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From the people who brought you Guitar Hero, Rock Band will be played with four instrument-based video game controllers: two guitars (lead and bass), a drum kit and a microphone, letting up to 4 players play together, or online.

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im getting to old for this s***, its fun as hell RockBand PS3
I love the fact that I can live out my future in a game now. RockBand PS3
Fun, but gets boring if played too much. . . RockBand PS3
Gameplay is straightforward. Various difficult levels allow for endless fun. RockBand PS3
fun with friends/others ***** RockBand PS3
fun for the first week or so. it could be really fun if you had weekly 'rock band parties' but unless your not playing solo, its kind of... RockBand PS3

Note: The Thanksgiving break has given me a lot of free time. And giving free time will lead to me thinking about random crap, which leads to me writing about that random crap here. So if you are wondering why I am writing so frequently, and why they are about really random topics, it's because I am reaaaaly bored right now. XD

I was watching TV with my dad a few hours ago, and a commercial for Guitar Hero: World Tour came on. It was the one where Derek Jeter, Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps, and Kobe Bryant are jamming out to "Old Time Rock and Roll" like in that one Tom Cruise movie. So anyway, as they each came on screen my dad was naming them off, trying to figure out who they were (he recognized all of them right off-the-bat, except for Tony Hawk). I thought it was a cool commercial, and I thought he did too.

But then he turned to me and said, "You know, I've never understood the concept of that kind of game." I was pretty shocked. Having owned all Guitar Hero games previously, I thought my Dad understood the entertainment in playing rhythm games like that. So I asked him, "What do you mean? Games like Guitar Hero?"

Turns out he was talking about band games, such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero: World Tour. "No, like those complete band games," he said. "I just think it seems kind of sad. Like, you get a bunch of friends together to play in a fake band."

Well, to be honest, I didn't really have much to say back to him. The way he perceives those games, I guess it does seem kind of sad. It's almost like you can't get a real band together, so instead you just pick up the faux Les Paul and jam with your friends. Instead of practicing in your garage until the cops are called on you, you simply turn the volume down and continue your 6th playthrough of Enter Sandman.

So are band games really that pitiful? I think it depends on how you look at them. If you go in wanting to have fun and play a game, then I don't think it's sad at all. After all, these are still video games we are talking about, and because they are entertaining they should still be regarded as such. So it is not sad to pop in a copy of Rock Band 2 and play along with three of your friends.

But, at the same time, I think that my Dad made a nice point: band games shouldn't really be used for living out your dream of starting a band. Beating Guitar Hero on Expert will not help you learn face melting solos on the real guitar. And just because you can pass the vocals part of Dani California in Rock Band doesn't mean that you are a good singer.

I guess the main purpose of this post is to bring up a new perspective on these virtual band games. I'm sure that my dad isn't alone in his beliefs that these games are made for depressing teenagers who are living out their dream of starting a band in this virtual realm. But personally, I don't think that this genre is pitiful in any way. At the end of the day it's just a different way to approach gaming, and there's nothing wrong with that.

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