Johnny Cash Makes Game Debut in Guitar Hero 5

Johnny Cash Makes Game Debut in Guitar Hero 5

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Activision has announced that the late country legend Johnny Cash will be making his way onto consoles as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5.

Okay, wait. Stop right there. I know what (many of) you all are thinking, "But I hate country music!" I don't care, because it's Johnny Cash, and Johnny Cash is awesome. Even people who don't like country music like Johnny Cash, all right?

Good, glad we got that out of the way. Anyway! The late Cash will be joining fellow legend Carlos Santana and, um, not-quite-so-legendary Shirley Manson (of Garbage fame) as real-world musicians appearing in Guitar Hero 5. Cash will be an unlockable character along with the "Electric Honky Tonk Bar" venue - to quote the press release below:

Multiple Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash will be introduced to an all new audience this fall as he makes his video game debut as a playable character in the highly anticipated Guitar Hero® 5. Cash's virtual image will live on as Guitar Hero players can rock out on any instrument controller to "Ring Of Fire," and even unlock the ability to strum and sing along as the "Man in Black" himself in the all-new Electric Honky Tonk Bar venue. Cash joins the ever-growing list of playable in-game artists announced for Guitar Hero 5.

Cash was best-known for his distinctive deep voice, his dark clothing - which earned him the nickname "Man in Black" - and a rebellious and anti-authoritarian streak that many believe influenced the growth of the punk rock movement. As mentioned above, "Ring of Fire" will be playable in GH5, but you know what? I think they should just cut to the chase and release Guitar Hero: Johnny Cash. No reason not to, right?

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I don't get why people hate Country Music so much, I like it on occasion, and I'm like a celebrity at school after I sang "Ring of Fire" at a talent show. I have a video of me singing it, and I'd post it if I weren't so paranoid.

It became like a meme of itself...

But bitterness against Activision takes over, most likely this will be pushed aside for Guitar Hero 6 with......uh......I dunno, I don't know any rock band members!

I like country music. I would always secretly tune into K-Rose while playing GTA: San Andreas.

This is a good thing; alongside Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash is one of the few country musicians I can actually STAND to listen to.

Yes! amen to that! (the gh:johnny cash thing)

I hope he's gona say "hi I'm Johnny Cash" before each gig in the game too, cause if he doesn't... now that would just be wrong.

Takes the term flogging a dead horse to a whole new level.

How did they work this out, which one of Cash's descendents though the best way to honour the man in black was to put him in a video game?

Another bastion of artistic integrity falls, God bless Pink Floyd and Led Zeppilin is all I can say

I really don't want to buy this game but I'm finding it hard to resist the temptation of playing as Johnny Cash.

I'm not a fan fo country music, But Johnny Cash?! On my console?! Someone loves us. Now give us Frank Zappa and have those two team up.

This is totally awesome. The next big step that needs to be taken - Bob Dylan as a playable character.

Johnny Cash? Meh. I'm more happy for the Nirvana songs on there.

Oh thank the gods! Will they let you play Folsom Prison Blues?

It's kind of funny, I'm wearing a Johnny Cash "Outlaw Music" t-shirt right now.

I love Johnny Cash. The other day I saw a post on a thread that said "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." and I couldn't help but smile.
But I think this is great for Guitar Hero to do it adds diversity to the game.

HardRockSamurai:
This is a good thing; alongside Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash is one of the few country musicians I can actually STAND to listen to.

Well, Dylan is more Folk, but I see your point, I tend to classify them the same in my head too.

Anyway, anyone heard Cash's album that was released posthumously? Amazing, I still listen to it to this day.

this is a huge topic for activision? right up there with "everyone hate's us right now",and, "we are seen as the gaming company equvillent of saten"?

it's a shame he's not going to get nearly as much attention as the beatles are.

Pipotchi:
Takes the term flogging a dead horse to a whole new level.

How did they work this out, which one of Cash's descendents though the best way to honour the man in black was to put him in a video game?

Another bastion of artistic integrity falls, God bless Pink Floyd and Led Zeppilin is all I can say

Yeah, let's bless PF and LZ for holding onto some pretentious "hurr durr im TOO GOOD to be in a video game!" attitude. They're definitely to be admired, because everyone knows Guitar Hero destroys music... Er... Somehow.

Why has no-one mentioned the irony of ring of fire being on the 360. Also this is pretty cool news, and once they release the Dylan avatar I will actually buy this

I don't think this will work...

I like Johnny Cash...but how many of his songs are any of us actually gonna play? Like 2...

This will probably end up like other Guitar Hero titles...my friends and I gave it a try but ultimately put in Rock Band after a half-hour...

Not even Johnny Cash will let me think about buying Guitar Hero 5 after the terrible Song List in 4..

Ring on fire...where the heck did I hear this song before?

The Bandit:

Pipotchi:
Takes the term flogging a dead horse to a whole new level.

How did they work this out, which one of Cash's descendents though the best way to honour the man in black was to put him in a video game?

Another bastion of artistic integrity falls, God bless Pink Floyd and Led Zeppilin is all I can say

Yeah, let's bless PF and LZ for holding onto some pretentious "hurr durr im TOO GOOD to be in a video game!" attitude. They're definitely to be admired, because everyone knows Guitar Hero destroys music... Er... Somehow.

So its pretentious to maintain creative control over your own output?. your essentially having a go at two of the best rock groups to have ever existed because they dont need the money enough to sell it to every commercial/video game. Its nice to know some artists (wherever you agree or disagree with their decision) have that level of integrity.

I never said Guitar hero destroys music, my point was that I dont think that if he was still alive Johnny cash would be signing up to get his likeness into a video game

Screw that, we need Dewey Cox! WALK HARD!!!!!

That's great news, I love Johny Cash! I don't play Guitar Hero but getting more people to know his music is always a good thing.

ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!

Now all we need is "Stairway to Heaven" and a Guitar Hero game with all Moody Blues music and we're set

Pipotchi:

The Bandit:

Pipotchi:
Takes the term flogging a dead horse to a whole new level.

How did they work this out, which one of Cash's descendents though the best way to honour the man in black was to put him in a video game?

Another bastion of artistic integrity falls, God bless Pink Floyd and Led Zeppilin is all I can say

Yeah, let's bless PF and LZ for holding onto some pretentious "hurr durr im TOO GOOD to be in a video game!" attitude. They're definitely to be admired, because everyone knows Guitar Hero destroys music... Er... Somehow.

So its pretentious to maintain creative control over your own output?. your essentially having a go at two of the best rock groups to have ever existed because they dont need the money enough to sell it to every commercial/video game. Its nice to know some artists (wherever you agree or disagree with their decision) have that level of integrity.

I never said Guitar hero destroys music, my point was that I dont think that if he was still alive Johnny cash would be signing up to get his likeness into a video game

I would agree if they were sacrificing any form of creativity. But, they're not. The music remains unchanged. The only thing that could be affected is their image.

EDIT: And, please, don't use "best" when describing any artist. Music is entirely subjective. There is no "best" artist.

Hell yeah!

*starts saving money for Guitar Hero 5*

I'm not wild about Mr. Cash, but Santana? Guitar Hero 5 just became slightly more interesting. I wouldn't mind grabbing a squeeky piece of plastic and thrashing (or so to speak) on Smooth.

Carlos Santana is awesome.

Awesome. Awesome to the max.

What should really be done is a dedicated country guitar hero. The I might actually be interested in the franchise :D

yaaaay go johnny. Shame I can't afford these games, But i can hope to play around some friends house sometime maybe if I'm not too drunk

 

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