News: guitar hero breaking box office records... van halen version on the way!


Shares of the video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. advanced Friday, a day after the company posted first-quarter earnings that surpassed Wall Street expectations.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company said sales of its "Call of Duty," "Guitar Hero" and "World of Warcraft" games helped results.

Stay-at-home rock stars will have more entries in the best-selling Guitar Hero video game series to fuel their fantasies of pop glory, Billboard reported. The publisher Activision Blizzard said it was preparing new sequels to its line of video games in which players tap along on guitar-shaped controllers in time to popular songs. Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero, a family-oriented version of the game with a soundtrack of Top 40 songs, will be joined by DJ Hero, which will use a new controller shaped like a record turntable. All three games are expected by the end of the year, as is an installment called Guitar Hero: Van Halen, which will focus on the music and influences of that California rock band.