The idea of Game Day this week was simple: a bunch of you sent a bunch of game-related links all at nearly the same time. If this kind of convergence happens again, we’ll do it again. In the wake of all this game-y music goodness are quite a lot of additional resources. So here we go. In case you missed it:
- Hacking a Wii Guitar Hero guitar to work with a synth
- Two free software solutions for making music with your Wiimote on your PC
- Free software and DIY hardware makes your Game Boy Color a real MIDI instrument (with jacks and all)
- If you don’t have friends, get friends, or in my case, find a friend who can afford an Xbox 360 and Rock Band. Sigh.
- When that Rock Band purchase makes you too poor to buy other drum pads, use your Rock Band pads
What’s that? Surely you don’t think I’ve become one of those blogs that does big link round-ups just to distract you. No, there’s still more to tell.
All this Wii waggling could be pretty useful for visuals. So on Create Digital Motion, we’ve got a few more tips, including a library that lets your Wiimote talk to Flash apps on Mac. (Now, Windows, anyone? Or even Linux?)
Patryk Laurent was so inspired, he put together his own Wii strumming app, free for Mac (uses Java). And heck, he’s a Neuroscientist, which I find impressive. Neuroscientists must not have a fight song or theme tune or whatever, because he does what everyone else does and plays Mario. Patryk: I challenge you to write “Neuroscience: The Original Soundtrack” and get back to us.
Lastly, Chris O’Shea points us to Beats, a new PSP game that plays on the idea of interactive music listening. The results aren’t so exciting — so far this field has a lot more potential than it does realization, so far. But I think no one’s quite figured out what interactive music should be yet, which is kind of exciting.
Just so long as we’ve advanced from Simon. Ah, what a game that was.