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Geeky Virtual Instruments

Forget Rock Band, Play the Polka on Accordion Hero!

— May 23, 2009 — Tech
For the video game players that have mastered Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the versatile Accordion Hero game allows players to play music of multiple genres, from polka to rap to metal.

The original Accordion Hero must have had some degree of popularity, as Accordion Hero II has been released with a double bellowed accordion.

Who wouldn't want to hear MC Hammer's “U Can't Touch This” on the accordion?

Implications - The popularity of instrument simulators is on the rise because it offers consumers the experience of living out their rock stardom fantasy. Though the video game industry currently dominates in this field, there are still many outlets for corporations to provide experience-simulators which can potentially yield major gross income.
Trend Themes
1. Virtual Instrument Games - The growing popularity of instrument simulators in video games presents opportunities for companies to expand this trend into other experience-simulator products.
2. Cross-genre Appeal - Incorporating multiple genres of music into virtual instrument games provides unique selling points that can attract a wider audience.
3. Instrument Customization - Providing options for players to customize their virtual instruments could generate additional revenue streams and enhance user engagement.
Industry Implications
1. Video Game Industry - The video game industry can continue to innovate and dominate in the virtual instrument game market.
2. Music Industry - Collaborations between music artists and virtual instrument game developers can offer opportunities for promotion and cross-promotion.
3. Amusement Park Industry - Amusement parks and other entertainment venues can leverage the trend of experience-simulators by incorporating virtual instrument games into their attractions.
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