Music Toys? Music Games? Who Cares, They're Free And You Can Play Them…

The folks at DinahMoe production house have created a couple of whimsical music games that you should definitely mess around with.

The first is Plink, a multiplayer toy where players can hop into rooms and experiment with different sounds. You interact with Plink by clicking and dragging your mouse—very simple… » 5/10/12 7:30pm 5/10/12 7:30pm

The Rise of the New Music Games

Since well before Kotaku » 3/22/12 8:00pm 3/22/12 8:00pm Melodic, I've been writing about and keeping an eye on musical video games. Whenever I talk about "music games," people tend to think of the same kinds of things—plastic musical instrument peripherals and dance pads, , and .

This Game Puts You Inside a Gigantic Synthesizer

It took me a long time to understand synthesizers. When I was a kid, I would often think of a synthesizer as being more or less the same thing as an electric piano—wasn't a Rhodes or a Wurlitzer basically just a synthesizer?

No, in fact—a synthesizer, like a Moog or a Yamaha CS-15, is much more complicated and… » 2/23/12 9:00pm 2/23/12 9:00pm

Create Your Own Musical Villages With the Lovely Isle of Tune HD

Take one part Sim City, one part Rock Band, and one part music sequencer and you've pretty much got Isle of Tune, which was released today for the iPad. It's not quite a "game," but it's still totally cool enough to merit consideration for our Gaming App of the Day. » 10/07/11 11:00am 10/07/11 11:00am

The Worst Music Video Games Ever

Music games aren't what they used to be, and in some cases, the world is safer for that. Video game expert Scott Steinberg and author of the new digital book "Music Games Rock", tells us what the seven worst music video games of all time are. » 9/26/11 12:00pm 9/26/11 12:00pm

Leaked Activision Memo: There's Just No 'Appetite' For Guitar Hero Now,…

Publisher Activision put its Guitar Hero business on ice earlier this year, signaling the end of a genre that was once white hot, but quickly flamed out. Why did Activision just bail on this formerly billion dollar business instead of taking it in a radical new direction? » 4/22/11 5:40pm 4/22/11 5:40pm

The Next Hit Music Game is Already Out There on Facebook

French developer MXP4 says they want you to "play with your music." They just launched Bopler Games, a set of classic games on Facebook with an added musical slant. To play, choose a song from the Bopler library, (which features an inordinate amount of 80s pop) choose a game, and go. The kicker is that each of the… » 4/18/11 9:30pm 4/18/11 9:30pm

Music Games Will Make A Comeback, But How Is A Mystery

Rock Band and Guitar Hero aren't the sensations they used to be. That doesn't mean they're bad. Not Rock Band 3. But they're not the cultural phenomenons they once were. That's temporary, according to a man who should know. » 11/30/10 3:00pm 11/30/10 3:00pm

How Multiplayer Kinect Dancing Works

Dance Central, the body-controlled dancing game from the makers of Rock Band, has multiplayer. It's no Kinect Adventures multiplayer where you'd be standing side-by-side, in a gesture vs. gesture frenzy. No. It does dance battles. You take turns. » 8/19/10 6:40pm 8/19/10 6:40pm

Rock Band 3, Just How Big Is It?

Music game maestros Harmonix have already promised to "innovate and revolutionize the music genre" with Rock Band 3, but even in the face of that hyperbole, the designers believe "you'll be surprised at just how big this game really is." » 5/19/10 9:30pm 5/19/10 9:30pm

New Game Riffs On Guitar Hero, With A Real Electric Guitar

There are strings on the newly-unveiled Power Gig guitar, which is coming, with a brand-new music game to video game systems this fall. But you won't have to be Jimi Hendrix to play it. » 3/09/10 8:00am 3/09/10 8:00am

Activision Narrows Music Focus To Guitar And DJ Hero

Having released 25 different rhythm game SKUs in 2009, Activision narrows the focus in 2010, with only a new Guitar Hero and DJ Hero 2 slated for release in 2010. » 2/10/10 5:30pm 2/10/10 5:30pm

Band Hero DS Braces For The Skeptics, Offers A Lot

They know some gamers will groan. But they're confident: you just need to try it. "It" is not Guitar Hero 5 DS, which you might have expected this fall. There's no such thing. Enter Band Hero DS. » 7/23/09 1:00pm 7/23/09 1:00pm

All Metal Music Game Being Forged

Not enough metal for you in Guitar Hero and Rock Band? How about a music game that is completely metal? Visual effect consultants EBT3 Creations and talent management company Indevent USA have formed a new multi-media company called Reign Productions, and their first project is said to be a multi-million dollar video… » 11/14/08 11:40am 11/14/08 11:40am

Rolling Stone's 50 Best Rock And Roll Video Games

Rolling Stone's list of The 50 Best Rock & Roll Video Games of all time starts off well enough, but as you can see by the image accompanying this post, things quickly start to go downhill. The fact that they had to include Spice World for the PlayStation, Britney's Dance Beat and the original 50 Cent title in their… » 11/10/08 12:20pm 11/10/08 12:20pm

Yes, I Really Did Watch A Guy Play Boogie Superstar

Girls, girls, girls. No, it's not a Vegas review, it's the target audience for EA's Wii title Boogie SuperStar, which was announced yesterday. I swung by EA's New York press event yesterday, too, where the game was on display, and I took a look at it. » 6/27/08 3:20pm 6/27/08 3:20pm

Survey: One Third Of Gamers Buy Music Game Songs

Have you bought a song or album because of Guitar Hero or Rock Band? Jacobs Media, a radio consulting company did a survey that found one third of players buy songs from the games, calling music video games "game changers" for rock music. » 6/12/08 12:20pm 6/12/08 12:20pm