Why music video games aren’t dead

Music video games such as Activision Blizzard’s Guitar Hero and Electronic Arts/MTV/Harmonix’s Rock Band were among gaming’s fastest-growing sectors a few years ago, soaring to become a $1.7 billion business by 2008. But after a 46-percent sales crash in 2009, they become a cautionary tale and fodder for endless jokes describing “the day the music died.”

MXP4’s Bopler Games targets social music gaming on Facebook

About half of Facebook’s top fan pages are related to music. And games are huge on the social network. So it was only a matter of time before someone attacked the opportunity for social music games on Facebook.

Just Dance 2 breaks the music game curse with 5M units sold

Music games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band once lit up the charts of video game sales. But then they plunged into an abyss as gamers got tired of the stale content. Fortunately for Ubisoft, gamers only tired of the games that were duds, not all music games.

Viacom ditches Rock Band, Dance Central after selling off music game developer Harmonix

When Viacom decided to sell music game developer Harmonix, it was a pretty good indication that it didn’t think Harmonix was doing a good job spurring innovation in the genre. But now it’s clear Viacom has no confidence in the music game genre as a whole, as Harmonix will retain the rights to its Rock Band and Dance Central intellectual property after being sold off.