Posted on August 16, 2007,

Bret Michaels Saves the Day in Guitar Hero 3

Late one day at the Neversoft development office:

Developer 1: “Man, Rock Band looks amazing.”

Developer 2: Totally. How are we going to compete with that?

Developer 1: “Hmm… Not sure… Maybe a celebrity endorsement!”

Developer 2: Nice! But who?

Developer 1: “Hmm… Who do the kids like these days…. AHA! I got it!”

bret michaels

Poor Neversoft, it’s going to be a rough year. They are basically going up against the original creators of the series they have been so successful with. (Harmonix developed both Rock Band and Guitar Hero) They are certainly being creative, adding various labels and classic hits to Guitar Hero 3’s growing library. The latest of these is the endorsement and in-game persona of none other than Bret Michaels, the former front man to the 80’s band Poison.


New screens have just been released showing Brett in all his pale glory rocking out in the game. I can’t imagine this will be enough to take some of the wind out of Rock Band’s sails, but I suppose there are some people out there who are excited over the prospect. The real battle remains, will brand title win out over developer recognition?

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12 Comments on Bret Michaels Saves the Day in Guitar Hero 3

used cisco

On August 16, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I don’t know what is worse, that a MAN could actually look like that picture intentionally, or that people actually liked it.

Either way, not only will this news NOT take wind from Rock Bands sales, but instead it will be a visious tornado pushing them to victory. I was previously rooting for GHIII over rockback because these games are getting WAY too expensive, but with Brett “D-Bag” Michaels on the scene for GH, now all of a sudden I’m not sure which way to go.


On August 16, 2007 at 11:24 pm

The Brett Michaels Band… never knew he had one outside of Poison. How sad…. and how sad for us that we will have to listen let alone “play” this tune on GH3. Yuk.


On August 17, 2007 at 6:56 am

I’d swear those are OJ’s gloves

used cisco

On August 17, 2007 at 11:07 am

I just hope that Bretts band paid Activision to get his tune in the game and not the other way around. I hate to think that at least SOMEONE didn’t profit off this getting forced on us. And haha @OJ gloves, nice. ^^


On August 17, 2007 at 11:40 am

70% of the GH audience don’t know who Bret Michaels is.

29% of the GH audience are trying very hard to forget.

The other 1% need to be put out of their misery.

This does make Neversoft seem desperate for attention. I hope this was some secret trade agreement. Something along the lines of “If you put Bret Michael in, we’ll give you the rights to these 10 arbitrary songs you’ve been dying to get into the game.”

Actually, I can’t think of 10 songs among any artist that would make that a fair trade.

used cisco

On August 17, 2007 at 12:18 pm


“Actually, I can’t think of 10 songs among any artist that would make that a fair trade.”

I started to make a list of 10 of the most awesome songs ever written that would be so sweet on guitar hero just to prove you wrong. About halfway through, I realized I would still need another 30 or 40 songs to make it worth it, so I quit. :(


On August 18, 2007 at 10:04 am

I’m not sure where you guys get you stats, or if your just speaking from opinion. I’m thinking the latter. Anyway, Steve’s thesis on 70% and 29% of the GH audience is pure falacy. The 80′s was a decade of glory, sex, drugs and rock. Although I may agree on the 29% part trying to forget Bret Michaels, and I think Neversoft could have picked someone far better from the 80′s rock era than the Poison frontman…lets look at facts.

“The average game player is 30 years old and has been playing games for 9.5 years”

“The average game buyer is 37 years old. In 2005, 95 percent of
computer game buyers and 84 percent of console game buyers were over
the age of 18.”

Video games are all about the children of the 80′s, myself included. I’d wager to say that instead of “70% of the GH audience don’t know who Bret Michaels is”, that 70% of you never heard a Def Leppard song on the radio or ever played a real Nintendo game on an original Nintendo.

You’re not thinking from a business aspect, and the fact is the people with money are in their late 20′s and 30′s, and we are the ones who buy the games either for us, or for our kids. Neversoft could give a crap less what you think as a kid. They care what I think because of my wallet. And I think that GH Encore and GH3 are far superior to GH1 and GH2, in song quality and playability.


On October 16, 2007 at 2:03 am

His name is spelled Bret…..not Brett, but…… Bret. :roll:


On November 1, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Wow You little kids Just got burned by Dave. Bret Michaels kicks ASS!!


On November 3, 2007 at 9:24 am

it is a cool came i fine it one if the best games i ever saw in my life :lol: :smile:


On January 19, 2008 at 2:44 am

“I don’t know what is worse, that a MAN could actually look like that picture intentionally, or that people actually liked it.”

If it made you as much money and got you laid as much as Bret Michaels in the 80′s, you’d wear panties on your forehead and dance to polka.

Glam Rock was the scene. It had plenty of great, memorable songs and loads of horrible derived crap. LIKE EVERY MUSIC ERA!

Poison did well in their day. Some of us still enjoy their music.

Being bitter only proves how much of a loser you are. Go listen to some whiny moaning bitter rock act on MTV and enjoy hating everyone who’s ever been successful in life.


On January 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm

When I was a kid poison was the sh!t. Like most stars from that era, Bret never did anything afterwards. I cant think of many that were reputable back in those days can really fit into todays music without a ton of haters and many of even their original fans now thinking they are a joke. Slash is an exception I think but hes always been the quite guy in back never doing anything over the top or out there but just standing there lookin cool strummin his guitar. I think many glory days are not meant to be relived… the era of glam rock definetly being one of them.