September 22, 2009


Am I Crazy?

I'm sure you'll all tell me if I am.

But, on the news the other night was the story of a lad, perhaps 11 or so, who had Guitar Heroed his way into the Guinness Book of Records for playing the video game for something like 62 hours straight. I'm too lazy to look it up. I may be wrong about the time.

For those who don't know it, Guitar Hero is this thing you plug into a gaming console, which is plugged into your TV. Your flat screen TV that should be displaying House or The Office or Jeopardy, but is instead displaying this goofy fake rock concert. A child, or a large manchild, clutches a plastic guitar and rocks out.

You get points for hitting the right little spots on the toy guitar. It's like air guitar without the air. Or real guitar without the talent. Its appeal is actually quite mysterious, except those who love it can convince themselves they have learned a skill.

That's my 'Am I Crazy?' question. This kid is being hailed as a hero - sorry, a Guitar Hero - and they ask if he can play the guitar, for real. Er, no. Not a lick. He says he tried, but it was too hard.

We have Guitar Hero. Somewhere. The kids tired of it after the first summer. Little kids play with it if they come over, but Christer has said he's like to get another real guitar soon. He had an electric guitar for awhile, now would like an acoustic.

But the kid on the news? He said he got 'so good' cough at Guitar Hero by practicing for hours and hours.

Man, am I so old I'm the only one who thinks your kid should be putting 'hours and hours' of practice into something real? A game as a diversion on the weekends is fine, but becoming a world class fake guitar player before you need to shave is a little disturbing.

Isn't it?

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is disturbing.

September 22, 2009 2:56 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

I think for that some people, video games hold the same allure that a slot machine does for a problem gambler - a way to shut out the real world and all its reponsibilities.

And where were the kid's parents? Trying for the Guinness Book record for ignoring what your kid is up to?

September 22, 2009 3:16 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

When I was young, my next door neighbor, Rhonda, got into the Guiness World Record book by snapping her fingers for an untold number of hours, this was in the 1970s or early 1980s. It seems to be all about quantity, not quality.
Playing Guitar Hero seems to be an innocent way to spend time, but I'd think doing the real thing would be more fun. Now... is Lorraine crazy? I'll get back to you on that, LOL

September 22, 2009 4:09 PM  
Blogger Deven said...

One of my kid's teachers was Steve Weibe of "The King of Kong"...ah fame(?).

I never quite knew what to make of that.

September 22, 2009 7:05 PM  
Blogger DJ said...

On one hand...
...while he was spending countless hours practicing to break the world record, he wasn't vandalizing his neighbourhood.

On the other hand...
...my kids don't have a game console of any sort, and between them play more than eight real instruments.

Interesting sidebar, he won by plying Van Halen, but can't play real guitar. Eddie Van Halen, when contacted for comment, admits he can't play Guitar Hero.

I'd rather watch Ozzie's Nephew.

DJW

BTW...Lorraine Crazy? The jury is still out.

September 22, 2009 7:22 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Oh.my.god....Tequila and Donuts has made a guest appearance on my blog. I am so flattered you have no idea!

You get a big blog posting here tomorrow...

Anyway. If the teachers are doing this, we're all going to hell...kill me now.

September 22, 2009 7:23 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I was worried DJ was gonna run out of hands.

Finger snapping? Really? Finger snapping? She could have been Laurie Partridge...

September 22, 2009 7:24 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Thanks, DJ. Here's Jackson's latest offering. He's 10 and not shaving either. This, however is very real!
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dh_zyW0W-7Uw%26feature%3Dautofb&h=cfcaf8413deb5ee366024972911ce2b7
With apologies to Ms. Sommerfeld...

September 23, 2009 7:56 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

While the subject may have been rhetorical, no... you are not -- on this topic, at any rate.

September 23, 2009 12:13 PM  

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