Monday, November 12, 2007
Guitar Hero vs. Guitar Dilettante
Last night, we went over to some friends' house for dinner. The friends had a Wii set up, and when I found out that they had Guitar Hero, I admitted I'd been curious about the game. Bede is the gamer, not I, so I wasn't surprised that he did a lot better at the game than I did. After 10 minutes of hitting colored buttons to play "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Smoke on the Water," a little nagging thought nudged me and said, "You know, this game isn't making you a better guitar player."
"I know," I replied to the little thought. "What I'd really like is an electric guitar, but there's no way I could ever justify the expense or find room in my house."
"But Blogapotamus Rex's husband, the Rock Star, managed to fit 15 guitars on a houseboat," the little thought reminded me.
"Yeah," I said, "but the Rock Star was in a band that played actual concerts, plus he's actually pretty good. Professional guitarists need lots of guitars!"
The little thought had no answer for that. After all, the little thought had no money to offer to fund my hobbies.