Game Design Study: Music Games. Part I

Introduction Playing with melody and rhythm dates back to ancient times (and not meaning early 60's or so). Since people had developed first musical instruments and realized it's a great form of spending leisure time, music's expansion and evolution began. No wonder that the game industry took up the topic very early. First music games were developed in 1970s, for example Simon electronic game: source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/ From then, many electronic and video games came up, challenging people's sense of melody and rhythm. I'm not going to do here a history lesson, so I won't be going over games in completely chronological order. I'd rather categorize games into several subtypes based on distinctive features and draw some conclusions from it. We'll see how it goes. I'm all about the... rhythm First music gamesĀ revolved around the beat. In most cases the target was to press button at the right time, which was indicated by specific marker shown on the screen. The evolution of that idea went through a lot...
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