“ Cementing gaming’s role in music’s evolution, Steinberg has done pop culture a laudable service.”
Nick Catucci, Rolling Stone
SEATTLE, WA (September 26, 2011) – Available immediately, new book Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time by Scott Steinberg explores the meteoric rise and fall of the music video game genre, and its greatest hits and misses. Featuring hundreds of music gaming’s best, worst and weirdest smashes, including exclusive behind-the-scenes tour stories from the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, readers can enjoy paperback, iBooks, Kindle and free downloadable editions now at www.MusicGamesRock.com.
Partying its way to success faster than any genre before and leaving an indelible mark on pop culture, music and rhythm gaming had become a $1.7 billion juggernaut by 2008, only to crash and burn just a year later, single-handedly taking the game industry’s fortunes with it. Hailed as “a must-read” by today’s top music and technology critics, Music Games Rock – the first book to explore the field’s triumph and tragedy – ably covers where music gaming is going, and has been, via full-color photos and in-depth looks at dozens of landmark titles. From the arcade and pre-Atari 2600 era to groundbreaking new software for the iPhone, Facebook and Xbox 360 Kinect, featured articles and essays chronicle the field’s leading lights and trends, including its surprise and often shocking origins.
Offering an inside look at rhythm gaming’s hottest headliners and wildest one-hit wonders, including groundbreaking collaborations with The Beatles, Metallica and Aerosmith, the volume provides fans a backstage pass behind the scenes of the games industry’s hottest act. Additional features include a full software timeline, insider trivia and facts, and a foreword by Alex Rigopulos, co-founder and CEO of leading music game developer Harmonix. Available now at all major retailers including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, or online from Lulu.com, Music Games Rock: Rhythm Gaming’s Greatest Hits of All Time can also be downloaded free at www.MusicGamesRock.com.
Praise for MUSIC GAMES ROCK
“Hits all the right notes, and some you don’t expect. A great account of the story so far!”
- Mike Snider, USA Today
“An exhaustive compendia… Chocked full of fascinating detail.”
- Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
“A must-read for the game-obsessed…”
- Jermaine Hall, VIBE
About the Author
Scott Steinberg is the CEO of technology and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global, and one of today’s most sought-after business keynote speakers, industry analysts and expert witnesses. Hailed as a top technology and video game expert by dozens of publications from USA Today to Forbes and NPR, he’s covered business, entertainment and consumer trends for 400+ outlets from Playboy to Rolling Stone. A frequent on-air commentator for all major TV networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CNN, he also hosts several popular video shows including Tech Industry Insider, Gear Up and Game Theory.
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