Son of Liberty
This is coming at pretty much no surprise to me. When the First Guitar Hero dropped it was a very unique game, a corner of the Video Gaming market that hadnt been tapped like that since the Glory days of Duckhunt and the Nintendo Zapper.There are no calls for an encore and lighters remain in pockets. Video gamers seem to have had their fill of the genre made famous by Guitar Hero and Rock Band, causing the music-game category to take a massive sales hit in 2009. Even with The Beatles: Rock Band's guaranteed fan base and the innovative controls in DJ Hero, strumming and scratching along to scrolling discs has worn out their welcome this year almost as quickly as auto-tune.
Speaking with Reuters last week, Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicted the music-game genre to crawl to $700 million in 2009 -- roughly half of what music games collectively earned in 2008. The main reason for this drop, Pachter suggests, is the saturation of the market and customers being overwhelmed by the number of titles.
Video Gamers Have Quit the Band - Yahoo! Finance
In my Opinion the Music-Games met their end the moment "Rockband" was released. Rockband not only showed that Guitar Hero's unique concept could be duplicated...but it could be expanded on in less unique ways. Next thing you know we've got 5 guitar hero games, 2 Rock band games, a "DJ" Hero version, and countless others that I could give a flying fuck about... the market has finally been tapped to the max.
Its about time Gamers started dropping that clunky pile of plastic and picking up the regular controllers.