The ‘Guitar Hero’ Effect

by Steve Bowler on January 25, 2008 · 1 comment

in business,general

So check this out, suburban newspaper Beacon News is claiming that local music and guitar stores in their area have been seeing an upsurge of interest in both music and learning how to play music, and the reason for this is, wait for it, Guitar Hero.

I guess even the local “alternative” radio station in the area is getting claims that teenagers are requesting bands like The Ramones, and everyone is pretty sure it’s due to the GH.

While this is fantastic news, one teen points out something which is still lacking in video games:

Postlewaite said that playing the game for fun pails in comparison to the feeling he gets picking up the instrument. “It’s an outlet of communication for me. You can’t create anything with Guitar Hero.”

I love what Harmonix games do for the gaming public:  connect them with music, but I’d love to see them take it one step further.  Give us the tools to create our own GH/Rock Band tracks with our own music.  Kind of like a level editor for an FPS.  I imagine there’d be legal and licensing issues with it, but that doesn’t mean I want it any less.

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