It's hard to imagine a multiplayer game like Rock Band transitioning to the iPhone. But MTV announces today that the play-with-music hit is going mobile.
The coolest part - using Bluetooth, multiple players will be able to connect and jam together. It's not the same as playing on the plastic guitar or drum pads, but could add some nifty new touches. I imagine that the motion-sensing software will create a new kind of experience - shaking the phone, maybe, to trigger drum beats. There's already a music game called Tap Tap Revenge that has been pretty successful in the mobile market. It remains to be seen how well Harmonix's innovations will translate.
David Kushner is the author of many books, including Masters of Doom, Jonny Magic & the Card Shark Kids, Levittown, The Bones of Marianna, and Alligator Candy. A contributing editor of Rolling Stone, he has written for publications including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine.