Rock Band cymbals = gimmick?

Harmonix has recently revealed that Rock Band 2 will support 3rd party peripherals.  3rd party cymbals can be attached to the official Harmonix kit to help simulate a real drum set.  There will also be a $299 Ion Drum kit that contains 4 high quality, arrangeable drum pads, and 3 "cymbols" corresponding to the colors yellow, blue, and green on the drums. 

Naturally, you'd assume the cymbals would be supported in the game.  In both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series(post GH 1), the guitar and bass instruments include "Hammer On and Pull Off" notes.  These mean that you don't have to strum these notes, assuming you press the button at the correct time.  Annotated a different note on the chart(white ring on GH, smaller note on RB).  A natural progression for RB2 drums would be some sort of variation in the note on the chart, that says "hey, you can hit the cymbal if you want".

So far, signs point to this not being included in the game. Harmonix developer Johnlok himself stated that if you listen to the song, you will eventually figure out for yourself the appropriate pad to hit, and annotation isn't required. http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65092&page=8

Guitar Hero: World Tour will include a drumset with 3 pads, and 2 cymbals.  It has also been stated that the game is compatibile with Rock Band peripherals, and that the note charts for songs will actually change to fit with your drum set.  So why can't Harmonix change the note charts of songs to fit their own peripherals?

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Posted by ChaosTony

Harmonix has recently revealed that Rock Band 2 will support 3rd party peripherals.  3rd party cymbals can be attached to the official Harmonix kit to help simulate a real drum set.  There will also be a $299 Ion Drum kit that contains 4 high quality, arrangeable drum pads, and 3 "cymbols" corresponding to the colors yellow, blue, and green on the drums. 

Naturally, you'd assume the cymbals would be supported in the game.  In both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series(post GH 1), the guitar and bass instruments include "Hammer On and Pull Off" notes.  These mean that you don't have to strum these notes, assuming you press the button at the correct time.  Annotated a different note on the chart(white ring on GH, smaller note on RB).  A natural progression for RB2 drums would be some sort of variation in the note on the chart, that says "hey, you can hit the cymbal if you want".

So far, signs point to this not being included in the game. Harmonix developer Johnlok himself stated that if you listen to the song, you will eventually figure out for yourself the appropriate pad to hit, and annotation isn't required. http://www.rockband.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65092&page=8

Guitar Hero: World Tour will include a drumset with 3 pads, and 2 cymbals.  It has also been stated that the game is compatibile with Rock Band peripherals, and that the note charts for songs will actually change to fit with your drum set.  So why can't Harmonix change the note charts of songs to fit their own peripherals?

Posted by asdfghasdf

Nice entry, but I think the answer is pretty obvious. They want to make Rock Band 2 compatible with the Rock Band 1 drums. I'm most certainly not going to re-buy drums when I can save a lot of money just using my old set.

Posted by jNerd

I've all but given up on rhythm games... I might pick up Rockband 2 with just a guitar later in 09 & I might snag a drum-kit later but.... geez I'm sick of this crap, lol.

-Irate Rhythm Gamer

Posted by Vigorousjammer

well, part of it is probobly just like Wilkins said... they want to make Rock Band 1's drums compatible... however... you mentioned "hit the cymbal IF YOU WANT" so, therefore the rock band 1 drums would be compatible, you just couldn't hit the cymbal, and would have to still hit the pads...

but if they change the charting, then they'd have to release a patch for all of the previous tracks they've released... and that would be annoying...
personally, I don't see much of a difference if it's charted or not...

in fact, having it uncharted will help you better listen to the song, which is good if you're trying to get better and becoming a real drummer...
so, I like it better the way it is...

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