Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Musicians: Lay Off, its just a toy!

Its been multiple years since I even read my own blog here, let alone post to it. But I need to rant.

I love Rock Band. I love Guitar Hero.

Do you know what I don't love right now? Musicians.

Articles like this one on Slate just dredge up all the issues that these games have created.

The condescension that real-life musicians seem to bring to every RB/GH conversation is really getting on my nerves. I just want them to relax and let the rest of us pretend for a while. Its a toy, you know? Their base line assumption is that by playing these toy instruments, somehow we think we are playing the real ones. I guess this puts us in the category of posers in their mind. Many of us can't play instruments or arent musically talented.

So please, musicians, let me have my pretend music. Let me enjoy a video game and my toy drum set. Let me be escapist. Stop complaining that Rock Band's songs aren't realistic. They are fun. Stop saying I should just learn to play on my own. I won't.

And if you can't relax and enjoy yourselves, then you wont be invited to my next Rock Band party.


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