I’ve never been one to fancy Guitar Hero.
For one thing, it’s too hard for me. I don’t have the hand-eye coordination or the patience to learn it. Aside from that, I’ve always felt the game should be called Guitar Loser because that’s what you become when get sucked into the pop-drinking, pizza-eating, cheap plastic lifestyle required to be a so-called ‘Hero.’ Plus, (I know this is like saying “You’ll shoot your eye out” about a Red Ryder BB-Gun), for the price people pay for the game, guitars and PS3, they could have a damn Les Paul.
And lessons. And a life.
All jokes aside though, the tables are turning in my favor.
Activision, the makers of the popular Guitar Hero games, have announced that they’re in the process of making DJ Hero, essentially 1’s and 2’s for your game console. It’s supposedly going to have two tables and a fader, all on a wireless platform. It will also be compatible with Guitar Hero, for those of you who want to get your Linkin Park on.
Turning people’s ambitions into video games is a clever marketing ploy, but will it work?
Aside from cheaper equipment, in both meanings of the phrase, I can’t see this being so different from really DJ’ing, especially if there’s a practice mode. I know it’s not gonna have all the knobs and gizmos, or a preferential song selection to establish your own set-list. But wouldn’t you still be learning the essentials of spinning? Timing, cross-fading, beat matching, etc.?
To me, this sounds like a good idea. Unlike Guitar Hero, where none of the skills carry over at all, this game might actually help you learn the basics…something I’ve always wanted to do, but could never afford.
When DJ Hero finally drops, probably sometime next year, we’re either going to have a bunch of upstart turntable junkies or a bunch of fat slobs with quick hands.
Sign me up.