Mar 17, 2010
Due to be released on the iTunes App Store is a new app designed for the iPhone and iPod. Universal Music Group has created a game called Six String which will sell for $4.99. It is similar to guitar simulation games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, where players are directed to the proper strings with a scrolling series of dots and arrows.
The main difference though between this app compared to others is that players, instead of just pushing buttons are made to pluck and strum, as well as change chords. Music-themed video games have been huge hits for companies such as Activision and MTV. While all the major recording companies sell music rights for these games, Universal is believed to be the first of the majors to try developing its own game.
The game comes with six tracks, such as Bon Jovi''s "You Give Love A Bad Name;" Tom Petty''s "Runnin'' Down A Dream;" and Fall Out Boy''s "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," but players can add songs from the in-app store for 99 cents each. Only 20 songs will be available initially, but more songs will be added as soon as they are prepared. Universal is trying to use its music library and knowledge to do away with the middleman.