Monday, January 21, 2008

Guitar Hero 3: Best-Selling Game of All Time

Activision today announced that its Guitar Hero series has pushed past the $1 billion mark since its debut 26 months ago, citing NPD Group data. In North America alone, the series has sold more than 14 million units. In addition to that news, the company pointed out that Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock was the top-selling title in 2007, making it the best-selling video game of all time in a single calendar year—thanks to the fact that it appeared simultaneously on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.

"Guitar Hero is one of the biggest brands and one of the most powerful distribution platforms in all of entertainment today," said Michael Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Activision Publishing Inc. "Guitar Hero's popularity with broad audiences is a confirmation that video games have become a true mass medium."

Good for Activision. But remember: the best-selling game of all time is not equal to the best video game of all time.

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