break your screen ~Jake—Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.195.180.103 (talkcontribs)

Yeah, but if Activision released a "portable" accessory that had the fret buttons and strum bar...that could be really awesome. KyuzoGator 14:48, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Broken reference link 41

The link in reference 41 (end of first paragraph in the Technical issues section) is broken. The resulting page says "ERROR: Invalid article." on the redoctane web page. Can someone please correct the link or provide an alternate citation? Without a valid reference for this paragraph, it would be a candidate for deletion as unsupported claims. Truthanado 16:48, 6 April 2007 (UTC)

RedOctane's website has had lots of technical problems since the launch of GH2 for the 360 (I was unable to even load their home page a few days ago). I read the quote regarding RO's response to the whammy bar issues, it is legitimate. KyuzoGator 17:44, 6 April 2007 (UTC)



I can't make a new topic in here but I'm throwing what I have to say in here. Carry me home by the Living End is not a 360 exclusive, and I edited as suchTrivium32 18:54, 8 June 2007 (UTC)


Why exactly would you want a version for the DS anyways? What would be the point of making one for it?—Preceding unsigned comment added by Derk 44 (talkcontribs)

Price controversy with XBL MP content

Just my suggestion here: yes, I agree with the masses that the song price is too high per song. However, saying that in the article is too POV. However, I suspect in a few days or a week, we will have some top-tier gaming site articles with responses from either RedOctane or MS that will have a brief debate of the costs or similar details of this debate. Thus, I strongly suggest until we have a good 'key' references that we can pull quotes from, we just report the true facts (each pack costs 500 points, end of story). --Masem 06:08, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

It seems like this pricing controversy would fit best into the critical reception area, as it's gotten to be a fairly big deal over the wires. While no major video game websites have made comments on it (aside from the blogs of writers at IGN or somewhere), notable people like Tycho from PA have called the move insulting and ridiculous. Maybe once we get feedback from the professionals or something, it can get worked into the article. --Omex 13:18, 12 April 2007 (UTC)
Ok, now that Major Nelson has commented on the issue, there's good 'unbiased' points to put into the article. Moved what was there and put into the Reception section. --Masem 03:08, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Musical references

This section is starting to get out if hand again. We don't need to list every nod and reference to bands or songs.--Drat (Talk) 07:05, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

I deleted the toomuchtrivia tag, since it's not completely out of hand yet, but added two cautionary invisicomments to help let editors know to be careful about their additions to that segment, and help maintain some semblance of logical organization. Hopefully, this'll do the job without having to have that tag... Rdfox 76 11:46, 14 April 2007 (UTC)

Achievements List (XBOX 360)

Could anyone possible list an achievement list for the XBOX 360 version? Thanks. Mawest11 01:41, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not game guide information. That sort of information is more suited to GameFAQs. DarkSaber2k 08:13, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
Achievement lists are not unheard of for Xbox 360 games (though they're more common for Xbox 360 Live Arcade games). Examples: Boom_Boom_Rocket#Achievements, UNO (Xbox Live Arcade Game)#Achievements. It's not a guide; it's useful, notable, verifiable information that should be in the article if someone wants to take the time to put it in. Oren0 14:12, 8 May 2007 (UTC)
I dispute this. WP:NOT states indiscriminate information and game guide information are not allowed, and unless there is something notable about the achivements for this game then I would say it's being included indiscriminatly. Additionally, the article already has too much information in list form, listing the songs for both PS2 and XBox, More lists are just going to further reduce the quality of article. DarkSaber2k 14:15, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

XBox 360 Downloadable Tracks

I think someone should consider editing this section of the article. It reads that this game will have more downloadable content than any other game in history. However, they have only released once on April 11th, with nothing in the following month. Also, the controversy surrounding the price isn't given its adequate due in this section. I am not sure what further information there is about this issue, but this section of the game seems very unfinished to me, and I am wondering what other people think. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by DLarsen01 (talkcontribs) 16:54, 14 May 2007 (UTC).

The "most downloadable content" is a direct quote from someone with the game, but to say any more (the fact that there's been nothing else yet) is otherwise speculation right now. There's not much we can really do to change that.
The pricing issue is still up in the air; the article currently covers what the last statements were made about it, but no word has been stated if they will remain the same, cheaper, or what. So there's not really much more than can be added at this point. --Masem 17:55, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

Guitar hero 2 song choice

I think they should have a page on the guitar hero web site that u can put a request for a song that u would like to play or hvae —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 199.72.65.18 (talk) 13:49, 16 May 2007 (UTC).

So why don't you go to their website and tell them that instead of telling people who are in no position to do anything about it? DarkSaber2k 13:50, 16 May 2007 (UTC)
I think they did have something like that, but voting is over. I guess you'll have to wait for Guitar Hero IV. CrimsonKing2000

Guitar Hero

I havent yet edited the article but hasnt Guitar Hero 3 now been confirmed? check: http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/779/779325p1.html also http://wiimedia.ign.com/wii/image/article/783/783421/guitar-hero-iii-20070425035312257.jpg which is an image

Not sure carl trunecka


—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 86.140.128.208 (talk) 17:00, 16 May 2007 (UTC).

Star Power delay reverts

There is one thing which I have been pondering for a while.

As I have compared Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II, I have found out a difference between the star powers. On Guitar Hero I, you'd have to wait some time before you could use the Star Power, but on Guitar Hero II, there is no delay at all.

I have tried to make this change onto the article, twice. However, both times, those have been reverted out.

My first attempt was reverted due to not making sense. After that I realised that I did indeed, told the information with wrong words.

The second edit was reverted out with recent vandalism attacks, and all of those edits, including mine, was classified as "crap edits."

I have never had a plan to vandalise anything on Wikipedia, so I don't know why my contribution keeps getting reverted when I try to include it into the article. Did I still explain the issue in a confusing way, or is it somehow inappropriate to Wikipedia? ~IS7 17:18, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

First, it was still a fairly confusing torture of English grammar. It took me several reads to figure out what you were saying each time.
Second, I personally never noticed any lag in the use of Star Power in GH1, so I find myself questioning the truthfulness of the claim.
More importantly, however, it violates at least one, and possibly two, of Wikipedia's primary guidelines. For certain, from your description, it violates Wikipedia's ban on original research. Unless you can find a third-party source for the information that qualifies under Wiki guidelines as a reliable source, it won't be accepted into the article. Secondly, it may violate Wiki's policy that it is not a source for game guides, among other things.
Source the information, and put it in a relevant section, and it may stay in place, depending on the other editors' opinions. (IMO, if you can source it and put it with the other changes from GH1, I'll leave it alone.) Rdfox 76 17:48, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

Trivia Creep

I think something needs to be done about the increasingly awful trivia list. It's ruining what is otherwise a damn fine article, and lots of people keep adding ridiculous entries, or entries made up entirely of original research. Suggestions? DarkSaber2k 14:45, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

Option 1: Do nothing. Keep removing stupid references forever.
Option 2: Mark it with {{trivia}} and begin to remove spurious entries. The problem here is that these references are tough to tie in to the article.
Option 3: Spin the references into their own page. This page will get bloated quickly but at least it won't pollute the main page. (I think this is the best choice)
Option 4: Remove the section entirely (bad idea, IMO). Oren0 16:53, 21 May 2007 (UTC)


Option 3 sounds great. Someone should start this (don't have time right now...)Ledzeppelin19 21:07, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

Option 3 would balloon out until it was deleted. The list needs to be pared down, and integrated.--Drat (Talk) 11:52, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
I'm not sure I agree. It wouldn't be a trivia article per se, but rather an article about specific musical references, which I don't think violates WP:TRIV. Oren0 22:07, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
I would argue on Option 4, only because most of the references can be summed up as saying "There are references in loading screens, the background, and more to legendary guitar players, bands, and songs." These types of lists will always be added to with both correct and incorrect and stupid trivia, and it's better to cut it off before such can grow that way. Plus, many of these are speculative. Sure, the drummer exploding at the end of Spinal Tap's song is pretty much obvious, but some of the others are "possible" and not as secure. --Masem 23:04, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
This is the option I've been leaning towards too. DarkSaber2k 07:59, 24 May 2007 (UTC)
I'm going to be bold and do as you guys are discussing, since I wholeheartedly agree with Masem. --tennisman sign here! 22:26, 26 May 2007 (UTC)

I agree with Option 1. I like the trivia. If not, then 3. Ultim87 02:55, 10 June 2007 (UTC)

Some ideas for improvements to the Soundtrack section

After reading through the Soundtrack section a couple of times, I have found three things which caused a bit of confusion to me.

First, I noticed that there are an unique list for both PS2 and Xbox versions. However, there is also a list for Bonus Songs, but these are listed for both versions. Obviously, all of these Bonus songs are in the Xbox version, but two of these songs do not appear in the PS2 version, therefore making the Bonus Song list confusing to handle with the two main version lists, especially when only the italics are used to mark a song only being in the Xbox version.

I think that some changes should be made for these. Maybe the Bonus Songs list should be split into two unique sections, one for each version. Another way to improve it would be moving the list next to the Xbox version list, not only using the remaining space next to the Xbox list, but also a clear sight for instructions on why some text are in italics. Obviously, in my first example, the use of italics could also removed completely, as I think it's easy for people to spot differences between the two lists.

Second, there is a cross mark on some songs, which marks that the song is played with a rhythm guitar instead of a bass guitar. I think that this is completely pointless. I don't see anything encyclopedic on, why should we tell people that some songs are played with a rhythm guitar instead of a bass guitar. And also having a cross as a marking, it is very likely to steer some people to think that is the artist deceased or something. I think that this marking should be removed, as it's not really what should be told to people about Guitar Hero II.

Also, since it is already told that which songs are performed by the original artist, I don't see a need for bold markings either. I could see this as information written twice. Another way would be to leave these markings in, but removing the statement about this, but this could just improve the list, thus reducing the amount of written text.

And thirdly, this list could be also seen as spoiler. It is not told in the game, which songs are actually there. There are some people who'd love to get excited about the mystery of the songs in the game, so I think that the list could be marked as a possible spoiler also. ~IS7 13:38, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

I would think duplicating the bonus song list twice will make this page rather heavy (even if done in two columns). The only thing I think that could be done differently is to use a different means of indicating Xbox 360 songs besides font changes, such as using a special symbol at the end as done with bass/rhythm guitars.
Distinguishing covers and those using bass/rhythm guitars, while maybe a bit game-guide-ish, is actually of use for people that are interested in this type of music but may likely never buy GH2, as they can see what the devs have done to support that song in the game. If this were more generic songs created for the game by the devs, certainly I would think it not worthy, but these are some of the most popular (YMMV) songs in rock history, so there's definitely an interest by non-video game people to know how these songs are "respected" in the game. It's also very lightweight in how it's indicated on the page (taking up no space) that there's really no reason to remove it.
However, as to spoilers, there's been a huge recent discussion on what really is a spoiler on Wikipedia. ( See WP:Spoiler, and Template:Spoiler. Basically, the gist is with the new policy is that every page should be implied to be potentially spoiling, and that there needs to be really good concern to use the spoiler tag. Because the songs lists have been out for a while now (the PS2 version especially), it's really hard to consider these as spoilers any longer. Therefore, this section should not be spoiled. --Masem 14:01, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
All-right. But I'm still pretty sure that some changes still need to be made, as this list isn't at it's perfect conditition at the moment. I'd still change the cross symbol, for example, as it could be very misleading for some people. Also removing the bold texts would improve the list, as the statement on original works is already written, and maybe bold markings are too heavy just to mark original works to the game. ~IS7 14:31, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
I really don't see any misleading about that list at all. I think you would have to be pretty stupid to misinterpret anything, especially since it is spelled out pretty clearly in the legend above the list (for your information, a cross doesn't always mean death). Y2kcrazyjoker4 02:11, 29 May 2007 (UTC)