God gave rock ‘n’ roll to you. Also, video games (or maybe the credit for that goes to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto). The union of video games and music is a sacred bond that has since spawned the rhythm game genre, one of the most successful gaming and entertainment categories of all time. But like any marriage, the long and fruitful relationship that music and video games have enjoyed together has been anything but...read more
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The Weinstein Company recently announced the assembly of TWC Games. The new division will reportedly brew up video games based on popular Weinstein Company TV and movie properties including Scream, Halloween, and Hellraiser. The venture has been met with some skepticism. When we talk about games based on movies (or vice-versa), we cringe automatically. “Sorry, but TWC is doomed from the start,” writes James Brightman from IndustryGamers. Given the piles...read more
Video gaming is a bit of a misfit activity. Though it’s slowly gaining acceptance as an ideal family pastime, it has yet to shake off the bits of bad press that cling to it like barnacles. Gaming seems to always wind up being mentioned in the same breath as a school shooting, or rising instances of childhood obesity and diabetes. As a result, some parents might be a little shocked when they learn that you let your kids play games. You may as well suggest that...read more
Music and video games go well together. Most electronic games require some degree of movement to play, whether it be your fingers or your entire body. Music likewise requires movements, whether subtle or grand, to produce a groovin’ sound. Rhythm games therefore came into being long before Guitar Hero was a gleam in Harmonix’s eye. Here’s a quick rundown of the titles that helped shape the course of console-based music and rhythm game history, and...read more
Dive into your personal history and ask yourself: When was the last time you frequented an Internet cafe? The answer might surprise you. Though Internet cafes seem like a relic of the late ’90s–a time when home computer ownership wasn’t a given, and a fast, reliable Internet connection was even less likely–they’re still a frequent sight on the streets of any major city. How has the seemingly antiquated Internet cafe clung to life?...read more