Scratch: The Ultimate DJ spins to 360, PS3

Genco and 7 Studios team with Quincy Jones III on hip-hop rhythm game next spring; Numark onboard for turntable peripheral.

Rhythm games spanning a variety of music genres have been around for years. However, it wasn't until until little-known game makers RedOctane and Harmonix toured with Guitar Hero in 2005 that the rhythm genre took a dramatic turn toward superstardom. Thus far, though, the rhythm-game revolution hasn't expanded much beyond its rocking roots.

It's a wonder there aren't more afro-related turntable injuries.

Genco Interactive and 7 Studios are hoping to change that fact. The gamemakers today announced Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, a hip-hop-based rhythm game that will make use of a specially designed turntable controller designed by Numark. The game is currently slated to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this spring.

It's often said that a rhythm game is only as good as its setlist, and the gamemakers promise tunes from "the biggest names in hip-hop." Indeed, as part of today's announcement, the publisher said that it has partnered with Quincy Jones III and QD3 Entertainment, which has produced music for such hip-hop legends as Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J, and Ice Cube.

Information on the game is scarce, though the developer did release a handful of screenshots today. The game features a cel-shaded artistic style, with a scrolling rhythm board not unlike Konami's Rock Revolution. According to Genco and 7 Studios, gameplay will be "similar to top-selling rhythm games," with players starting out as a journeyman DJ and attempting to make a name for themselves as a spinner at the top nightclubs.

Scratch may face light competition when it debuts next year, but rhythm-game kingpin Activision has signaled its interest in entering the hip-hop space. Earlier this year, the Guitar Hero publisher filed an application to trademark the name DJ Hero with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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129 comments
conan6980
conan6980

ElectrolightSH wrote: Trance and Techno is more popular in most country then rap. I agree that rap is more popular in the US then the UK but like I said rap is stupid and is for the stupid (FACT) and America is full of stupid people, people who want to waste their money on noise. It's not about opinion, it is a fact that rap is crap not just because I don't like it. Real artists like DJ Tiësto sell out wherever he go's and don't talk about how much they make because while it may be true that rappers make more money then most people but just remember so do crack dealers. Wow. Gross generalizations, over-voicing your opinion and using the word "FACT" with no actual facts. As I said before, there is a lot of hip-hop/rap that does suck...that can be said of every genre of music. As far as saying it's for (ahem) "stupid people"...shouldn't out yourself with such bright lights. Never read a more ignorant point of view. Your post alone is littered with grammar errors, spelling errors and incorrect word usage. Of course, I listen to some hip-hop so I'm stupid and don't know how to correctly speak the English language...*read with much sarcasm*.

conan6980
conan6980

ElectrolightSH wrote: Trance and Techno is more popular in most country then rap. I agree that rap is more popular in the US then the UK but like I said rap is stupid and is for the stupid (FACT) and America is full of stupid people, people who want to waste their money on noise. It's not about opinion, it is a fact that rap is crap not just because I don't like it. Real artists like DJ Tiësto sell out wherever he go's and don't talk about how much they make because while it may be true that rappers make more money then most people but just remember so do crack dealers. Wow. Gross generalizations, over-voicing your opinion and using the word "FACT" with no actual facts. As I said before, there is a lot of hip-hop/rap that does suck...that can be said of every genre of music. As far as saying it's for (ahem) "stupid people"...shouldn't out yourself with such bright lights. Never read a more ignorant point of view. Your post alone is littered with grammar errors, spelling errors and incorrect word usage. Of course, I listen to some hip-hop so I'm stupid and don't know how to correctly speak the English language...*read with much sarcasm*.

birdman1852
birdman1852

I'm still waiting for Banjo Hero and no... that's not a joke.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

A great idea, remember not everyone likes GH/RB. The music-game industry is just warming up people and their gonna milk-it good, because there are alot of suckers out there. Triangle Hero anyone??

T070Y
T070Y

Scratching is awesome and everything but... A FREAKIN GAME!? WHAT THE HELL!?

unkling
unkling

I want an IDM and Breakcore game. I want a rythm game with Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares, Hellfish and Boards of Canada on it-but it'll never happen...

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

"If you don't like rap or hip hop, DON'T BUY IT! The problem with electronica and trance is that it does'nt sell in the USA. Just look at sales figures comparing those genres to hip hop. Hip hop is a multi billion dollar industry. Just because you don't like something, does not mean that it is no good, just that you have different tastes. I don't enjoy country or opera music, but that does'nt make that music inferior to any other form of music. To each his own. And to say that rap does'nt have some of the top DJ's is a joke. Look who is getting paid. Besides NY, Miami and L.A. no one is listening to techno or trance. Hell, DJ Tiesto came to Cleveland a few months ago, and could'nt even get 200 people to the show. As I stated below, game companies want to make money. If you can't pull more than 200 people in a city of a few million, why would you expect someone to invest millions in you when you can't draw buyers?" - bigbudman42072 Trance and Techno is more popular in most country then rap. I agree that rap is more popular in the US then the UK but like I said rap is stupid and is for the stupid (FACT) and America is full of stupid people, people who want to waste their money on noise. It's not about opinion, it is a fact that rap is crap not just because I don't like it. Real artists like DJ Tiësto sell out wherever he go's and don't talk about how much they make because while it may be true that rappers make more money then most people but just remember so do crack dealers.

sithwarrior2003
sithwarrior2003

Ya know, if they add electronica, say happy hardcore, trance, and some house set lists I'd definitely buy this game. Hands down.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

imperial agent, IMO rap and hiphop does suck. Trust me, I won't be buying any game that would involve playing music from J-Unit or 25 cents or those other idiots who claim they are 'gangsta'. AL CAPONE was a real gangster.

JACKAL1883
JACKAL1883

why does japan get beatmania and we get this crap. LAME! LAME! LAME! Just give us BEATMANIA!!! We have been putting up with your garbage for too long.

imperial_agent
imperial_agent

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imperial_agent
imperial_agent

When Guitar Hero was announced: This game is gonna sux. who wants to remember button patterns when I can just play a REAL guitar. I'm internet TOUGH GUY! When Rock Band was announced: What a rip-off of Guitar Hero which is so awesome. It has a drum and microphone set? SO GIMMICKY! This sux. It's not even a different music genre! way to expensive too! this is stoopid. When Scratch was announced: omg hip-hop sux. Why isn't there any trance music? this sux. what a rip-off of guitar hero/rock band. No track listing yet, but i don't care because it's not rock/metal so it sux and turntables are stoopid. /sarcasm much?

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

I don't think so! This is just stupid. Hope they don't spend all their money on this idea!

mikethemonkey
mikethemonkey

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av10
av10

Now they are squeezing every single drop out of the lemon. I mean why not just leave it with these two great franchises: GH and RB? Its enough with those two and with DJ hero or whatever its called it will just ruin this whole Genre.

Ronricofsu
Ronricofsu

who ever thought of this during the office meeting, should of been punched in the face.

doctorwang12
doctorwang12

this is the GAYEST idea ever especially when guitar hero and rock band is taking over the world

litafan4ever
litafan4ever

the screenshot makes this look like a dumbed down version of Beatmania.

dj_c4
dj_c4

I really hope Numark comes through on the controller... As someone who can actually scratch, I am very sceptical they will be able to emulate the experience the same way guitar hero has. An arcade game that perfectly simulates scratching called "Crackin Dj 2" has already been out, but it's not popular cause if you can't scratch in real life...it's pretty hard to play. But if you can, that's where you should be spending your time. So fun. Wish it had a bigger song list.

Sage216
Sage216

I hope they bring in some Dj Krush and/or Dj Shadow in here. Agreed?

foeleaf
foeleaf

guitar hero is really not my thing, but for a rythem game, i will at least try this out.

raverrozza
raverrozza

i laugh in the face of this idea!! ridiculous!

finaleve
finaleve

Not too sure how this would play out. I played Beat Mania but didn't like it (just didn't feel right to me).

SnoSlider-PS3-
SnoSlider-PS3-

Definetly needs an old school soundtrack! I wonder if "The Crab" and other scratch "moves" will be incorporated. They should call in DJ Q-Bert and the Space Pickles for expert guidance.

nate_c-12
nate_c-12

Why are they even going to make this game in a world with Guitar Hero and Rock Band?

jaybun3030
jaybun3030

TripSe7en, you my friend are a genius.

plastikman88
plastikman88

hmmmm mixing music and using turntables isnt about how fast u can scratch or turn up the volume... so whats the point of this game?

Zigeye
Zigeye

This game looks stupid.

matty_sen
matty_sen

STOP THE MILKING, ITS KILLING THE SEIRIES!!!!!!!!!!

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

I 100% back Tao Jones's comment.... Hip Hop is dead by todays standards with all the "talent" (ahem) belonging to the producers and not the "Rapper"... Hip Hop IMO is a bunch of no-talent-a$$-clowns... Bring back old school hip-hop where lyrics were intelligent and not about drugs, sex, and b******...

Tao_Jones
Tao_Jones

Apparently stating fact gets you thumbed down. Sorry kiddies but do a little research. Now you get a wall of text: The appearance of turntablists and the birth of turntablism was prompted by one major factor - the disappearance of the DJ in hip hop groups, on records and in live shows at the turn of the 1990s. This disappearance has been widely documented in books and documentaries (such as Black Noise and Scratch The Movie), and was linked to the increased use of DAT tapes and other studio techniques that would ultimately push the DJ further away from the original hip hop equation of the MC as the vocalist and the DJ as the music provider alongside the producer. This push and disappearance of the DJ meant that the practices of the DJ, such as scratching, went back underground and were cultivated and built upon by a generation of people who grew up with hip hop, DJs and scratching. By the mid-90s the disappearance of the DJ in hip hop had created a sub-culture which would come to be known as turntablism and which focused entirely on the DJ utilising his turntables and a mixer to manipulate sounds and create music. By pushing the practice of DJing away, hip hop created the grounds for this sub-culture to evolve. My point being that a turntable based game featuring 'current' hip hop and rap would feature a pretty weak song list for the person doing the spinning. This whole idea is pretty absurd to me anyway since scratching is as much about improvisation and creativity as it is maintaining the rhythm. Flame on fanbois. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTXS3fi_ciQ

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

coming this Fall...the most anticipated game in ages.... BANJO HERO!

james007_14
james007_14

This games looks cool. I'm glad they are making a rythem game in a different genre besides rock.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

I may not be particularly fond of the hip-hop genre as of the last decade or so, but it's about time it got its chance to shine in the gaming industry. Because you know, maybe we may get some great legendary hip-hop artists rising because of their inspiration from this game, much like plenty of people have taken interest in playing instruments since Guitar Hero and Rock Band emerged, and at least a few of these "inspired people" may end up being the next legendary artist. ...That or we'll just have plenty of people taking interest in the DJ career or becoming them in the near future. Pays decent money though.

dannyaq
dannyaq

uhhg it looks dead like a note chart from beatmania meaning it looks like more of a funky keyboard game than anything that has to do with turntables.

Way2fonky
Way2fonky

conan6980 Posted Oct 8, 2008 7:54 am PT "I love the fact that if someone doesn't like a particular type of music it's automatically crap. It's a matter of taste. And to say hip-hop is only for stupid people...wow. While I admit, a lot of hip-hop/rap as of late is kinda garbage, there are still some very creative and intelligent artists out there writing hip-hop tracks. Not everyone likes emo, rock, techno, trance....you get the point. To say a particular type of music sucks because you don't like it...that is the epitome of ignorance." I'm sorry, but this guy sums it up so well that I just have to completely quote him. You can't put it any better than that.

MoK86
MoK86

well at first I thought HEY another dj game because konami's game was not for me. but now that i see this game im like NO im not for hiphop im in it for the TRANCE and TECHNO so when they decide to go on the smart lane let me know.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I listen to hip-hop (mostly older stuff [90's, early millennium]) so the music could be a good thing. I'm unsure about the turntable aspect of the game and how it will translate into solid gameplay. The concept has my interest, but I'm not sure this is a game I would pay $60 for, even with a turntable peripheral.

N-REAL
N-REAL

Lets keep this discussion in order please! :)

-Nintendude-
-Nintendude-

Oh damn, why do they need to copy all of the Konami's music games... now I'm waiting the day when they decide to make also a Keyboard Mania copy. At least this one won't have dance/electronic music like the original, IIDX. I'm definitely not into hip-hop so gonna pass on this one (Gonna try it somewhere anyway since I'm quite of a music game fanatic.)

xNinjaKingx
xNinjaKingx

looks like a rap/techno version of gutair hero :D looks awesome

conan6980
conan6980

I love the fact that if someone doesn't like a particular type of music it's automatically crap. It's a matter of taste. And to say hip-hop is only for stupid people...wow. While I admit, a lot of hip-hop/rap as of late is kinda garbage, there are still some very creative and intelligent artists out there writing hip-hop tracks. Not everyone likes emo, rock, techno, trance....you get the point. To say a particular type of music sucks because you don't like it...that is the epitome of ignorance.

bigbudman42072
bigbudman42072

cosz71, I don't need to "go outside and talk to a girl". I am married with two kids, as well as being a DJ, and making over $100k per year. Maybe you should take your own advice.

bigbudman42072
bigbudman42072

Sorry to burst your bubble cosz71, but i am not a fan boy. I did'nt comment on the SIMON line because i agree. I do not own any rhythm games because I DON'T LIKE THEM. But that does'nt mean they are not games. By the way, as a consumer you have the right to buy or not buy anything you want. This game is being made for a certain group of consumers, it just does'nt happen to be you.

bigbudman42072
bigbudman42072

Sorry to burst your bubble cosz71, but i am not a fan boy. I did'nt comment on the SIMON line because i agree. I do not own any rhythm games because I DON'T LIKE THEM. But that does'nt mean they are not games. By the way, as a consumer you have the right to buy or not buy anything you want. This game is being made for a certain group of consumers, it just does'nt happen to be you.