Guitar Hero is SUPER annoying.
I’m not about to take on the entire ‘gaming’ culture and say that all video games should go. I have my share of vices (ie: chocolate, ‘Cold Case Files’, mumus) and I don’t stand in a position where I could deny others of theirs. Plus, there are millions of gamers who would probably form an army and cut me down (albeit virtually) if they perceived a threat.
What’s your point, Lane? Where are you going with this? What I’m saying is this: why don’t these millions of people, instead of pretending to play instruments with primary-colored buttons on a mini-guitar, learn to play…wait for it…REAL instruments. A guitar can definitely be found cheaper than a video game console. And while you may have to suffer through some callused fingers, you’ll end up with an actual talent. What sounds better to you? “I have a terrible case of eye strain and carpal tunnel from pretending to play instruments on a video game” OR “These calluses on my fingers are from learning to play the guitar…a REAL guitar.” Other potential benefits of playing a real instrument include: being able to play without electric outlets and a television, learning songs that aren’t in the game program and not being totally deluded about your musical abilities.
I hope none of my friends in the blogosphere are offended by my stance on Guitar Hero, but I truly can’t get my mind around this much-hyped phenomenon. As public schools continue to fail to find funding for music programs, children are spending hours in front of a screen pretending to play 80’s hair band music. As culture continues to be dumbed down by the constant flow of entertainment, music has suddenly become as simple as pressing the right buttons in the proper sequence. Maybe I’m overreacting, maybe it’s just a passing phase. But as the Wii has made it unnecessary for people to go to an actual bowling alley to bowl, Guitar Hero may soon suck the life out of many potentially talented musicians. But I hope not.