A thing I’ve been thinking about lately is playable instruments in video games. To be clear, I’m not talking about rhythm games with plastic accessories (though those are great fun), but games that have modeled instruments and let players noodle with them to improvise melodies and such. Specific examples I’m thinking of include the instruments from Majora’s Mask 3D, which led to this person doing multiple pop song covers, the piano from Myst, the most recent King’s Quest let you fuss around with a music box for a puzzle, Animal Crossing: Wild World and New Leaf let you compose the town tune, and this guitar in Lumino City.
Making music brings me such joy and I love that developers go out of their way to create these tiny composition tools inside games. Are there any others y’all can think of? Also, is there a specific term for this type of novelty? I feel like my Googling only ever leads me back to Guitar Hero/Rock Band.