Playing Music and Playing Games - Simulation vs. Gameplay in Music-based Games talks about playing rock concerts versus playing guitar.

The act of designing music-based games can be seen as an act of balancing between allowing freedom of expression and constraining the game space to render a game accessible, playable and enjoyable. The best music-based games excel in both categories - they offer a believable simulation of any particular aspect of music while giving the player the freedom to explore her own capabilities.

Kayali, F. & Pichlmair, M. (2008) Playing Music, Playing Games - Simulation vs. Gameplay in Music-based Games, paper presented to the Vienna Games Conference 2008 'Future and Reality of Gaming' (FROG), Vienna, October 17th-19th, 2008.

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