Saturday, December 30, 2006

Shredding, Slamming Fun


Yeah, I'm closer to 40 than 14, but that doesn't mean I can't pretend to be in that band I always wanted to be in.
And no, I can't play the guitar for real, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the tar out of this game. In fact, that's the whole POINT.
The second version of this Playstation 2 diversion, called Guitar Hero as you can see here, just came out, but I'm too busy woodshedding on a borrowed version of the first one to care about that yet. At first, I sucked so thoroughly the game kicked me out of the song and the crowd booed. Yet now, I can successfully hit 80-96% of the notes on average of tunes ranging from Boston's "More Than A Feeling" to Audioslave's "Cochise."
The cool thing is, songs you don't even like much and dismiss as crap, you get new respect for when you try to play them. You also learn how Nikki Sixx must have felt when his fingers and forearms ached from the amount of rockin' he was doing, but his paycheck at the end of the night was only $100. (Yep, I need a new manager.)
I suppose Slash isn't losing sleep over my impending guitar goddesshood, but it's still a hella lot of fun.
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"I've got blisters on my fingers!!!" -- John Lennon

15 comments:

Helga von porno said...

Do you end up able to play the guitar outside the game? I'm thinking brain surgery, or perhaps more technically difficult: Jesus miracles. First you become obsessed by a computer game, then six month's down the line you are feeding Five Thousand poor folk of South London on just Seven Battered Cod and five portions of chips. Or 85% of that.

Ari said...

I don't know, Helga, because I don't own a guitar and I've never really tried. I'd love to come to London just to TRY doing that.

zen wizard said...

Rock on!!

Ari said...

Thanks, Zen Wizard! I shall!

The Unseen One said...

My brother-in-law has the first game. Much fun.

Violet said...

That's pretty cool. I have a couple of friends who sporadically try to teach themselves how to play guitar. I wonder if they know about this game...

Let me know when you'll be appearing in concert!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I wish you could buy a brain implant "music package" that gives you the ability to play an instrument.

Ari said...

The cool thing is, NH, that my friends are about to get Guitar Hero Two. Woo hoo!!! ;)

I suppose I'll eventually be one of those people, Violet, but for now, this will do.

Me too, LBB. This is the next best thing, I promise.

Amandarama said...

This needs to come out for Xbox-360, like, yesterday.

So...jealous...

Ari said...

I hope it does, Amanda. I just played "Crazy on You" and it is not for sissies. :)

Azathoth said...

Heh. Rock on little 80's girl, rock on!

Ari said...

I intend to, Aza. :)

Steven Novak said...

The only thing Slash is losing sleep over is whether or not he has to work the late shift at the local grocery store next weekend. ;)

Steve~

Ari said...

Oh, now see, Steve, you shouldn't speak ill of the Guitar Gods like that. You might wake up with a sudden inability to get the opening riff of "Sweet Child 'O Mine" out of your head.

DoodeedoodooDEEdoDEEdo!!
DoodeedoodooDEEdoDEEdo!!

Ari said...

UPDATE! Two years later, I have learned that it was not John but Ringo that uttered that phrase.

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