Rock Band III comes out today!

26 Oct

Songs I’m most excited about:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody: Queen
  • Du Hast: Rammstein
  • Get Up, Stand Up: Bob Marley and the Wailers
  • I Love Rock ‘n Roll: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • Rehab: Amy Winehouse
  • Walk of Life: Dire Straits

RBIII supposedly includes a keytar option. While keytars can be kinda dorky in real life, video game keytars are infinitely cool. New songs, new instruments…I love Rock Band. It brings video games to the masses, to the people who’d never play Super Smash because it’s too geeky but will still belt out 80’s ballads in Rock Band.

 

Caution: more awesome than it may initially appear.

 

Plus, I think this game is totally a stepping stone to learning to play real instruments via video games. Everyone knows that the worst part about learning to play a musical instrument is the required hours of practice that are necessary in order to develop any sort of skill. Luckily, we all do that anyway every single time we playa video game, and it’s easy to play for hours without even realizing it. (I’d cite the stories of people who didn’t move for weeks while playing WoW or attempting to beat all the FF games in a row, but that’s overkill).

You could easily teach people to read music (with notes in fun colours) at higher levels of the game. If my little brother can play the Dragonforce ‘Through the Fire and the Flames’ solo on Expert Guitar, his skinny little fingers can definitely be trained to move similarly fast for Chopin.

I can’t wait until we can learn classical piano through a Rock Band-like video game.

Fortissimo = Star Power?

Damper pedal = whammy bar?

Rock Bach!

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