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I'm not a huge music person (or audiophile if you prefer) but
every now and then I'll hear a song on the radio that really gets me pumped up.
Usually when this happens there is a reason for it, and that reason is because
I've played the song before. Yep. It's true. Live and in concert. Okay, maybe
not really. But it's felt like I've played it before.
I miss Rock Band.
And I miss Guitar Hero.
Now I know (or think I know) why these games (and the
companies behind them) sort of disappeared from the charts after extorting so
much money out of us. I get it. But that doesn't mean I don't miss getting the
periodic updates and new songs for download.
I always fancied Rock Band over Guitar Hero. We used to play
the game as a family and I was always impressed with how it supported
multiple players with multiple instruments. And the song selections...equally impressive. There were a number
of songs from various genres and timeframes. If I were going to pick my
favorite songs (in terms of listening AND playing)...
"Dani California" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000s, Rock)
"Wanted Dead or Alive" - Bon Jovi (1980s, Rock)
"In Bloom" - Nirvana (1990s, Alternative)
"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden (1990s, Rock)
"Enter Sandman" - Metallica (1990s, Metal)
These are the songs I not only enjoyed listening to but also
Of course there are so many more bonus tracks and
downloadable tracks available that are worthwhile and deserved to be mentioned
but I'll spare you the details of having to listen to me drone on about them.
So how do we go from having several of these games released
per year - with bigger names, better licenses, and more popular songs being
featured with every episode...to quite the opposite - almost nothing at all?
What's even more perplexing is the popularity these games
still seem to possess...despite not getting the frequent releases. I've had the
opportunity to attend a few events where these types of games have a huge
presence. Either there are "bands" who cover the many different songs while
entertaining the crowds, or there is a stage with all the instruments set up
and gamers can take turns playing while entertaining the crowd. Either way,
the crowds always seemed entertained by these games and the people playing them
always seem to be having fun.
Since I'm sitting here dreaming about a new Rock Band or
Guitar Hero game, I might as well go ahead and mention a few tracks I'd like to
see included in this imaginary game I'm dreaming of...
"Get Your Shine On" - Florida Georgia Line: Hey...what can I
say...Southern by the grace of God.
"All Summer Long" - Kid Rock: Reminds me of my teenage
years, although I was a good boy.
"Radioactive" - Imagine Dragons: This song just rocks. Would
be perfect for this game. Awesome.
"Roar" - Katy Perry: Hey don't judge me...but there is just
something about this song I love.
"Gangnam Style" - PSY: Not sure how it would be to play, but
it's just such a fun little tune.
"I Will Wait" -
Mumford & Sons: Another great song I think would be great to listen to and
"Ho Hey" - The Lumineers: For so many reasons...none I want to
share though, heh heh.
You know a game (and a song) is special when it can move a
person who isn't really all that attracted to music to pick up a controller
shaped like a guitar and transform him into a rock star. While I may have grown
tired of the frequent releases when these games were at the height of their
popularity, I now long for the day when they tour again. Surely they weren't a
one hit wonder.