Sunday, 2 January 2011

The Music Industry & Video Games - A Match Made In Heaven, Or Waiting To Sign For A Divorce?

Do you love listening to music? Maybe playing video games is more your thing? Either way, you can’t lose. Today, I want to highlight, and maybe question the relationship between the music industry and video gaming industry.

Is it a match made in heaven? Or a rollercoaster waiting to fall off its tracks? We are familiar with a few video games that bring the party to the house, like the Guitar Hero series, originally released in 2005 From Activison.

Guitar Hero, brings out the rock star in anyone who picks up that plastic guitar. Inspired by Slash and other rock legends. But wait, it doesn’t stop there, there are a few others in competition with Guitar Hero. DJ Hero, which made its first European realise in October 2009. Rock Band, made its appearance back in November 2008.

Finally, a new addition to the family, Ubisoft brings you Michael Jackson The Experience released in November 2010.

You can’t help, but ask yourself do these video games benefit the music industry? Well, you would think so right? All these artists are making a profit from their video games. I mean of course, it gives artists a chance to promote themselves, letting their star shine brighter then it already is.

But did you know the music industry is not a fan of these musical video games? Why? To put it simply, the music industry doesn’t get paid big bucks for the content it provides for these games.

Even though, these games solely depend on the industry to supply the musical content.

Walk This Way rock star, Areosmith lead singer Steven Tylor, once claimed that he made more money from Guitar Hero then they have from any album released.

So, what have we learned today? It maybe hard to believe, but the music industry isn’t in the mood to scratch its DJ decks, or even pick up a plastic guitar to rock out a party, it’s understandable.

There’s no harm in it for the individual it’s pure fun. So, it does have its uses by the sound of it, not only is it fun, but it has the power to make your imagination go wild!

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