Rapper Lil Wayne may still be behind Rikers Island’s bars on gun charges, but that hasn’t stopped developers of video game “Def Jam Rapstar” from launching an interactive karaoke game featuring him and other hip-hop stars.
The game aims to cash in on the craze for music-related video games in at least one unique way: Developers hope to take the genre a step further by linking it to a social networking website in which gamers face-off with their karaoke recordings of hip-hop songs.
“This is actually one of the first video games to really include a social media platform, and that’s going to make all the difference because hip-hop is very social,” said Scott Steinberg, video game analyst at consultancy Tech Savvy.
In classic karaoke style, the user selects a song to rhyme over, matching the words and pitch as the music video flashes in the background. The twist, however, is that all of this can be recorded on video, edited and uploaded to the game’s website, www.def
The website is a sort of YouTube and Facebook mash-up where users are meant to “battle” one another, competing for votes determining whose filmed rendition of a particular song is best.