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Stick a Fork in it: Plastic Instrument Fad is (and has been) Done

Hardcore Gamer: After five years of releasing rock-based rhythm games and several releasing content for them, they're finally coming to an end. Once heralded as one of the five must-buy game genres of the generation, they winded up being nothing more than a fad.

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OneAboveAll1225d ago

Still, had some of the best times playing these games with friends.

darthv721225d ago

some pretty hardcore guitar hero and rock band players out there. I know that sounds strange but hey, i can remember when DDR was THE thing and there would be competitions at arcades with actual prizes.

As far as the plastic instruments goes...I must admit that i do have a gene simmons battle axe shaped guitar for my PS3 that also works on the PS2. It is supported in both guitar hero and rock band. It felt better to play with than the stock ones you get with the games.

I can also recall in an interview with Slash that he said real guitar heroes play real guitars. This was before he was featured in GHIII I believe. But thanks to these kinds of games, my son has picked up a real guitar and has done quite well for himself.

So these games can influence real talent in people.

LOL_WUT1225d ago

"But thanks to these kinds of games, my son has picked up a real guitar and has done quite well for himself."

Thats awesome dude.

I'd also like to add that it not only gives someone the urge to play a real instrument but, it exposes them to all these types of bands that otherwise some wouldn't even know they existed.

Yodagamer1225d ago

I'd like to see a return, but unfortunately activision killed it off for anybody who tried to be innovative with the formula ala harmonics.

Jek_Porkins1225d ago

They over-saturated a niche game, and it wouldn't have been so bad, but there were multiple knock offs that came around and even two games in the same series in the same year. I think people just kind of got sick of it.

Had there just been Rockband every two years or Guitar Hero every two years, it would have done well, and would probably still be going strong.

I do think we'll see it, or something like it again one day.

NBT911225d ago

One day? Didn't Rocksmith only just release not long ago?
I do agree with your main point though, it's the same reason some gamers are a bit fed up with COD and generic military FPS, (those who didn't just jump on the hate bandwagon at least) it isn't that the games are bad, it's just there are too many.

FarCryLover1821225d ago

They'll be back in a few years.

3 Guitar Hero games in one year killed the GH franchise.

MasterD9191225d ago

Activision should come out with their own brand of milk since they are quite familiar with it.

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