Am I cool?

There’s an article in Word magazine (I refuse to call it ‘The Word’, as it’s now called, because that’s stupid) this month about Guitar Hero. It’s entirely in praise of the game, obviously, because it’s excellent. And I say that as someone who’s rubbish at the game – and indeed all games which require any sort of rhythmic ability.

But what the article points out is that Guitar Hero has cast a fresh new light on emulating classic rock bands, and brought playing the guitar out of the bedroom. It has given a new lease of life to rock dinosaurs like Foghat, introduced them to a new generation, maybe even made them ‘cool’.

When did this happen? When did games contribute to making something more socially acceptable? These are crazy days we live in. Not to mention crazy (crazy crazy crazy) nights…

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