What are Karaoke video games?

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Karaoke video game challenges players to out-sing friends with songs and authentic videos from favorite Hollywood Records artists, TV Series or Movies.

The earliest karaoke-based music video game, called Karaoke Studio, was released for the Nintendo Famicom in 1985, but its limited computing ability made for a short catalog of songs and therefore reduced replay value. As a result, karaoke games were considered little more than collector’s items until they saw release in higher-capacity DVD formats.

Karaoke Revolution, created for the PlayStation 2 by Harmonix and released by Konami in North America in 2003. This game and subsequent sequels give a singer direction on their pitch and rhythm and scores the player on accuracy. Get too far off, and the player is booed off the virtual stage.

The game soon spawned several follow-ups including Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2, Karaoke Revolution Vol. 3, Karaoke Revolution Party Edition, CMT Presents Karaoke Revolution: Country and Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol. While the original Karaoke Revolution was also eventually released for the Microsoft Xbox console in late 2004, the new online-enabled version included the ability to download additional song packs through the console’s exclusive Xbox Live service.

A similar series, SingStar, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, is particularly popular in the European and Australasian markets. Other music video game titles that involve singing by the player include Boogie and its sequel Boogie SuperStar, Disney Sing It, Get On Da Mic, Guitar Hero World Tour, High School Musical: Sing It!, Lips, the Rock Band series, SingSong, UltraStar, and Xbox Music Mixer.

Other Karaoke games followed including “Boogie” for Wii, which included a dance aspect; “Get On Da Mic”, which features hip hop songs only; and the popular “Rock Band” titles, which also allow playing along on drums or guitars with special controllers.

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