Video Games and the Arts: Like Two Peas in a PlayStation

A musician discussing the video game Guitar Hero on the radio a few months back mentioned that he thought his son could be an amazing musician if he spent even half as much time practicing the guitar that he spent playing Guitar Hero. More and more arts-related video games are being put on the market, but how do we harness this love of gaming into a life-long interest in these art forms? Here are some cool ideas:

Easy Piano for Nintendo DS:
Game description: “Play using the keyboard, or unplug and use a stylus. Master songs in Quick Game mode to earn new tunes. Compose and save up to three of your own songs. Replay your compositions using different instruments. Learn to read music from a cool instructor. Unlock new outfits, pianos, and venues. Choose a higher difficulty level when you need a challenge. Practice different musical skills with 10 mini-games.”

Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii:
Game description: “Dance on Broadway is the Wii dance game that puts you center stage performing some of the biggest Broadway hits right at home. Dance, sing, and act to hit songs from your favorite musical performances, like ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, ‘Fame’, and ‘Luck Be A Lady’- just to name a few. Play requires only one Wii Remote per player allowing you to challenge up to three friends or family members in four-player battles for the lead in 20 Broadway hits. Get your jazz hands ready for Dance on Broadway.”
(Check out the New York Times article “A Video Game on Broadway, With Taps, Too” for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this game!)

Video game concerts:
“These days, a lot of people in the classical music world are worried that kids aren’t connecting with orchestral music. But the music of video games is emerging as one way orchestras may actually be reaching new audiences.” Click here to read the rest of this Washington Post article, “Video-Game Concerts, a Movement That’s More than a Blip on Orchestral Landscape.”

A Broadway Dance version of a number from “The Sound of Music.” Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

One response to “Video Games and the Arts: Like Two Peas in a PlayStation

  1. The new Rock Band has modes that are supposed to replicate actual playing of an instrument. It’s sort of cool and sort of bizarre:

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