Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Rhythm Games

Rhythm games. Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, In the Groove, Karaoke Revolution, Singstar. You've probably heard of one or more of these games. So what makes them so fun? Well its the music. Its a bit different in each game, but deep down, the core of these games is how the player interacts with the music.

Everyone loves music, its just a matter of which kind of music you like. I happen to be a rock, metal, and electronica music lover. The first of these games that I ever played was Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). "I don't want to, I'll look stupid." I can't tell you how many times I've heard those words out of people before they play DDR. However, I always have this to say: "Everyone looks stupid when they play DDR... even me."

While DDR has your feet moving to the beat of the music, Guitar Hero is a whole other beast. DDR itself gives the player the satisfaction of a hard workout by the end of the song, but Guitar Hero gives you the feeling of making the music rather than just reacting to it. For those of you who have never played or seen it played, in Guitar Hero, a missed note means that you don't hear that part of the song. You've now been put into the shoes of the musician, and that is a magical feeling. To hear a song that you love or have grown to love played perfectly and know at the same time that you're the reason it was played so well is a powerful feeling. Many people joke around saying "People who play Guitar Hero think they can really play the guitar." From my experience however, the feeling makes sense even if its not true.

Rhythm games are fun, and even if you think you'll look "dumb" you really won't. The only thing that matters when you play a game is that has fun. So suck it up and have fun, because if someone can't see past how you look when you're doing something you love, they're not worth your time.

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