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[[caption-width-right:208: [[CallARabbitASmeerp Sixstring warrior]] used [[FunctionalMagic Mojo power]]!]]
Released in October of 2010, ''Power Gig'' is a RhythmGame from [=Seven45=] Studios, sister company to First Act, a dedicated instrument manufacturer. It is poised to compete with both ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' by utilizing a real guitar for its controller; colored sections along the neck will dictate which frets the player needs to hold to play the song correctly. However, it also supports traditional guitar controllers for existing games. It also uses a unique drum controller which is comprised of a sensor which sits on the floor, while the player makes drumming motions with sticks over the sensors, in the hopes of making a quieter experience.

The gameplay itself is actually a musical RPG centered on a small band of rebels attempting to overthrow [[EvilOverlord The Headliner]]. The story is full and engaging, in stark contrast to [[GuitarHero Warriors of Rock]] which was released the same year. Songs must be chosen carefully in order to maximize the impact on the NPC listeners. Although the game is markedly more difficult and more "realistic" than its competitors, the difficulty is toned down some by being able to select different musicians with different [[FunctionalMagic mojo powers]] that help the player in tough spots. Playing with a full band increases the power of each musician as mojo powers both compliment each other and stack.

Despite these features and a not-too-shabby song list, ''Power Gig'' sold far below expectations. The guitar, one of Power Gig's selling points, fell victim to technological restrictions in making a stringed guitar work for a button-based video game, and faced stiff competition after Rock Band 3's pro modes were announced. The end result was a controller that was not easy to use and worked with mediocrity as a guitar. The game's other claim of "teaching to play guitar" has met with mixed reviews as well with some feeling it did not teach enough while others, including the members of Dave Mathews Band, feeling it was a good "entry point" for those wanting to learn. In addition, the downloadable content for the game simply doesn't work (since it tries to add update itself to a non-existent title), and the drum kit fails at its motion sensing, which was kind of its main gimmick.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AirGuitar: Or air drumming, rather.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Everything in the game is called by it's in-world name. Guitars are "sixstrings", drums are "Airstrikers", magic is called "mojo", ect.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Impressively, [=Seven45=] has managed to completely remove any mention of Power Gig from their website. Going to the old Power Gig website provides an e-mail address for inquiries, but the entire site is shut down.
* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts. However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's ''VideoGame/{{Rocksmith}}'', a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for ''[[VideoGame/RockBand Rock Band 3]]'', which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".
* CoverVersion: "Crossroads" By John Mayer, a slower funk version of the version by Cream.
* CulturePolice: The Headliner will strip all non-allied musicians playing non-approved Music in clubs he didn't sanction of their [[FunctionalMagic mojo]], possessions, and everything else... even their lives sometimes!
* DownloadableContent: Or at least, that's the plan, assuming they ever release the title update required for the DLC to work. Some consider this a GameBreakingBug.
* DuelingGames: Both ''GH'' and ''RB'', but ''Rock Band'' is the more direct competition, especially since ''[=RB3=]'' is touting a lot of the same improvements that ''Power Gig'' is claiming. One of these completely bombed. Take a guess which one.
* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[note]]Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.[[/note]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs. Oh, and there is no "Unlock All Songs" cheat code.
* EvilOverlord: The Headliner.
* FunctionalMagic: Mojo.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Recruit (Beginner), Disciple/Apprentice (Easy), Master (Medium), Virtuoso (Hard) and Legend (Expert).
* LifeOfTheParty: The Riffriders clan makes their home out of an abandoned mall that they converted into a multi-story arcade/theme park with live music every night. Riffriders in general believe that life should be a non-stop party and that nothing should break their stride. They feel the other clans need to lighten up!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: One of the common complaints about the game.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Guess which instrument wasn't even mentioned in this game.
* NoExportForYou: Power Gig was only officially released in the US, which is a shame as it is the only console rhythm game as of 2012 to include Music/TheOffspring's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."
* RebelliousSpirit: The Rise Clan will not put up with anyone who exerts any sort of control over them. They don't like the Followers of Zhen, whom they feel are chained to a useless restrictive dogma, and see The Riffriders clan as a group that is all talk and spends too much time having fun and not enough actually rebelling against things. The only reason other Rise members can put up with each other is that they all agree that control sucks and don't care what other Rise members, or anyone else for that matter, thinks of them.
* ShoutOut: The plot is a shout out to the old Music/{{Aerosmith}}-endorsed shooter, ''VideoGame/RevolutionX''.
* [[TakeThat/VideoGames Take That]]: ''PG'' ran a commercial in which they gathered up as many ''GuitarHero'' controllers as they could find (but not official ones; those were too expensive) and flew them out to Iceland to [[http://www.destructoid.com/power-gig-team-dumps-guitar-hero-controllers-into-volcano-181009.phtml drop them into a volcano]] (One did physically get smashed when both guitars impacted one another on the ground). The ad ends with "Fake guitars are over - It's time to rock it real."
* UrbanFantasy: Power Gig takes place in a modern technology world where the power of rock is used to do magic and has led to a music-based class system. The most powerful rocker becomes "The Headliner".
* WarriorPoet: The Followers of Zehn clan are musical warrior-mage-priests who spend their time learning the sacred works of Cadence and Ohm. Their music is both sacred and a weapon. Many Followers of Zehn take vows that reflect their personal beliefs to help them to enlightenment. Almost all of them are willing to debate philosophy with anyone and are happy to share their poetic and sacred musings. They wish the other clans would listen to them and find their sacred centers.
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[[quoteright:208:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/powergig_6171.PNG]]
[[caption-width-right:208: [[CallARabbitASmeerp Sixstring warrior]] used [[FunctionalMagic Mojo power]]!]]
Released in October of 2010, ''Power Gig'' is a RhythmGame from [=Seven45=] Studios, sister company to First Act, a dedicated instrument manufacturer. It is poised to compete with both ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' by utilizing a real guitar for its controller; colored sections along the neck will dictate which frets the player needs to hold to play the song correctly. However, it also supports traditional guitar controllers for existing games. It also uses a unique drum controller which is comprised of a sensor which sits on the floor, while the player makes drumming motions with sticks over the sensors, in the hopes of making a quieter experience.

The gameplay itself is actually a musical RPG centered on a small band of rebels attempting to overthrow [[EvilOverlord The Headliner]]. The story is full and engaging, in stark contrast to [[GuitarHero Warriors of Rock]] which was released the same year. Songs must be chosen carefully in order to maximize the impact on the NPC listeners. Although the game is markedly more difficult and more "realistic" than its competitors, the difficulty is toned down some by being able to select different musicians with different [[FunctionalMagic mojo powers]] that help the player in tough spots. Playing with a full band increases the power of each musician as mojo powers both compliment each other and stack.

Despite these features and a not-too-shabby song list, ''Power Gig'' sold far below expectations. The guitar, one of Power Gig's selling points, fell victim to technological restrictions in making a stringed guitar work for a button-based video game, and faced stiff competition after Rock Band 3's pro modes were announced. The end result was a controller that was not easy to use and worked with mediocrity as a guitar. The game's other claim of "teaching to play guitar" has met with mixed reviews as well with some feeling it did not teach enough while others, including the members of Dave Mathews Band, feeling it was a good "entry point" for those wanting to learn. In addition, the downloadable content for the game simply doesn't work (since it tries to add update itself to a non-existent title), and the drum kit fails at its motion sensing, which was kind of its main gimmick.
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!!This game provides examples of:
* AirGuitar: Or air drumming, rather.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Everything in the game is called by it's in-world name. Guitars are "sixstrings", drums are "Airstrikers", magic is called "mojo", ect.
* CanonDiscontinuity: Impressively, [=Seven45=] has managed to completely remove any mention of Power Gig from their website. Going to the old Power Gig website provides an e-mail address for inquiries, but the entire site is shut down.
* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts. However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's ''VideoGame/{{Rocksmith}}'', a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for ''[[VideoGame/RockBand Rock Band 3]]'', which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".
* CoverVersion: "Crossroads" By John Mayer, a slower funk version of the version by Cream.
* CulturePolice: The Headliner will strip all non-allied musicians playing non-approved Music in clubs he didn't sanction of their [[FunctionalMagic mojo]], possessions, and everything else... even their lives sometimes!
* DownloadableContent: Or at least, that's the plan, assuming they ever release the title update required for the DLC to work. Some consider this a GameBreakingBug.
* DuelingGames: Both ''GH'' and ''RB'', but ''Rock Band'' is the more direct competition, especially since ''[=RB3=]'' is touting a lot of the same improvements that ''Power Gig'' is claiming. One of these completely bombed. Take a guess which one.
* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[note]]Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.[[/note]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs. Oh, and there is no "Unlock All Songs" cheat code.
* EvilOverlord: The Headliner.
* FunctionalMagic: Mojo.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Recruit (Beginner), Disciple/Apprentice (Easy), Master (Medium), Virtuoso (Hard) and Legend (Expert).
* LifeOfTheParty: The Riffriders clan makes their home out of an abandoned mall that they converted into a multi-story arcade/theme park with live music every night. Riffriders in general believe that life should be a non-stop party and that nothing should break their stride. They feel the other clans need to lighten up!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading: One of the common complaints about the game.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Guess which instrument wasn't even mentioned in this game.
* NoExportForYou: Power Gig was only officially released in the US, which is a shame as it is the only console rhythm game as of 2012 to include Music/TheOffspring's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."
* RebelliousSpirit: The Rise Clan will not put up with anyone who exerts any sort of control over them. They don't like the Followers of Zhen, whom they feel are chained to a useless restrictive dogma, and see The Riffriders clan as a group that is all talk and spends too much time having fun and not enough actually rebelling against things. The only reason other Rise members can put up with each other is that they all agree that control sucks and don't care what other Rise members, or anyone else for that matter, thinks of them.
* ShoutOut: The plot is a shout out to the old Music/{{Aerosmith}}-endorsed shooter, ''VideoGame/RevolutionX''.
* [[TakeThat/VideoGames Take That]]: ''PG'' ran a commercial in which they gathered up as many ''GuitarHero'' controllers as they could find (but not official ones; those were too expensive) and flew them out to Iceland to [[http://www.destructoid.com/power-gig-team-dumps-guitar-hero-controllers-into-volcano-181009.phtml drop them into a volcano]] (One did physically get smashed when both guitars impacted one another on the ground). The ad ends with "Fake guitars are over - It's time to rock it real."
* UrbanFantasy: Power Gig takes place in a modern technology world where the power of rock is used to do magic and has led to a music-based class system. The most powerful rocker becomes "The Headliner".
* WarriorPoet: The Followers of Zehn clan are musical warrior-mage-priests who spend their time learning the sacred works of Cadence and Ohm. Their music is both sacred and a weapon. Many Followers of Zehn take vows that reflect their personal beliefs to help them to enlightenment. Almost all of them are willing to debate philosophy with anyone and are happy to share their poetic and sacred musings. They wish the other clans would listen to them and find their sacred centers.
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20th Feb '13 5:18:59 PM PancticeSquadCutterback
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* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts. However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's ''VideoGame/{{Rocksmith}}'', a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand Rock Band 3]], which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".

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* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts. However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's ''VideoGame/{{Rocksmith}}'', a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand ''[[VideoGame/RockBand Rock Band 3]], 3]]'', which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".
20th Feb '13 5:18:31 PM PancticeSquadCutterback
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* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts.
** However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's Rocksmith, a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand Rock Band 3]], which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".

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* CelebrityEndorsement: Artists like EricClapton, KidRock and Dave Matthews are praising the game for its more realistic angle, going so far as to sign exclusive contracts.
**
contracts. However, the exclusivity has seemingly since expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's Rocksmith, ''VideoGame/{{Rocksmith}}'', a guitar game which ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand Rock Band 3]], which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".



* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[note]]Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.[[/note]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs.
** Power Gig also does not have a "Unlock All Songs" cheat code.

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* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[note]]Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.[[/note]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs.
** Power Gig also does not have a
songs. Oh, and there is no "Unlock All Songs" cheat code.
15th Feb '13 2:15:26 PM lamoxlamae
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* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Recruit (Beginner), Disciple (Easy), Master (Medium), Virtuoso (Hard) and Legend (Expert).
* LifeOfTheParty: The Riffriders clan

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* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Recruit (Beginner), Disciple Disciple/Apprentice (Easy), Master (Medium), Virtuoso (Hard) and Legend (Expert).
* LifeOfTheParty: The Riffriders clan makes their home out of an abandoned mall that they converted into a multi-story arcade/theme park with live music every night. Riffriders in general believe that life should be a non-stop party and that nothing should break their stride. They feel the other clans need to lighten up!



* RebelliousSpirit: The Rise Clan

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* RebelliousSpirit: The Rise ClanClan will not put up with anyone who exerts any sort of control over them. They don't like the Followers of Zhen, whom they feel are chained to a useless restrictive dogma, and see The Riffriders clan as a group that is all talk and spends too much time having fun and not enough actually rebelling against things. The only reason other Rise members can put up with each other is that they all agree that control sucks and don't care what other Rise members, or anyone else for that matter, thinks of them.



* WarriorPoet: The Followers of Zehn clan.

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* WarriorPoet: The Followers of Zehn clan.clan are musical warrior-mage-priests who spend their time learning the sacred works of Cadence and Ohm. Their music is both sacred and a weapon. Many Followers of Zehn take vows that reflect their personal beliefs to help them to enlightenment. Almost all of them are willing to debate philosophy with anyone and are happy to share their poetic and sacred musings. They wish the other clans would listen to them and find their sacred centers.
19th Dec '12 9:00:37 AM PancticeSquadCutterback
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* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Guess which instrument wasn't even mentioned in this game.
12th Dec '12 5:37:27 PM randomtroper89
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* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[hottip:*:Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs.

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* EarnYourFun: At least two-thirds of the game's soundtrack is locked from the start, a trend which ''GuitarHero'' and ''RockBand'' dropped in 2009. Due to the game's non-straightforward story mode progression, [[hottip:*:Instead [[note]]Instead of the open ended progression used in the career mode of ''Guitar Hero'' & ''Rock Band'', players have to choose ''specific songs'' to unite the three clans.]] [[/note]] players will be repeating the same songs over and over to advance the story and unlock additional songs.
25th Nov '12 3:51:00 PM Prfnoff
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* NoExportForYou: Power Gig was only officially released in the US, which is a shame as it is the only console rhythm game as of 2012 to include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Offspring The Offspring's]] You're Gonna Go Far, Kid.

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* NoExportForYou: Power Gig was only officially released in the US, which is a shame as it is the only console rhythm game as of 2012 to include [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Offspring The Offspring's]] You're Music/TheOffspring's "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."
25th Nov '12 3:50:10 PM Prfnoff
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* ShoutOut: The plot is a shout out to the old Music/{{Aerosmith}}-endorsed shooter, ''RevolutionX''.

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* ShoutOut: The plot is a shout out to the old Music/{{Aerosmith}}-endorsed shooter, ''RevolutionX''.''VideoGame/RevolutionX''.
13th Nov '12 8:36:18 PM Gsueagle31049
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* FunctionalMagic: Mojo

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* FunctionalMagic: Mojo Mojo.
* IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels: Recruit (Beginner), Disciple (Easy), Master (Medium), Virtuoso (Hard) and Legend (Expert).
12th Nov '12 5:37:54 PM Gsueagle31049
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** However, the exclusivity has seemingly since lapsed as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's Rocksmith, a guitar game which actually delivers on its promises to teach players how to play guitar and allows the player to use ''any'' guitar with a standard 6 mm output jack, while Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand Rock Band 3]], which includes pro upgrades for "Ants Marching".

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** However, the exclusivity has seemingly since lapsed expired as Eric Clapton made an appearance in Ubisoft's Rocksmith, a guitar game which actually delivers ''actually delivers'' on its promises to teach players how to play guitar and allows the player to use ''any'' guitar with a standard 6 mm output jack, guitar, while the Dave Matthews Band released a three-pack of songs for [[RockBand Rock Band 3]], which includes pro guitar upgrades for "Ants Marching".
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