Since Guitar Hero’s popularity in 2005, the environment for the music genre of video games has grown tremendously. However, the overall market is looking oversaturated with the main players (Rock Band and Guitar Hero) essentially just releasing the same game with different songs. Surely, there are ways to incorporate music and video games without playing the same song (metaphorically speaking) over and over again. Seven45 Studios may have the game to revitalize the music genre: Power Gig.
Power Gig: Rise of the SixString aims to invigorate the music scene by challenging players. Their most notable innovations lie in the instruments: an actual six-string electric guitar and AirStrike drums. The guitar controller is a real, fully-functional electric guitar, giving gamers a more realistic feel than the controllers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The AirStrike drums are odd in that you don’t actually have a drum kit in front of you (i.e., you don’t see it). Instead, the drums utilize infrared technology to sense where your sticks are. The point of the infrared sensors is to hear the actual sound of drums in the game rather than hearing drumsticks hit plastic.
The good folks at VentureBeat were able to get their hands on Power Gig for a little while. To read about their experience, click here.
Though I am still skeptical about the AirStrike drums, the guitar controller has definitely captured my interest. I’m interested in how this will be priced. A fully functioning electric guitar with a game must come at a cost, right? Despite my lack of interest in Guitar Hero and Rock Band as of late, I’m interested in what Power Gig has to offer.