R.I.P. Guitar Hero

R.I.P. <i>Guitar Hero</i>
If you have always dreamed about being a rock star, but don't actually know how to play an instrument, there's a pretty good chance you've dabbled with the videogame Guitar Hero. Well, your plastic-axe-wielding rock'n'roll lifestyle just took a serious hit, as videogame publisher Activision Blizzard has pulled the plug on the once-successful franchise.

As some stats have shown, music videogames have been declining in popularity in recent years, and the franchise is currently on its way to a weak first quarter, according to a Reuters report. Activision Publishing boss Eric Hirshberg explained, "We simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics."

The original Guitar Hero was a massive hit on upon its release in 2005. This spawned a series with six instalments, most recently 2010's Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Original developer Harmonix later went on to create the music game Rock Band, which was likely responsible in part for the downfall of the Guitar Hero franchise.

According to IGN, Activision originally planned to put out a new Guitar Hero game in 2011, but it has been cancelled. There is so far no word as to the future of the spinoff DJ Hero series.

UPDATE: DJ Hero has also been cancelled. A message on the game's website reads, "Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's DJ Hero business unit and discontinue development on its DJ Hero game for 2011." Ouch!