Words By Jason Hortillas
It was inevitable. Activision, video game house of the world wide smash Guitar Hero has now added the turntable to their arsenal of “fake instruments.” DJ Hero is set to drop for the company’s Fall lineup.
The company’s groundbreaking DJ Hero expands Guitar Hero’s signature social gaming to all-new consumers with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance. Introducing an all-new innovative turntable controller, DJ Hero transforms players into DJs who rule the club scene by creating original mixes of popular songs and music from the world’s most exciting artists and DJs.
Initially I thought to myself, “Oh great. Now you’ll see celebs looking corny trying to scratch like JMJ.”
But I see a silver lining. With Guitar Hero, I came to realize that all the kids who played the game got an unintentional primer on Classic Rock, Punk, Metal and Grunge. With the turntablist game barely gasping for air and with the youth needing an injection of some Hip-Hop 101, I hope DJ Hero has the same results. When a twelve-year-old can build on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” with his Pops after playing Guitar Hero. I can only hope the same for a Hip-Hop discussion.