Posts Tagged "Music Games"

The State of Modern Music Games

The State of Modern Music Games

It’s no secret that sales of music video games hardware have been on the decline for several years (although industry executives claim that sales of software and digital song downloads are actually on the rise). Naturally, this presents a challenge for the makers of popular franchises like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, even as presents opportunities for a wave of newcomers from Def Jam Rapstar to Linkin Park Revenge. Rather than stick with the previous excuse...

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Music Games Hit a Sour Note

Music Games Hit a Sour Note

Contemporary music video games have failed us. A genre with plenty of untapped potential has devolved from games with plots and quirky characters/graphical elements to a genre stripped down to colored symbols, and heavy reliance on turn-a-quick-buck DLC. And it’s infinitely frustrating. I love Guitar Hero/Rock Band/ DJ Hero as much as the next guy who’s always held fantasies of wearing tight jeans, lace, and some form of animal print, but whenever I see...

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The New Definition of Video Games

The New Definition of Video Games

When it comes to critics and the video game industry, sometimes, you have to draw a line in the virtual sand. Case in point: Our recent column for CNN entitled What Does ‘Video Game’ Mean, Anyway?, which explains why it’s ludicrous to look to falling retail sales as some sort of canary in a coal mine indicating that the hobby is on the decline, or worse… destined for extinction. The reason why? More people are playing video games than ever...

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Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Gaming’s Past, Present and Future

Video games in their current state are not at all representative of video games as they were in their nascent form. The evolution of video games to where they are now shows unprecedented growth in production values and the quantity of creative people required to build almost any game that has a chance to survive the retail marketplace. Only a percentage of games these days are made in a way similar to the days when the roles of producer, designer and programmer...

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A New Way to Experience Games

A New Way to Experience Games

Apple’s trendy iTunes App Store is no stranger to music games, but the latest download for iPhone and iPod touch is the first that doesn’t require sight whatsoever. Aurifi ($1.99; aurifi.com) from UK’s Punk Pie is billed as the first ever audio-only game, allowing players to interact with the content by moving the device around according to the audible instructions, music and sound effects. The iPhone and iPod touch’s integrated...

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