Controller Crusade Roundtable: Whatever Happened to Rhythm Games?


Controller Crusade Roundtable: Whatever Happened to Rhythm Games?

Hey everyone, and welcome to another Controller Crusade Roundtable discussion. Every Friday our team of writers tackle a different gaming topic or question, and the question this week is “Whatever happened to rhythm games?”. Let’s see what our Controller Crusade staff thinks happened to the genre that suddenly fell off the map.

Josh’s Thoughts: It was an extremely fun trend while it lasted, but I feel that it was spread way too thin. When Guitar Hero and Rock Band first burst onto the scene it was a massive hit, but after a while my countless instrument peripherals just began to collect dust. The franchises tried to be reinvented with games like Guitar Hero Aerosmith and Beatles Rock Band, but it was a little too late, although I thoroughly enjoyed Green Day Rock Band. I think people would much rather play games like Rocksmith now, that way they can actually learn to play an actual guitar instead of having a house full of fake plastic ones.


Justin’s Thoughts: The bottom just fell out on the market thanks to the flood of music games that Activision and EA threw at us.  Between multiple versions of Guitar Hero releasing every year along with it’s spinoffs, and a yearly cycle for Rock Band and it’s spinoffs – it was all just too much.  Too many plastic instruments and games that were essentially the same thing just turned everyone off the entire concept.  It’s a genre I miss but I can see why they’re no longer making them.

That’s a wrap on this edition of Controller Crusade Roundtable. As always we love when our readers join in on the discussion, so let us know what you think happened to the rhythm game genre. Also if you have any questions that you would like our team to answer for next week, let us know! Check back next week, and each and every Friday for more Controller Crusade Roundtable Discussions.

About Josh Gilbert

Josh is the Co-founder and a Senior Writer for Controller Crusade, and loves all things related to video games. He is a retro games collector trying to recapture his childhood one game at a time, and he also has a major dude crush on Nathan Drake. You can contact him via email at or on Twitter @joshgilbert11.

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