In Brief

Music games have primarily focuses their gameplay mechanics on performing set songs, but now games let players make their own sweet music.

When most people think of music games, the ones that come to mind either involve banging on plastic instruments (Guitar Hero, Rock Band), dancing (DDR, Dance Central), or brutally timed button-pressing (Parappa the Rapper, Space Channel 5). But there are a slew of recent and upcoming games out there that use music in ways that eschew memorization trials and occasionally even put players in the role of producer. These games call into question how we define “music games” and whether the label should be expanded or qualified.

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