Wait! Even if you don’t like Prince I’m making a point here about ALL kinds of games! I’m a Prince fan, and before you scoff one of the main reasons is because I’ve seen him in concert. The man IS a Guitar Hero and not only that, he’s a Rock Band too. He plays every instrument on his albums. I saw and heard him do a very credible Zeppelin medley live here in Milwaukee and I swear to you – he no longer looked like a purple weirdo. He looked like Jimmy Page. Sounded like him too. But, man is he out of touch! Come in for the how and the why:
“. . . I just think it’s more important that kids learn how to actually play guitar.” quoted in Game Informer Magazine
Right. Yeah. I’d agree with that. If Guitar Hero was a drum machine or a sampling board, I’d agree with that. But that’s not what Guitar Hero is all about. It’s not about playing guitar, it’s not about learning guitar, it’s about pretending you can play guitar. You know, skipping the many years it takes to master basic guitar and the decade or so it takes to learn to play a song by someone like Prince. By Prince’s logic I should become a pilot rather than play a flight sim. I should join the military rather than play Call of Duty 4 and I had better start working on my throwing arm (or my coaching) if I expect to win a single game in Madden.
Can you come up with more example? Please do.
Guitar Hero lets me – WITHOUT learning how to play guitar – to feel like I’m playing guitar. Kids too. The kids who want to play guitar can still play Guitar Hero and guess what? They can also take lessons. Or, like Prince supposedly did, learn to play every instrument in the world by listening to it. The guy is a virtuoso, a rare prodigy and also a fool. Guitar Hero is introducing a generation of teens to music from over 6 decades. Given his own album sales, seems to me Prince could use that introduction any way he can get it. Just let me pretend to play Purple Rain you big purple doofus!
As an afterward I’d think Prince’s real problem is with what Hip Hop has been doing for a couple decades now. Drum machines, sampling and the computerized mixing of hooks. I mean, can Timbaland or Dr. Dre or Moby or some more current reference even play an instrument? I didn’t think so. But they can play Guitar Hero. And so can I. But I can’t play anything by Prince. That sucks. So, to paraphrase, I just think Prince should know what he’s talking about before speaking.
PS: Yes, I’m cynical enough to consider that this might be a ploy to get more money for his work. Start a tug-o-war with Rock Band for his music.
PPS: Yes, I know Led Zeppelin isn’t going to be featured either. Sigh.
PPS: I sooo want the Beatles disc that’s coming!