Is the scrolling note music game fad over (DJ Hero)?


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In 2006 and 2007, scrolling-note music games (Guitar Hero and Rock Band) were all the rage. Adults were actually playing them at social parties where a video game is normally unheard of and every parent had to have one of these things for their kids. They were hot.

Today, that fad is over. DJ Hero looks like a great product, yet it is a sales flop. People are blaming the pricing and marketing… That’s all wrong. That stuff matters, but the biggest issue is that most people just don’t care about scrolling note music games any more. Sure, there are some latecomers just now joining last year’s (or two years ago’s) fad, and there are many enthusiasts who want more of the same (like Beatles Rock Band), but the masses have moved on.

Same thing with cartoon mascot platformers or falling block puzzle games or GTA or car racing simulators. The games kept getting better at what they did while the public zeitgest grew bored with them and moved on to something newer.

Games have to strike while the iron is hot. Timing is often more important than quality. Look at GTA clones: True Crime, Driv3r, and Scarface. The first two were horrible, horrible games that shipped right at the peak of the fad and got tons of excitement and sales. The third was a polished, well executed game that shipped after the public was tired of that fad and the game was largely ignored.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Kicks on November 18th, 2009 [ 559 Points ]

    I actually wanted to try DJ Hero, but just don’t know where to store the controller for it :)
    My family room already looks like a game den, but that would ice the cake. I may check it out when my local Sam’s Club puts it on clearance for $60 or less

  2. #2 by Royalty32 on November 18th, 2009

    The article is rite up my alley. Ima guy who likes to play these rythme games at a bestbuy or gamestop but i will not buy one at all. I think they need to do a complete overhaul like tony hawks ride. if it was me i would let player make there own music.

  3. #3 by Trev on November 18th, 2009 [ 26623 Points ]

    great article darrin, i never liked these music games. maybe i don’t like being told what to do as that seems to be all that these games do; press this button in time with the icon. that’s it? where’s the fun? i’d rather buy the real music and listen to that whilst i play a more involving game. as for scarface that just came out too late in the PS2’s lifecycle for me to get. TC and Driv3r were terrible.

  4. #4 by Royalty32 on November 18th, 2009

    Trev u are so correct. Driv3r was TERRIBLE but i actually did like TC:LA and NY. There so many music games out right now it is to much for a gamer to be happy with just one so they jus dont buy any at all becuase they might feel like they are gettin screwed witth the choice they pick. Im fine with AC2, U2 and MW2.

  5. #5 by Darrin on November 18th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Every game “tells you what to do” at some level. When you practice a real instrument, the song book “tells you what to do”.

    I like real music instruments better than music games, because you get more of a direct connection to the physical dexterity and auditory experience. Music video games make that experience easier, less frustrating, and more accessible, but the experience loses a lot of the reward along with that.

    This fantasy that regular people want to “express themselves” by creating unique music is ridiculous. Our society doesn’t want regular people to do that. Regular people are supposed to pride themselves in their real life careers, not as entertainers or public personas.

    Games, movies, and other entertainment are good ways to excite and stimulate and allow people to mentally experience and explore. But, when people want to achieve something in life, they are better served by careers, academics, or hobbies.

  6. #6 by Jonaskin on November 18th, 2009

    I loved GH3 and Rock Band 1 and 2 on my PS3 (never got into the original GH games on PS2) and I want to try DJ Hero, but all the other music games (particularly anything in the GH series beyond GH3) is fail IMO.

  7. #7 by Smegmazor on November 18th, 2009

    Darrin, I agree with you. As a Guitarist, I’ve always found these types of games to be geared towards people with no musical background whatsoever. Though the games can be challenging, I don’t have any desire to want to learn how to get good at them.

    I think we’re in the age where a software developer could team up with a company like Line 6 and create a true music game using a USB guitar, keyboard, violin, etc… I’d love to see this idea happen.

  8. #8 by fleakitten on November 18th, 2009 [ 26489 Points ]

    I blame Activision. DJ Hero,Band Hero, Drum Hero, 3 Guitar Heroes a year.

    Milk is good but too much will drown you..

  9. #9 by JimmyMagnum on November 18th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    Beatles Rock Band is actually pretty good. I mean, it doesn’t advance the genre any in terms of gameplay, but the way it’s stylized is awesome because it reflects the music and songs.

    IMO, Rock Band will always be the best series. And apparently, Rock Band 3 is in the works and they’re working with George Harrison’s son to try to make more realistic instruments so you can actually learn how to actually play.

    In any case, the games are more made for fun with friends and for parties. A lot of people also play them because of the challenge (not to mention a lot of people started actually playing real instruments because of the games).

    As far as comparing sales between games, DJ Hero is more aimed at a specific group of people, because Rock music is far more mainstream than hip hop and rap and all that (mainly due to the huge expanse of genres). Not to mention, Activision loses a lot of its thunder releasing 3 games in one year (Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero (which consisted of a lot of pop songs), and DJ Hero) whereas, EA and MTV Games are far more polished with 1 game this year being Beatles Rock Band (albeit, in order to really enjoy the game, you’d have to be a Beatles fan lol).

    Anyway, if you look at it, every genre is then a fad, so there will probably be a time when gaming itself would have been considered a long-forgotten fad. Until then, though, I’ll probably still pick up one of these games if it has a good track list (lots and lots of classic rock) every once in a while. As long as they keep making them, people will keep buying them. Look at the FPS market.

  10. #10 by Cpotey on November 20th, 2009

    They’ve milked all these games now. I don’t mind buying the new game when they come out if they’ve got decent songs but they’ve mostly pretty rubbish now like in GH5 there was Ring of Fire… I mean come on!

    They need to make one where you store mp3s on the HDD and it makes a track out of the mp3.

    I really don’t want any more instruments though now!

  11. #11 by Ste on December 28th, 2009

    I don’t think the fad is over at all! I played DJ Hero for the first time yesterday and it was so good that even though i started playing at 7:30, the next time I looked at the clock it was 3:30am! Definitely a very addictive game, you should all but it.

  12. #12 by Walter on March 17th, 2010

    I’m just getting bored of all the games that are coming out in general…they need to come up with something really unique to keep me entertained, I dunno maybe I’m just getting old lol StarCraft 2 should be a treat though.

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