Friday, February 15, 2008

Anyone can play guitar (Games console not included)

The bewildering success of GuitarHero - an electronic game which manages to be less satisfying than listening to an expert playing music, and than playing an actual instrument for yourself, simultaneously is continuing to spawn monsters. Next up is versions of the game themed round specific brands - sorry, bands, kicking off with Aerosmith:

"The premise is that it's going to cover the 30-plus years of the band, from high school all the way through the rock superstardom of today," Kai Huang, head of Activision's RedOctane unit, which guides development of the franchise, told Reuters in an interview.

Rock superstardom of yesterday, surely?

The prospect now lays ahead of us of every band - or at least those which have converted themselves into some sort of business - churning out variations on this theme. We're looking forward to a Paul Weller variant where players suddenly have to convert to playing an accordion halfway through.


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