New Music Game 'Power Gig' Uses Real Guitar

By Chris Faylor, Mar 09, 2010 1:20pm PST Promising "the true evolution of the band videogame experience," developer Seven45 today announced its first project in the form of "Power Gig: Rise of the Six String."

Due out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the fall, the game uses a specialized six-string controller across its two main modes. The first mode is said to be "traditional beat-matching" like other rhythm games, while the other uses actual chords and requires "specific finger placement on the strings."

Outside of the game, the controller doubles as a functioning electric guitar, with Seven45 sister company and actual guitar manufacturer First Act aiding in its production.

"As players progress through the game, becoming more comfortable with a genuine guitar and potentially choosing to play real power chords, they will find that the byproduct of playing the game is coming away from it with an understanding of some real-life guitar fundamentals," the company explained in today's announcement.

The company also provided some shots of the guitar and some character artwork, but said nothing about what songs the game will include--arguably one of, if not the most important aspect of a music game that's seeking mainstream success.

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