The patent was from 2010. Rocksmith was developed from a game called Guitar Rising that released a demo in 2009.
All it appears to be is an instructional DVD you pay big bucks to access on line. All they did is take out the guitar parts of songs and add a very confusing tablature to the page. You could be playing the wrong part the whole time and never know because there is no interaction from the system.
Vox made a small speaker that connects to the computer and removes the guitar part from any MP3 you want. It was sold for only around $80. You could purchase one of those and look up tabs online and be further ahead than with guitar apprentice.
Either way, changing pixels is changing pixels, and the fewer changed, the more efficient.
I guess if it is just a pre-rendered video then it don't matter (as much), but that would just plain suck.
Every week Gibson posts a new song from GA here: http://www2.gibson.com/Lessons/Skill...pprentice.aspx
They render out the videos a head of time - so you are playing 1 of 5 different levels of songs at one of 3 speeds. They are all covers. I can not handle the upside down tab OR the density, but i do use the note name on the right to learn the fretboard. Do not use their player, it is dreadful - some of the worst software i have ever used. On the upside, it will run on very modest hardware and the slowed down audio is pretty good. the also show the L and R hands which can be helpful when learning something new.
I found it in the fall waiting for RS... i only continue to use it as i am still waiting for RS.
The patent is for progressive learning of music on a computing device, i think. given that progressive learning on computers goes back to about the beginning of computers, i am guessing that did it with music.
the other thing is that they are all slightly different than the original, and while they have the title from the original, they rarely state the original artist. I would be surprised if they had any permission from the original artist.
i apologize for the double post, but wouldn't RB3 Pro, or even RB1-2 drums be prior art? Harmonix launched RB3 Oct 26, 2010 and demoed it way before that. How could you sue RS but not RB?
Last edited by RockinPC; 04-10-2012 at 07:50 PM.