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How music games attract players?

Apart from the love for music, while playing music or rhythm games, players could gain a sense of accomplishment and competing with others as well, while some music games started to add some role playing or card game elements in game, further providing players with diverse experience while playing.

Yongcheng Liu

August 14, 2023

5 Min Read

In recent years, as the mobile gaming market continues to expand, competition in sub-genres has become increasingly fierce. And music games, as one of the sub-categories, have grown into a sizable branch of the mobile gaming industry. Many types of games have also incorporated music and rhythm gameplay to enhance the player's experience, allowing players to showcase their stage charm while experiencing the growth of the main character, which provides players with a stronger sense of immersion and diverse gameplay experience. Some developers keep asking why it can attract so many players.

Humans born to have love for music.

Humans are born with a natural love for music. Scientific research shows that people can already respond to rhythm in infancy. During this period, music can replace language as a means of communication of love and emotion. Rhythmic behaviors (such as swaying, stroking, and tapping), pitch forms (such as different intonations of speech and exaggeration), especially singing lullabies, are all ways of communicating love through music.

The value of music is manifested in its ability to encourage emotions. It is a carrier of emotional transmission and release and can help people relieve negative emotions such as anxiety and loneliness, possibly bringing positive psychological status. It can make people unconsciously dance and resonate with the singers. Nowadays, "music therapy" has also been introduced into modern medicine and is used in psychological intervention, surgery, and various stages of disease recovery. Medical cases in modern medicine have shown that humans can open their inner world and produce multiple sensory stimuli to improve various aspects of their body's ability when they passively listen to music or actively create music.

It is an undeniable fact that humans love music. Because of this love, humans can enjoy themselves while listening to music or participating in music-related activities such as singing, dancing, playing instruments, etc. Music games also provide similar pleasure. Many music games include different styles of music, and players can feel the company of music while playing games. By personally participating in playing instruments such as virtual piano keyboards or simulating drumming, people can feel the joy of participating in music and their body and mind can be relaxed.

achievement gained from self-challenge.

The value of playing music cannot be quantified, and it is difficult for ordinary people to compare the level of playing. Or in other words, when it comes to just playing music, there are no universally good or bad works in the world. Depending on the audience's preferences, there are many different standards for music appreciation.

However, in music games, players' playing levels are clearly quantified in the form of scores, and music games have gradually formed a set of proprietary gameplay systems and scoring systems. There are many types of key pressing methods in music games, such as single key pressing, sliding keys, long pressing, and quick combo hits. Players can improve their final scores by achieving a "Full Combo" or hitting single notes accurately to get a "Perfect" evaluation. Music games are a completely merit-based game type, and players can improve their music game skills through relatively easy ways such as watching other people's videos and memorizing the rhythm and key positions of songs. Therefore, players addicted to music games can enjoy the pleasure of becoming stronger through practice. Many players will gain a sense of achievement after refreshing their highest scores on a single song or conquering a song in Hardest mode. In hardcore competitive games, players often find it difficult to get a sense of reward because of long practice cycles and too many unexpected factors. However, in music games, because the numerical evaluation criteria are usually simpler, as long as players put in time and effort, they can gain significant rewards in a shorter time period.

Rankings and the fun of PVP.

In music games, scores are everything. Through quantification, the difference between players is already very clear, and the pleasure of competing with others also arises. Therefore, in addition to PVE clearance mode, leaderboard ranking and PVP mode also bring competitive fun to players in music games. Many games set up leaderboard events: players can get scores through music performances during the event period. The high or low score of a single song will affect the player's final ranking. The rewards for the event are also often related to the player's ranking, and players who rank higher can get event-limited rewards. Therefore, in this ranking competition, the player's desire to win will also be stimulated, and competing with other players through scores has become the fun of many music game players.

Combined with other gameplay to enhance the fun of the game.

With the development of mobile games, many game genres have begun to add RPG elements. We can also see some rhythm or music games starting to incorporate numerical or card-based settings, providing players with diverse characters for different choices. Players can obtain characters through card draws, playing rhythm games, and at the same time, unlock related exquisite characters.

Combining music with other gameplay and plot is also an important way to enhance interest. For example, in Ensemble Stars, an up-to-date online "group playing" function is added, allowing players to easily form bands and enjoy playing together. Rhythm games that incorporate other game elements are more conducive to attracting potential players to join the music gaming world.

Although this is not the main fun of rhythm games, the high adaptability of this game genre allows them to be combined with many forms of gameplays. Overly hardcore single rhythm game modes may only attract core players. In order to let more players start the rhythm game team, many music games have also developed in terms of character design, illustration art, plot, etc., creating a game mode that is mainly based on rhythm games, with character development/plot as a supplement.

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