Gaku Let’s You Match The Rhythm To Any Song On YouTube, Even Create Your Own Tracks


Guitar Hero and Rock Band are soooooo 2005! With the capabilities of the web these days, we can do much better than a stand-alone game on a disc that comes with countless DLC packs. COUNTLESS. Rhythm-based games have evolved far past that, to the point that we now have a game you can play on your keyboard and use any song on YouTube to test your rhythm-matching skills. That’s any song, and it costs absolutely nothing.

The only thing missing is that accursed plastic guitar.

Gaku is an open-source rhythm-based game currently in alpha. There are a bunch of songs that have already been synced up so that you can play along by hitting keys on your keyboard if you want. Huh, if you want, I suppose you could even pick up your keyboard and pretend that it’s a keytar. What’s the difference between that and a plastic guitar, really? Well, I’ll tell you: it’s a whole lot cheaper (presuming you already have a computer).


If you want more songs to play, then all you have to do is login to mod-it, which hosts the game, and you can do that with your Google account in seconds. Once you’ve sorted that out, it’s just a case of heading into the editor with the song you’ve pulled across from YouTube, and then manually inputting the keystrokes. Luckily, the editor is fairly flexible so that you can sync it all up pretty well. And when you’re finished, you can upload your song to the library and share it with others.

I’m not sure how many people enjoy smacking their keyboard along to a song with a YouTube video playing in the background, but if you’re one of them, then I think you might find this rather a lot of fun. If there’s a decent community behind a game like this, we could probably get near enough every song on YouTube synced up. No DLC packs for us, thank you very much!


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