I don't know how everyone feels about the video game "Guitar Hero", but it put a fire under MY ass.
I bought the whole World Tour package for my son's 12th birthday last October. I not only got my son turned on to some REALLY GREAT music, I got myself addicted to the playing the "drums".
One day I decided that I NEEDED to have the Metallica game, and that my son needed to hear what they were BEFORE they sold out.
My name is RaVen, and I'm an addict
I am not a fan of video games at all. I haven't played one since the original Playstation came out. Guitar Hero on XBOX360 not only had me hooked, I was truely ADDICTED.
Since it only came with one "guitar", which I could NEVER get ahold of because if my son wasn't playing it, my husband WAS. So I got to be the "drummer"
I have NEVER been addicted to ANYTHING, not drugs, not drinking, NOTHING, EVER. Apparently, drums are my poison.
An 18 Hour Jam
Yes, you read that correctly. I played "drums" for 18 HOURS STRAIGHT! Tappa, tappa, tappa, thump, thump, tappa, tick, thump, tappa, tappa, tappa, tick, thump.... and the occaisional ping ping pinginging "OH SHIT MY STICK!" would be heard as one would fly out of my hand and ricochet around the room.
That is what kept a pillow wrapped around hubby's head at night so he could TRY to sleep. I wasn't stopping till I had 5 stars on EVERY song on that Metallica game, then I was going to go for 5 gold stars! I was KICKING ASS and going for the gold! Then "it" happened....
I Grenaded My Drums
I don't know if anyone else will admit getting trapped in this vortex of video insanity, but I KNOW I am not alone.
When you play "Metallica" you PLAY those "drums". I have literally, knocked the drum kit over hitting a crash cymbal. If it was hit hard in the song, I hit it just as hard on my "kit". I did the same thing with every "drum" as well. In my mind they would somehow be louder if I hit them harder. I am telling you, I was magically transformed into Lars when I played A GAME!
That "drum kit" lasted a whole 16 days before the "red drum" was beaten to DEATH. It was beaten into the shape of a bowl, I could have eaten soup out of it LOL!
You would THINK that the XBOX people would have had thought this out a little better, when designing the drums. Either NONE of them had heard Metallica before, or the designers were chimps.
Luckily, or so I thought, there was a "guarantee" on the drums. I called customer service, and was asked, "are you sure it is not working?". I told the woman, "YES, I KNOW when a rubber drum pad is NOT lighting up the little blip on a TV screen". Then I was then asked if I was hitting it hard enough . I had just told her 2 minutes earlier that I BEAT IT TO DEATH!
She told me what to do to get it replaced. So I shipped off the 2 little plastic cymbal "elbow mounts", and waited like a junkie for my new drums.
I NEED A FIX MAN!
I was jonesing for a fix the day after I sent off the little elbows. I was losing it! I needed to play, so, I picked up the "guitar". That too was f'd up, the flipper/strum bar was starting to go. I used it anyway, it wasn't that bad, you just had to hit it just right. I ordered another guitar IMMEDIATELY before I was stuck with just the mic. I was shocked at how much a FAKE PLASTIC GUITAR costs. I found one on Ebay for 25 bucks, the only catch was, it was an Aerosmith guitar (and game). I HATE AEROSMITH! Steven Tylers mouth freaks me out, it scares me. I was a Guitar Hero junkie, so I HAD to buy it.
I'm a GUITAR HERO now!
Now there I was, sitting in front of a TV screen, playing Metallica on a plastic guitar. I was 15 stars away from a PERFECT score but that DAMN FLIPPER kept me from my fame and fortune.
Fast forward 3 days.. The new "guitar" arrives, and OH so much better! Then a few days later, my drums arrive, YEAY! Back to being a "drummer". In the time I am playing drums, son and hubby play the new guitar, and in no time, I have another broke guitar. This one with a f'd up button . I was now 2 stars from being an imaginary Rock Star. I just needed to get "Whiplash" up from 3 to 5 and I was the QUEEN OF METAL . Didn't happen, neither guitar was able to respond as fast as I played.
$60 bucks for a FAKE GUITAR?
SNOWBALLS CHANCE IN HELL! Not spending $60 on a FAKE PLASTIC GUITAR that will break in a month! I used to play a REAL guitar, WHAT THE HELL is wrong with me! I have 2 acoustic guitars right there, leaning on the wall!! I need an electric one
Back to the internet I go. I wasn't looking to spend a fortune, or even a brand name. My only requirement was it had to be a "Strat" type. I found one used for less than the fake plastic one . Supposedly, the pick guard was scratched OMG, NOT THE PICK GUARD! LMFAO!
I bought it, it arrived, UPS cracked the head. I called the place I got it from and told them it was cracked. Not a bad crack, did not effect the guitar. I could either snap the little piece off and sand it or glue it. I just wanted them to let UPS know what "Fragile" and "Do NOT CRUSH" meant. I got a $15 credit!! So, now I have spent a whole $35. Turns out the pick guard was NOT scratched at all. The protective plastic that some dope never removed was, but it was PERFECT! HA HA!
If a VIDEO GAME inspired me to pick up the guitar AGAIN, I wonder how many kids it has inspired to play a real one for the first time???