Game Vortex writes: "The rise of the band-genre in the video gaming industry has been nothing short of meteoric. Though pre-dated by a few games, the ascent in popularity of these games really began with Konami's BeatMania series (1997). This series included several popular titles such as Dance Dance Revolution and GuitarFreaks. In 2005, RedOctane released the first Guitar Hero, a game heavily influenced by GuitarFreaks. Early iterations of these games included a guitar-shaped controller for players to use, helping greatly with the immersion factor."