At long last, the state of the music game genre has returned to its’ true form, barely limping along with only a few truly hardcore still following it. All you wannabe rock stars, the middle school kids with nothing better to do but show off your “guitar” skills, I say…Good Riddance.
I don’t really blame you for the mutation that the music genre became. We all know it was greedy companies like Activision and Viacom who just wanted a piece of the pie that eventually soured everything. They made crap that could barely be called a game let alone a music one. They took the basic DNA of the rhythm genre and injected it into whatever cheerleader Disney shell they could get their hands on. Then they wanted to cash in on your limited and fleeting attention so they oversaturated the market. They built a business model off of creating overly priced plastic instruments and when the market couldn’t sustain itself, they dumped their developers.
Recently it was announced that there would be no Guitar Hero or DJ Hero games this year. It was also announced that there would be no Tony Hawk Game, but no one really cared about that. Activision also said that it would not support any more new DLC for their music games and after February, that was it.
I mentioned yesterday that Harmonix had been hit with layoffs. This is after Viacom, sold the company to Harmonix for a rumored fifty dollars. Harmonix now owned itself again. The reasoning behind this, Harmonix would also take over the debt currently owed, freeing Viacom from any financial obligation.
So what now? Is there no hope? Great music games come out but people don’t care? Harmonix makes one of the biggest and best improvements to the music genre and now they’re scrambling to stay afloat?
Like I said before. Farewell to all you music game players from this generation. To be honest, you annoyed me quite a bit with your licensed only rock music, your too hip attitude, and the ease at which you dropped a genre dear to me. But this isn’t the first time. Dance Dance Revolution was the thing when I first started college. You’d see people lined up at the college arcades. There would be excitement when the newest Mix came from Japan. But you don’t see any of that anymore, do you?
But the genre will find a way. The splinters from the pieces of will group together and form something new. I’ve survived this long because I didn’t let the opinions of others stop me. I kept doing my thing because I enjoyed it. I kept playing even when there weren’t people around watching, clapping, cheering. Because I loved it. I might not be able to play an instrument, but I am a musician. I can work any plastic controller you hand me. My eyes listen as good as my ears. And sometimes, I let my feet do the talking.
So I guess I’ll see you around.
Maybe it’ll be when the next generation of music games arrives.
Or maybe we won’t see you again at all.