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South Park DVD won't have Rock Band tracks after all

by Brad Trechak, posted May 17th 2008 2:08PM
South Park Season 11Remember when it was previously reported that the South Park Season 11 DVD set will have tracks for the XBox 360 video game Rock Band? Well, apparently they took it back, according to our sister site, XBox 360 Fanboy.

Xay de Matos from Fanboy speculates that the reason behind ditching the tracks is that they were never intended for Rock Band. Rather, they were intended for Guitar Hero (specifically Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock), the video game an entire episode in Season 11 is dedicated to. Apparently, the people in marketing didn't know the difference.

I don't understand the logic behind this decision. It's an excellent promotional possibility, so why wouldn't the makers of these video games be all over this like a fly on rotting food?

The final specs for the DVD set haven't been released, so it's possible some extra goodies will still be on it (Trey and Matt have historically at least done mini-commentaries for every episode). It's a case of wait and see.

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People, like Xay de Matos from 360 Fanboy, are idiots.

Rock Band tracks on the SP Season 11 DVD made perfect sense even though the episode is about Guitar Hero. I'll break it down:

Comedy Central is owned by Viacom.
MTV Games is owned by Viacom.
Harmonix is owned by Viacom as a subsidiary of MTV Games.
Rock Band was created by Harmonix.
Activision/Vivendi Universal own the Guitar Hero franchise.

More than likely, the tracks simply weren't ready by the time the DVD needed to be pressed. The alternative to that could have been to use a X360 code to allow the download. It's also highly possible that licensing wasn't final when the announcement was made and fell through. Maybe the the tracks were from an artist signed with Universal Music Group, who is owned by Vivendi, who are in the process of buying Activison and they possibly invoked their 'You can't have this' card.

It's definitely NOT because the episode featured Guitar Hero.

May 17 2008 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The answer is royalties. The material was to expensive to publish on DVD I guess. There can't be any other reason.

May 17 2008 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Though the season had an episode dedicated to Guitar Hero, the tracks being for Rock Band made sense as well. That is considering that Rock Band has "Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld" as a bonus song on it.

May 17 2008 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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