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November 24, 2009 / Joe Osborne

Coffee Talk: The Future of Music Games As Educational Tools


Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison, recently revealed the goals of his work with Harmonix on Rock Band 3 to the Chicago Tribune. Dhani discusses Thenewno2, his awesomely trippy jam band first featured in previous Rock Band titles, and later his more direct connections with the Rock Band franchise (i.e. his work on The Beatles: Rock Band).

“I’m working on Rock Band 3 and making the controllers more real so people can actually learn how to play music while playing the game,” he confidently claims. “Give me a couple years, it’s going to happen.” More after the break.rockband03

Dhani seemingly wants to take music games in a new direction where they truly contribute to musical education. Musicians like Prince have turned down being featured in music games for this very reason: while music games are entertaining, they generally don’t emulate the process in a way that educates or sparks interest in the creation of music.

If done correctly and in a way that is still entertaining, would this be a good direction for music games? Would you want to play an edition of Rock Band that attempted to teach you (in a way that’s somehow fun) how to play an instrument or even train your vocals on your own? In a broader context, how do you feel about the potential of video games as educational tools? Give us your two cents in the comments section.

(Images via ESDMusic and Wonder Wall Web)


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