Since Rock Band announced an end to its weekly DLC, Downloadable Content, (Rock Band Network DLC continues, insofar as I know), it seemed few new avenues were available to see Japanese rock music in mainstream video games.
Until Rocksmith 2014!
In the last few weeks, I’ve seen a number of bands added to Rocksmith’s DLC. B’z was one of the first. As of now, these are the artists populating the exclusive “J-Rock” category of Rocksmith: 9mm Parabellum Bullet, B’z, Golden Bomber, Hotei, Kazuyoshi Saito, ONE OK ROCK.
As some of you may recall, there was a “Jrock” category in the Rock Band 3 game, which was likely in anticipation of having Japanese artists in the game. Dir en grey is currently the only band in Japan included in the game.
With BandFuse: Rock Legends only recently being released, this opens up yet another avenue being forged by pioneering artists as mentioned above. Who else would be a great fit for these types of music video games? If you could make the pick, what artists would you tell, ‘you should be in this game!’? Old favorites? Top artists today? Legends of rock in Japan? Who fits best for the guitar-oriented Rocksmith as opposed to the (almost) full band experience of BandFuse: Rock Legends?
About Rocksmith 2014 (http://rocksmith.ubi.com/):
The fastest way to learn guitar! according to their site. “Plug any electric guitar or bass into your PC, Mac, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3, and join over 1.5 million people who have learned to play guitar with award-winning Rocksmith method. Learn to play guitar in 60 days. ”
About BandFuse: Rock Legends (http://bandfuse.com/):
Per their site’s info: “BandFuse: Rock Legends was created by musicians for people who aspire to play music. BandFuse provides a true pick up and play experience for players of all skill levels, teaches tablature, and supports up to 4 players jamming together as a band. Whether you’ve never held a guitar or bass before, or you are already the lead guitarist in your own band, BandFuse: Rock Legends will have you rockin’ with your favorite songs in minutes. BandFuse: Rock Legends connects REAL guitars, bass and a microphone to your game console, and unleashes a full band experience for players of all skill levels.”