Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I Wish Someone Would Invent: Piano Piano Revolution

Have you ever thought about an invention that maybe YOU can't make, but it sure would be nice if someone else did?

All the rhythm video games that are out these days are pretty cool. Dancing ones, guitar ones, drumming ones, singing ones, kids' ones, even taiko and shamisen ones! Of course, the limitations of the interfaces for these games keep most of them from being too useful for learning how to actually play the instrument; the guitar one might increase your manual dexterity, but it wouldn't teach you to play guitar, exactly.

Now, I wish someone would invent Piano Piano Revolution. Particularly a piano game that would actually allow you to actually learn to play piano using it.

In Piano Piano Revolution, you could choose from a very wide range of skill levels (as a great number of people would be extremely advanced), then select whether you'd like to read from traditional sheet music or a more "Guitar Hero"-style visual interface.

Just like all the other rhythm games, there would be multipliers, bonuses, percentage checkpoints, and all other such scorekeeping. Probably a lot of cool virtual pyrotechnics.

Another cool thing about this game would be that since you could use already-existing keyboards, you could make this as a flash game for computers over a long weekend. So get to it, computer geniuses! I want this game!


Nicholas Piegdon has created Synthesia, a piano rhythm game that has every single aspect I mentioned (sheet music interface coming with next update) and playable on PC and Mac with any USB compatible synthesizer! It's amazing! And free! Way to go, Nicholas!

Check it out at

So, you want to invent it? Already know about something just like it? Got a reason why it would never work? Got some suggestions? Got your own "I Wish Someone Would Invent..."? See you in the comments!



At 12:26 PM, Blogger Kevin Cannon said...

I'm still waiting for Watch TV Watch TV Revolution.

At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to love playing Piano Piano Revolution... when it was called The Miracle Piano System. Seems to me someone should port the software -- I still have my old Miracle Piano!

At 12:11 PM, Blogger Zander Cannon said...

Apparently those are quite rare, according to Wikipedia.

Seriously, someone should make this for the Xbox Live Arcade-- and let it be able to use a regular synthesizer! I bet you could get it to plug in the Xbox 360 with a USB cord.

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous pete said...

can i suggest an IWSWI item?

sunglasses for your nose. they'd probably be made out of cotton mesh. the goal is to have something that blocks unfor2n8 odors while still allowing you to somewhat detect them, so that you can avoid dangers such as gasoline spills or spoiled milk or homeless guy b.o.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Has this game been made?

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Zander Cannon said...

Sure enough! Just as I hoped, down to being able to use any USB-compatible synthesizer. He even does me one better by allowing you to plug in any MIDI tune you can find on the internet.

Apparently the original name for Synthesia was "Piano Hero" but Activision told him to cut it out. So he had a name contest, and what was one of the unused names? None other than "Piano Piano Revolution". Nice.

At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, I guess you've never heard of keyboardmania... which has been around since 2000... Made by Bemani, the same people that made dance dance revolution.


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