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Guitar hero/Rock band whatís the appeal?

I feel like Iím missing something, on the outside looking in and my mind is unable to fathom what is going on. I donít understand why everyone loves Guitar hero/Rock band so much and I donít.

Now having played DDR and guitar hero I donít understand the appeal of the gameplay. All there is to these games is pattern memorisation and nothing more, if you play it enough times and memorise the song patterns you will nail the songs. Fair enough, but if youíre going to spend that long working on pattern memorisation why would you not just pick up a real guitar?

Which brings me to another point, if this game was played on a conventional controller (I know there would be problems with translating it effectively) no one would play it, it would lose the majority of its appeal, the reason being that the big appeal of GH3/Rock band is that you get to hold a crappy little plastic guitar and pretend to rock out. Its only a slight evolution on putting on a CD and strumming a tennis racquet.

I Guess what Iím saying is before you fork out the money on GH3 or Rock band, pause and think; with this money I could buy a guitar and using the hours saved by not playing GH3/RB learn to play it, do something creative, original and worthwhile. OR will you spend it on a soulless parody and condemn yourself to acting like this:

Perhaps Iím just a killjoy, I donít like karaoke either. But can someone please explain what it is that Iím missing?
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