Save Journey from the poorly-pixelated hamburgers!
It’s common knowledge that I don’t much care for the Guitar Hero series of videogames. And I’m doubly pissed that the fake "Rock Band-Band" keeps hijacking my precious VH1 Classic. You wanna hang out with your friends and bash out classic rock songs? Buy some cheap gear and clear out the basement, like real human beings.
I know, I know, it’s a goddamn special thrill to wield a crappy piece of plastic and pretend that you’re (a decently-rendered avatar of) Slash. But Guitar Hero and its spawn aren’t the first electronic games to feature popular musicians. Back in the early ’80s, I thrilled at the Atari 2600 game featuring everyone’s favorite Sopranos scene-stealers, Journey. And there were more, too. Anyone remember the Aerosmith arcade game where you fought fascist overlords with a gun that fired CDs?
Maybe you don’t. That’s cool: Wired has kindly published an overview of the most memorable rock star-themed games ever released. And by memorable I mean, worthy of a few post-ironic guffaws.
In other news, we’re about to entertain a few family members for the holiday. If there’s an unusual lull in posts, that’s why. Hell, maybe I’ll make my mom write something. As a regular reader, she’s probably got our tone down cold.