has added music content to its diverging focus from being a videogame download service. While game-related video shows
-- and some that aren't expressly about games
-- were already a part of GameTap, the music areas and new "Artist of the Month" selection confuse the message.
GameTap has recently been earning gamer credibility by publishing new titles like Sam & Max
episodes and the upcoming Myst Online: Uru Live,
but the new music content seems like an idea from out-of-touch marketers to appeal to a younger audience. Even the first two featured bands seem like a scattered approach. Fall Out Boy
strikes us as My First Emo, appealing to the Music Television kids with their Total Request Lives
. (At least Kyle's cousin likes it.) And The Hold Steady
is nearly the opposite, a great rock outfit that sounds like the smokey halls it plays.
But, come on, GameTap. If we wanted to listen to The Hold Steady
, we'd play it on our stereo. (And if we wanted to listen to Fall Out Boy
, we'd turn on an MTV awards show.) We hope that GameTap can turn a profit and please papa Turner without pandering to a music audience.
GameTap, it's too early for you to jump the shark; keep the focus on games.