Some folks are really into that whole Second Life thing. Some folks have avatars that represent their idealized self. Some folks have video games that allow them play in a realm where they probably wouldnâ€™t want to inhabit for realz â€“ well, maybe they would. Â Â I was reading Salon.com about how the game â€œGuitar Heroâ€ has saved guitar music.Â Umâ€¦the articleâ€™s title is misleading because while the game does spark an initial interest in real guitar playing, many kids give up on the real playing because itâ€™s too difficult.Â To stroke their deflated egos, they turn back to the game so they can feel better about their virtual playing. Â Â
Playing a musical instrument is not easy, and while I donâ€™t deny that it takes a special combination of eye-hand coordination to be an awesome video game player, I think when it comes to replicating the â€œreal thingâ€ like playing the guitar, Guitar Hero does what most video games do:Â inflate oneâ€™s sense of self to the point where the virtual world is preferred to the real one. Â Is this a bad thing?Â I suppose it depends on what you want out of life.Â If you want to be world-class guitar player (or even just a decent player), youâ€™re not going to get there by wood shedding with Guitar Hero. Iâ€™ve been trying to play guitar for a quite a few months now and to say itâ€™s a challenge is an understatement.Â Maybe Iâ€™m just not that coordinated, but some chord changes are just bafflingly hard. I donâ€™t know how some of these players do it. Really, I do know and itâ€™s a little thing called practice + talent. Â Â Â So, are there any added benefits to this game besides, you know, carpal tunnel syndrome?Â Well, it seems there are two:Â
- Playing the game can give potential real guitar players a better sense of rhythm.
- It increases downloads of classic rock songs featured in the game.