The Music Game Genre is NOT Dying
sellout new Green Day: Rock Band coming out in May, many people on the internet have revived the "the music game genre is DYING!!!" sentiment going around. It started thanks to the over-saturation of the genre from Activision, releasing no more than five Guitar Hero games in the past year (Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, Guitar Hero: Metallica, and Guitar Hero: Smash Hits for those of you keeping score). Combine that with other developers' franchise updates (Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, The Beatles: Rock Band) and some new ventures (DJ Hero, Rock Band Unplugged) and, well, over-saturated begins to seem like an understatement.
However ridiculous the franchise milking may be, this over-saturation has nothing to do with the vitality of the genre. The original Guitar Hero originally skyrocketed the genre into popularity; it succeeded for both good mechanics and style. But the real reason it gained such popularity was from the excellent licensed soundtrack; few can disagree that combining the likes of Ozzy Osborne, Sum 41, Queen, and Judas Priest has broad, mainstream appeal.