The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

Konami just unveiled a new music game for arcades called Museca. Isn't that exciting? Sure it is! But, as some folks claim, it might look familiar.

Look at all the people lined up in shit Tokyo weather to play the game at today's location test.

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

[Photo: 9c5s]

Famitsu was also on hand to check out the location test.

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

[Photos: Famitsu]

But, wait, as Twitter user SoInLove notes, here is the upcoming Museca arcade cabinet compared with the already out Neon FM cabinet.

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

[Photos via SoInLove]

Neon FM, of course, is an American music game made by Unit-e Technologies, which is located in Maryland.

While the games might looks similar, with Museca featuring what looks like a reversed button layout, there are important differences. Website Polyphonic Room (via tipster Deckenkatze) explains:

The cabinet may look familiar if you have played Neon FM before, the primary difference being that these are called spinners and can be rotated as well as hit.

Another difference is the foot pedal, which can be used for activating "gifts" during a song.

Differences aside, the reaction on Twitter has been...interesting, if not expected:

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game
The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

And via Unit-e's Twitter account:

The Controversy Surrounding Konami's New Music Game

Goodness knows enough people have been inspired by Konami's Bemani games over the years.

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Comments

    It's a rhythm game, there's only so many ways you can design the input controls. Might as well complain that Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat cabinets were so similar.

    yeahhhh, I think this is similar to being like MY FLIGHT GAME USES A JOYSTICK, OH SO DOES YOURS? COPYCAT!

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