Is the music-rhythm genre of gaming obsolete?

The music-rhythm genre used to be one of the most popular video game preferences for casual gamers mainly because it was something that was unique throughout the 2000’s and 2010’s decades. As many people know the Dance Dance Revolution was very popular during the 00’s its inclusion of indie dance soundtracks from artists around the world. The DDR series began to die out around the late 00’s-early 10’s due to the rise in popularity of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band video game series. It seems like both Guitar Hero and Rock Band reached their respective peaks in popularity between the late 00’s and early 10’s especially considering the fact that players could learn how to play music with their friends on various consoles like PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. The campaign modes and the online multiplayer modes for Guitar Hero during its peak years from ’09-’12 were awesome and it actually blew games within the Just Dance and Dance Central series out of the water. However, as it relates to longevity the Just Dance series has stood the test of time considering the fact that Guitar Hero and Rock Band series are pretty much dead at this point. Guitar Hero Live from 2015 ended up falling below many people’s expectations mainly because its inclusion of micro-transactions along with the game’s online servers shutting down abruptly in early 2018. The latest Rock Band game that we saw was the VR title which was exclusively for Microsoft Windows for Oculus Quest users. The last main console entry that we saw from Rock Band was back in 2015 when RB4 was released. When it comes down to music many people have more options and outlets as it relates to entertainment. Today, people would rather use platforms like Soundcloud and Spotify to elevate themselves as indie artists opposed to pretending they are one through video games. Its seems social media may have indirectly played a role in the downfall of the music-rhythm genre in terms of popularity along with the fact that modern day music is not a great as the hits and oldies from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s decades. To say that the music genre of gaming in general is obsolete would seem like an understatement nowadays mainly because casual prefer genres that involve RPG, shooter and action-adventure gameplay.

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