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I’m gonna come right out and admit right now that Guitar Hero was one of the main reasons I decided to learn the real guitar. Truly. I’m not gonna sit here and lie like everyone else seems to do. In late 2006, I got my first guitar. I play very casually, and never got too serious with it. I played it a lot, but it’s not like I was sitting there trying to be amazing or soloing like crazy. I just loved to play, and still do. However, I still loved the Guitar Hero games. So I played them along with real guitar. I know that’s a pretty uncommon thing, but I just really loved the games.

Then Rock Band came out in late 2007. I really didn’t like the idea of ANOTHER music game coming out that was the same thing with the addition of plastic drums. I didn’t buy it…until August of 2008 lol. For a few months before, my musical interests were increasingly moving towards metal. Not just any metal – very GOOD metal. I’m not talking dumb speed metal or anything – something with a good, solid beat that really gets me pumped up. I started listening to As Blood Runs Black. If you’ve ever listened to them, you know that their drums are pretty unique. Very fast, but very awesome, and very melodic. But whenever I tried to actually play the real drums at my friend’s house, I failed miserably. So I decided to get Rock Band. It took me about a month to actually start passing songs in Hard, but then in a few months, I was fc’ing like everything in Expert. My love for the game was constantly growing, and so I began playing the real drums as well. But just like Guitar Hero, I play Rock Band a lot. I’m one of those people that doesn’t find that the game has done anything wrong for the real instrument industry.

But I’ve noticed something lately that I really can’t understand. The music game sales have drastically fallen. So much so, that it’s considered to be one of the lowest selling genres in gaming. Three years ago, it was the king of everything. So what the hell do you think happened? I just told you my story, and the reason that is relevant to this question is because I don’t know many people who have followed the same path I did by balancing the realness and the fakeness. People just played the games, but it’s gone…Activision is constantly coming out with new titles, but nobody is buying them. What has happened to the rhythm gaming industry? What has caused it to totally meltdown. It seems like a lot of people blame it on the fact that the amount of games constantly being released is absurd, and that’s understandable, but from what I can see personally, nobody is playing any of the originals anymore either… just want your opinions on this…

2 Thoughts on Musicians – what are your thoughts on this?
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    Sweet518
    October 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Probably because it’s a bit gimmicky, yeah it’s fun at first especially with your friends and it lets you feel like a Rock God especially after a few drinks, but it’s never going to replace the real guitar.

    Fun at first, gets boring very quickly, real guitars better.

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    Emily
    October 24, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Good Observation.
    I think it was just one of those things, it was a fad and everyone ran out and got these kinds of games even if they had no idea what they were, then people probably got bored of them, playing the same songs over and over, for the most part. A new fad has replaced it, I don’t really know much about the gaming world so I don’t know what “up”ed the music games.

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