Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

Free Video Game Book: Music Games Rock

It’s finally here!

Four years in the making, we’re proud to announce the release of our latest free video game book, Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time. Downloadable free at, the book is a complete guide to the music and rhythm gaming genre’s past, present and future, and explains the meteoric rise and fall of games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Charting hundreds of the field’s biggest hits and misses, it’s also available for iBooks and Kindle as a digitally distributed eBook, and you can additionally buy paperback copies now online as well. Our best book yet, you can find a complete description below, along with what the video game and music industries’ top critics have to say about it.

Lawsuits. Scandals. Billion-dollar payouts. Giant plastic Stratocasters.

Welcome to the weird, wild and whacked-out world of music video games – every bit as glorious and gonzo as the legendary bands and songs which have inspired its hard-partying ways.

Rocking its way to the top of the video game charts faster than any genre before, music and rhythm gaming had become a $1.7 billion industry and certified breakout hit by 2008. But despite heavyweight co-signs by acts like The Beatles and Metallica, inspiring millions of everyday fans and transforming the very face of pop culture, the genre had all but single-handedly sunk the game industry’s fortunes just a year later.

Chronicling the meteoric rise and fall (and rise again) of music video games, Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time is the first book to explore the field’s history, origins and most spectacular hits and flops. Offering an inside look at rhythm gaming’s hottest headliners and oddest one-hit wonders – including exclusive tour stories from the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band – it’s your backstage pass behind the scenes of the games industry’s hottest act.


  • Hundreds of Music Gaming’s Greatest Hits and Misses
  • The Making of Guitar Hero and Rock Band
  • Complete History: Music Games’ Past, Present and Future
  • Top Picks: Best, Worst and Weirdest Music and Rhythm Games
  • Software Timeline: Genre’s Hottest Smashes
  • Essays By Leading Video Game Critics
  • Did You Know: Insider Trivia and Facts

“Cementing gaming’s role in music’s evolution, Steinberg has done pop culture a laudable service.”

Nick Catucci, Rolling Stone

“Hits all the right notes – and some you don’t expect. A great account of the music game story so far!”
Mike Snider, USA Today

“An exhaustive compendia. Chocked full of fascinating detail…”
Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times

“It’ll make you want to celebrate by trashing a gaming unit the way Pete Townshend destroys a guitar.”

“I’ve never seen such a well-collected reference… it serves an important role in letting readers consider all sides of the music and rhythm game debate.”
Masaya Matsuura, Creator, PaRappa the Rapper

“A must read for the game-obsessed…”
Jermaine Hall, VIBE

About Scott Steinberg
Scott Steinberg is CEO of strategic consulting and product testing firm TechSavvy Global, and a noted keynote speaker and business expert. Hailed as a top tech expert and parenting guru by critics from USA Today to NPR, he’s also an on-air analyst for ABC, CBS and CNN.

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