If you’ve ever lived with me or around me in the last 5 years+ then you understand the love I have for the game “Rock Band.” (I also love the Guitar Hero games, but only 1-4) Anyways, I adore this game series. I have a ridiculous amount of songs in Rock Band 3 (around 600) because I’ve downloaded songs, but I’ve also exported all of the other exportable games (Rock Band 1+2, Green Day: Rock Band, and Lego: Rock Band). I also own Beatles: Rock Band.
Now, I don’t have the best singing voice. I would never go on American Idol or anything like that, but the Rock Band series has accomplished their goal with me. Every time I pick up those plastic instruments (at this point they’re so old and spotty that I do the best I can. 😀 ) and I plug in that microphone (on my mic-stand) I feel like a Rock Star. This is something that I pretty much will NEVER accomplish outside of the game.
Do I have vocal talent? Some. Country and Green Day songs seem to be my sweet spot. Although, anything with a British accent is usually something I can do pretty good as well. Do I have talent with instruments? Some drums, but I only learned those from Rock Band and watching their pro-mode (my drums have since died). The thing is, I’ll never find myself on a stage in front of millions of people for my musical skills, but Rock Band lets me do that vicariously from the comfort of my room, and usually with lots of friends involved. (Saucey, Tyler, everyone else; you know who you are. :] )
When I played this game at the dorms I lived in (and that was often) one of the things someone said to me was that I had a “god-awful” voice. Not only was I hurt, but I let them know that they were missing the point. At the end of the day, I don’t play Rock Band to show off to people. I play it because it’s a game, and it’s incredibly fun and immersive. I dare you to play a set-list of more than 5 songs and not feel like you’re the headliner at a concert somewhere playing your greatest hits.
Rock Band has literally changed my life. It’s an escape. It’s an outlet for stress. It’s relaxation at it’s finest. It can accommodate almost any emotion and make things better. This is why I keep downloading songs. This is why I keep buying the games. This is why, if they ever make one that doesn’t work with legacy tracks, I’ll end up keeping my Xbox 360. It’s brought joy to me and my friends countless times, and the rule I have when playing with large groups are these: 1. If you’re singing, you actually have to sing the lyrics and 2. I don’t care if you guys play right, just have fun.
We’ve blared the songs to the heavens and rocked out many a time and those are memories I’ll cherish forever. This is the power of Rock (Band)!