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Power Gig

Wow. PowerGig:

Release Date October 2010
Platforms PS3 + 360
Price (from Amazon) $180 for the game and the Six String Guitar. $230 for the game, guitar, and Air Drum Kit.
Guitar This is a real six string electric guitar that you can hook up to a standard amp and play without the game.
Drums You make drumming motions with drum sticks above sensors without actual contact. Obviously, this eliminates unwanted noise, but also eliminates the tacticle rebound and feedback of striking a drum pad.
Compatibility These claim to offer instrument compatability with Guitar Hero and Rock Band. You should be able to use Power Gig controllers with those games, and use controllers from those games with Power Gig.

Clearly, the guitar experience is far more realistic than the colored button guitar controllers of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The strike-free air drums may be less realistic however.

I have a few questions:

  • Will the guitar skills learned from the game translate into actual electric guitar skill? How well?
  • Learning a real instrument can be very frustrating. Will this be frustrating? Will it teach you real skill? Can you do the latter without the former?
  • Will this realistic guitar be as much fun as the fake game button guitars?
  • Was the public’s desire for music games just a fad that has ended? Will this just be a niche?
  • Why do music games have to be wrapped in these corny “rocker” stereotypes? Does anyone find this appealing? I’d imagine that 30+ players would find it an annoying mockery of the icons of their youth and the younger player would find it to be stale and irrelevant.