Oasis: "Playing A Guitar Is Not A 'Expletive Removed' Video Game"
Gaming has come a long way, and for the very first time in the industry's history, we are finally experiencing something akin to virtual reality in the music/rhythm genre. We play plastic musical instruments in Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and while it's the current explosion that's sweeping the world, some professional musicians still think distinctions need to be made.
Take, for example, Oasis head man Noel Gallagher, who quite frankly says that "playing a guitar is not a f***ing videogame." In speaking to Total Guitar magazine, Gallagher first admitted to never playing Guitar Hero, but also added that any way to put music in the hands of kids "has to be a good thing." The part of these sentiments that's going to ruffle a few feathers in the industry is, of course, the "kid" part. Here's what Gallagher had to say:
"When I meet kids I always say to them playing a guitar is not a f*cking videogame, there is no level to get to. You'll never master it and you'll never complete the game."
And as for Activision's blockbuster music franchise, Gallagher said he's "never heard of it," even though there's an Oasis song in Rock Band. He also says that something like Guitar Hero has to be better than traditional video games, because it's only "harmless fun" and a more reasonable option than "somebody getting their f***ing head chopped off with a samurai sword while getting f***ed by a goblin up the arse with a laser." ...er, we haven't played that one, but perhaps it's a new downloadable title that we haven't seen yet. Sometimes, it's just interesting to see how far out of the loop certain people are.
1/27/2009 Ben Dutka