This has to be the worst argument I have heard yet... "HMX, pay Activision so we can spend our money on Activisions' product so we don't have to spend it on your product"...Now that the story has unraveled, it seems to me that the ball is in Harmonix's court. It's Harmonix's responsibility to get this patch through, not Activision's. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely despise what Activision is doing, but, let's face it, they have the right to do what they're doing. Harmonix must've seen the possibility of this happening when they launched the game. They knew darn well the Les Paul didn't work at launch date.
I will be extremely upset with Harmonix if they don't give Activision what they want (or at least negotiate to make them happy) because it would lead me to believe that Harmonix expects us consumers to pay another $40+ on a second Rock Band guitar (which, I think a lot of us would agree, is not as good as GH3's Les Paul guitar). If Harmonix makes us buy another RB guitar, then in my mind they're guilty of the same crime Activision is committing: Not putting the consumers first. Harmonix says that they're getting the Fender Stratocaster guitars on the shelves as soon as possible, but they don't acknowledge the fact that we've all already paid $160+ already and will have to pay even more! Harmonix has two options: 1) Pay Activision, and make the consumers happy or 2) Wait until after Christmas and make consumers buy their brand guitar; thereby putting a chip on their consumers' shoulders and making themselves richer.
I believe Harmonix when they say they want to make their consumers happy (much more so than Activision), I really do. However, they have to realize that making us buy their guitar is not what we consumers want!
Sure, Harmonix may have to pay the evil Activision, but think about what message that will send to consumers? It would say that Harmonix cared so much for their consumers that they were willing to put aside their profits and pride for us. That is something that consumers, especially in our demographic (young music lovers), will not forget. Harmonix would make us happy, win our love and loyalty, and most importantly, make us hate Activision even more.
So, c'mon Harmonix. In the long run, you know its the right thing to do. Don't turn into another Activision by making us buy your product. Give us our "choice" that you (read hmxowlbear's original announcement) say you believe we should have.
Huh? Are you serious?