Being good at Guitar Hero is really cool for about 15 seconds worth of fame. You know, like when you go to a party and you’re the most sober one there and all these drunken REAL guitar players are like “OMGZ let’s play this shit!” and they suck hard and then you, quietly, unassumingly, take up the controller and blaze through the song of choice on expert level rocking the crap out of everyone there who immediately begin to gawk and cheer you on through the very end.
Then they realize you’re sober and jeer you out of the room.
The only awesome part about being good at Guitar Hero is Rock Band which suggests that you at least have enough social skills to have similarly geeky friends.
Yes, Rock Band is a sweet party game (almost as cool as Mario Kart 64). Yes, if you always insist on obsessively playing ONLY the guitar and getting ONLY 5 stars on expert level people will no longer think you’re cool but instead on of “those” people with too much time on their hands. Let us work on moderation, people…
On the other hand, Guitar Hero is an awesome music game with a great conceptual design. Buy it for your kids and friends because they will love you for it. Buy YOURSELF rock band and pretend you’re a superstar, while honing your concepts of rhythm and singing along to bad 90s rock. You know you want to.