powergig guitar

So when I found this I felt the need to share.I was having a chat to a Mr @JadeDsantos the other day, & we were having a bit of a chuckle about folks who now rekon they can strum like Jimi Hendrix because of their skills on Guitar Hero. Well now is there chance to prove it.

Seven45 Studios will be releasing a music game that actually lets players strum a real six-string electric guitar instead of tapping buttons on a fake instrument for an alternative guitar gaming experience.

“Power Gig: Rise of the SixString” is a game first and foremost. But its maker, Seven45 Studios, said players will be able to plug the guitar that comes with it into a standard amp and play real music and vice versa with their current instruments.

“The leap to (playing) guitar will be seamless,” said Jeff Walker, vice president of marketing at Seven45.

Games such a “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” soared to popularity over the past several years. But lately they’ve been stagnating, people are just not that keen to shell out big bucks for the fake musical instruments needed to play the games.

Seven45 hopes “Power Gig” will entice gamers ready for a new challenge, an experience way closer to the jamming on  a real instrument than strapping on a plastic “Rock Band” accessory and aimlessly tapping buttons. Big bonus:  Seven45 shares owners with musical instrument maker First Act; they are working together to make the game.

The game has a “beat-matching” mode where players must follow on-screen beat sequences with their instruments. Players of “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” will be familiar with this.

In a challenge that comes closer to playing an actual guitar, “Power Gig” players hit specific strings to produce chords for real guitar gaming.

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Boston-based Seven45, which introduced “Power Gig” at last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, hasn’t announced a price, but said it will cost around the same as existing music games, which now cost as little as $70 and as much as $200 for a limited edition: “The Beatles: Rock Band” bundle.

It will be available in the fall for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The “Power Gig” guitar will work with existing “Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero” games as well.

Now this sounds siiiick. I knew there was a reason I didn’t buy “Rock band” or “Guitar Hero”