1987 – Otocky
Behind the Music: Released only for the Famicom Disc System in Japan, Otocky was a side-scrolling shooter that let the player fire in eight directions, with each direction producing a different note. In this way, the player could essentially become a composer and add their own beats to the background music, making the an early preface to later music creation studios such as MTV Music Generator, Traxxpad and Beaterator.
Why It Rocks: Think generative music content is a modern-day thing? Think again. While Rez gets most of the credit for allowing players to directly influence the background music through their actions, Otocky—which does exactly the same thing—predates it by 15 years.
Did You Know… The man responsible for creating Otocky, Toshio Iwai, was also behind Nintendo’s quirky music creation ‘game’ Electroplankton.