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 www.MusicGamesRock.com, 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...read more
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Is the instrument-based music and rhythm game genre dead and stone-cold stiff? “Yes!” cries the Internet collective. “No!” says Harmonix, who recently revealed that although there would be no Rock Band 4 in 2011, the series had generated 100 million song downloads, and still attracts one million online shoppers to play and buy downloadable songs each month. Though Activision put down the Guitar Hero franchise for a long nap last fall,...read more
Attaching the name of a famous musician or band to a music game is a good way to draw people into buying the title. In fairness, it’s also a good way to repel people from the game if they’re not fans of the lady or gentleman on the box. Either way, an endorsement from a celebrity artist gets people talking about the game in question, and that’s pretty important if you want your titles to catch an eyeball or three in a busy market. Here are ten of...read more
We go through long stretches of pop culture history wherein music tends to sound manufactured, but occasionally something different catches our ears. The same can be said for video games based on music: We have the likes of Guitar Hero, which is a fun game to be sure, but as bizarre as damp moss. If you peer under the carpet of the music game genre, however, you’ll find some interesting alternatives brooding in the darkness. Here are seven of the weirdest...read more
It’s difficult to get a solid consensus about the state of music games in the post-Guitar Hero era. Some people insist that music and rhythm games were around long before instrument-based video games became a phenomenon, and so they’ll continue to exist in some form. Others believe that music games have had it. Still more, particularly younger players, believe that the music gaming genre went to go live with a nice man on a farm. Really though, what...read more