Devotees of the SID sound chip in the Commodore 64 will love this. A new project called Shredz64 promises to create a working version of Guitar Hero with the C64’s vintage sounds, and will unlock the ability to use other PS2 controllers, as well. We’ve seen various hardware hacks to provide better I/O and simple onboard controls to make the C64 more fun as an instrument/synth; the next frontier seems to be adding more elaborate external hardware.
Being the C64, you get funny moments like this: “Some obstacles to be worked through include presentation of music given the 3 voice nature of the 6581 and 8580.” Indeed. The graphics are a bit more primitive, as well (ahem). But Guitar Hero with SID files? Priceless.
Just don’t let Timbaland anywhere near this.
(Good peoples of Harmonix, assuming Viacom still leaves you time to read this blog, curious what you think!)