But why do I play it so often? In fact, I just finished up a session on it before coming up to write this. After pondering my borderline-obsession with the game for a while, I've come to the conclusion that it's a combination of two things: GHIII is one of the few games I can do very well in, and it's FUN to practice. Those factors go hand-in-hand: I'm good at it because I've practiced so much, and I practiced so much because it was fun to play when I first started.
Most games I'm not too talented at because I get frustrated and stop trying to improve. There have been a few exceptions, Super Smash Bros. being the most notable, but for the most part, if I'm not having fun and don't feel like I'm improving, I just give up on it. Guitar Hero first attracted me because it gives you specific benchmarks for how well you're doing. If you beat certain songs that you couldn't pass before, you know you've improved. If you hit more notes, and can do it more consistently, you're improving.
Because I could easily see my progress, I kept wanting to work farther into the game - past Easy, then Medium, then making the jump to Hard and Expert. Also, it keeps track of your progress in certain sections of individual songs, so it's far simpler to know what to work on when you're trying to progress farther. If I see that I'm missing parts with lots of heavy chords, then I need to work on that particular skill. Then, when I do succeed in passing a hard song that I've worked seemingly forever on, the satisfaction is incredible. When I passed my first Expert song, I was so happy, I showed it off to everyone I could find! I didn't care for once that my younger brother had passed it months before; I was excited that I had just made it that far with the power of my own two hands.
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