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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

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Alienange
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 9:58:22 PM
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This clown's more than not in the loop. His head's in the friggin' sand. "When I meet kids..." Damn near killed myself laughing at that one.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:20:33 PM
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Well as a musician myself, I can say it's good ol' fun to play them games, but no one and I mean no one can say that they can play the real deal when they are completely different things. I can understand the snobbery of his statement, but he should loosen up. Other than that, no one better say they can F**king play Guitar Hero and say they can master a real guitar :P. J/k.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:21:15 PM
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well, the only thing i hate is when people say "some songs are harder on guitar hero than playing the original song".

It pisses me off so much. i bet most of the people who say it haven't even touched/tried playing a real guitar.

PS.(off topic) Yo Ben, When is the Best of the Best:ps2 Overall poll gonna end? i think its been almost a month already since that started?..

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:42:38 PM

Most people I know that play real guitar, cant play guitar hero worth anything. They are just used to having to move their fingers up and down the neck instead of just hitting buttons. That's what makes it harder.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:49:52 PM

But if they get used to it, in like. a few days or even sooner. They'll get it. But when you just started to play a guitar in A couple of days, it still has that begginer sound to it. ot wont sound as perfect as you want it to be.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:08:02 PM

I can play a couple of the songs on GH using an actual guitar but i can barely make it through the song using the GH guitar. Reptilia by The Strokes took me about a dozen tried to get through on GH:3 with the hard setting, but i learned the song rather quickly on my real guitar.
Anyway...
Im glad kinds play games like GH and RB. It gets them interested in playing/writing music instead of just listening to it.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:17:35 PM

well thats the thing. In the real guitar, you can't fail. Unless your on-stage performing, and u suck a$$ and people start booing you. So you can't really compare the two. Thats why i agree with Gallagher, playing the guitar isn't a video game. there are no levels, and you can't beat it. In guitar hero, only the structure of the guitar controller is the same. But playing the real thing is waaaaayyyy different.

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Godslim
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:55:55 AM

well i remember trying to play entersandman on rock band and i failed so bad but i can play it flawlessly on real guitar because i have become really good at guitar. playing real guitar is so different from hitting some plastic buttons!

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Phoelix
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:27:48 PM
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A good amount of the songs on Rock Band and Guitar Hero are quite easy to play on the real instrument.

No joke, I can play the intro to "The Number of the Beast" and I've been playing for less than a month.

I hate when people make outlandish comments based entirely on ignorance.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:37:36 PM

Yeah, that songs easy, but way easier on guitar hero/rock band. And its way different, you can't even compare guitar hero and real guitar playing. The only similarity between them is they are both music related. You dont make music with guitar hero :P

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:40:51 PM

Actually, eLLeJuss, you can make your own music. :)

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:51:37 PM

In guitar hero/rock band? you can do that now?

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:44:29 AM

I know you can do it on guitar hero world tour.

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Schmitty
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:36:42 PM
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its true....i play bass and some songs are harder on rock band bass then the real thing

and i completley agree Phoelix

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Godslim
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:57:02 AM

its coz we are so used to playing guitar

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:40:05 PM
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This guy will never be a Dave Mustaine, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmi Hindrix, or Stevie Ray Vaugn. Maybe that's what he's pissed about.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:31:55 AM

Exactly... He's probably never seen a guitar controller.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 10:45:47 PM
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Oh, and i agree with Gallagher. Playing guitar is not a video game :). Guitar hero/Rock Band is good because it makes kids interested in music. He should just rephrase what he said and cut a bit on the curses. It would make his statement sound a bit better.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:36:49 PM
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Did anyone ever say that playing a real guitar was a video game? Err no.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:40:28 PM

Well alot of kids think that it is. thats why he's probably telling em that. You know those kids who think that just because they are good in guitar hero, think they are gonna be good in playing the real thing..

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Shatterday
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:37:15 PM
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Wondwerwall and Champaign Supernova...
I just can't bring myself to talk about about anyone from this band :-/

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Landser1
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 @ 11:41:15 PM
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''...how far out of the loop certain people are.'' Be careful there boy, for when it comes to music, that man knows what he's talking about, how much do you know?

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pavlovic
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 12:10:51 AM
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Damn, I thought that I was going to record a CD soon *sigh*

For statements like this I can't stand Oasis and the Gallaghers

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:09:28 AM

For many reasons I cannot stand Oasis. I struggle to recall a single song of theirs I can put up with.

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Jed
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:03:08 AM
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Hey says f*** to little kids?

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KevinCairo
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:17:44 AM
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It's so obnoxious to get overly defensive about the sanctity of real instruments as if Guitar Hero and Rock Band threaten to overshadow musicianship.
"Dude, you play guitar? Oh, my bad, I mistook you playing a little 3/4 size plastic guitar for the real thing, but I guess that's even cooler and more useful and artistic and expressive and just better in every single way."

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:30:02 AM

Lol the GH ones aren't even 3/4 size.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:28:26 AM
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Guitar and GH/Rock Band are actually not too far apart. Well, of course the real thing is more complex, but you still need agile fingers, and it's the same kind of idea. Once you get the feel of all the strings and can easily move to frets, the guitar can be easier than the game. Now, of course this does not include many hard rock/metal songs and solos.

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Godslim
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:59:20 AM
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The point is its so much more fun and rewarding to play real guitar and be good hitting some plastic buttons might be fun but it just doesnt compare its more for people who cant play guitar.

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CreamCracker
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 6:10:03 AM
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this "guy" is patetic!

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 6:46:54 AM
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Playing guitar on RB is by FAR more difficult than playing a real one. Have you used that damn strum bar?

Thanks goodness they patched the GH3 guitar to work in RB...

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 6:58:49 AM
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What a moron. To my knowledge no one said that playing guitar was a game. We just like to experience the feel of being a rockstar. Games like Guitar Hero are not about cheapening guitar playing, but rather about hero worship and allowing people to be closer to their heroes.
Neol Gallagher should get a copy of GHWT and play a song on it by his favorite artists. He'll soon realize that it's just like playing along to your favorite tracks with a guitar, but without having to spend years getting good enough to feel it. It makes the experience far more accessible and it My Gallagher cares for anyone but himself, he'll see that it a good thing.

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Naga
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:07:15 AM

Maybe he was brutally beaten on Guitar Hero? or maybe he's trying to gain attention

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daylight_dies
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 7:41:59 AM
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hahaha that guy should just stop talking permenantly... every statement he makes about anything he seems to have no clue... take the jay-z at glasto thing aswell... moron!

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CH1N00K
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 7:54:52 AM
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What do you expect to hear from a guy who at one point claimed that Oasis was "bigger than the bloody Beetles!" And then couldn't understand why people through things at him during concerts....lol

He should be happy that thanks to games like Rockband and Guitar hero, people are willing to pay money again to listen/play to his songs instead of just downloading them for free..

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jonny_bolton
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 8:11:01 AM
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Someone really needs to get Noel signed up to video game design! We might get some originality if his off the cuff remarks are anything to go by!

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Naga
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:00:07 AM
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There's just someting about Rock Band keeps me shredding Kick ass coloured rectangles maybe its the inclusion of Music LIKE EVILE !!!

LOL But Noel Gallagher he's probably pissed that Manchester City are going down to the championship ROFL so it's surprise a statement like this came up. LOL like video games are for kids why should this ever be mentioned?

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shreevin
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:07:24 AM
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WHEW!! I'm glad my eyes have been opened. I was about to go out, buy a real guitar and go right on tour because I kick ass on GH. Now I definitely won't because it's not a GAME! Guess I can get rid of all that alcohol and heroin.

Wait...oh no! My world is crumbling! Are you telling me that I can't actually beat Tiger Woods in a game of golf? And I'm really not the sharp shooter that COD tells me I am? I CAN'T SAVE THE WORLD FROM ALIEN INVADERS!!!

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sicomatic
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:56:05 AM

very funny Shreevin! Singstar was telling me i was a fantastic singer so why is no one giving me a recording contract?

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N a S a H
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 10:39:38 AM
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Everyone should just ignore him... Oasis used to be good but recently they're really starting to annoy me.

IMO their downfall started after they released The Importance Of Being Idol. Ever since then, it has been downhill.

As if he'd never heard of GH. There's an ad on TV every 2 minutes FFS.

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coverton341
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 11:21:39 AM
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DUDE!!!!!

That game where you get gang raped by a bunch of goblins with laser beam vag-hammers is the best.

I am glad to see that someone else of stature could bring it up in casual conversation.

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ShamRock
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:09:20 PM
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I was in the 7th grade when wonderwall and champagne supernova came out.That is the last time i heard of them. Why is anybody even interviewing this guy,he isnt 1 of the greats. R.I.P Dimebag

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 1:27:52 PM
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Noel sounds like he comes from a long list of face painters.

Yup, he's preaching gaming hate, but I think it's just because he's from Homie the Clown's side of the family, rather than Happy's, or Bozo's kinfolk"

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coverton341
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 3:29:33 PM

Hey I liked Homie the clown dammit. "Homie don't play that"

By the way that is one nasty chihuahua with a bad meth addiction.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 4:38:59 PM
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LOL, In Living Color, loved that show, epecially Jim Carey, the arsonistic Fire Chief!

Not a meth service dog, just one mean lil junkyard dog that's got the spirit of Lucifer in him. He's holding a Drano filled hypo for someone just in case someone calls him a son-of-a-bitch(even though he truly is).

I've got two more great insane dog logo's too.
One's a great dane that so evil, he's trying to swing around to nueter himself, his teeth only gnashing inches away from his dangling nuts.
The third one is a straight-on view of a rabid pitbull 1/2 way into a leap from a full tilt run, to rip someone's face off.

Shame the other two won't work here, cause the pic size requirement's here distort the pics too much to even recognize what they are.

Hell, for the same reason, I can't even use my logo pic of me holding my Harley, with the old Simon Templer's "The Saint" logo that I originally wanted to use here.

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coverton341
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 5:29:07 PM

The aspect of a dog in possession of a Drano point is very unsettling to say the lest

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Banky A
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 7:11:18 PM
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I play guitar rather good for my years but Guitar Hero (on the hard difficulties) is harder than the real thing.
"That's the truth, with some cheese on it"

>=]

If anyone can beat a song on Expert (which is a lot of people) then you are instantly better than me on guitar and I will happily bow down to you.
Because I just can't beat that game :(

Learning 97.5% of Stairway to Heaven was piss easy compared to this sh*t LOL.
Which I guess, makes a good distinction between the two (game and instrument). xD

EDIT: I see alienage has said the same thing, so I'll just reinforce it haha.


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NealRad
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 9:27:02 PM
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I lasered Elites up the arse with the spartan laser man times in halo.. except they aint really goblins.. oh well still just as fun

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 @ 11:37:21 PM
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This guy swears at kids. What a bastard.

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opsdaddy
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 4:20:00 AM
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So, real-life Guitar Hero Noel Gallagher has weighed in, stating "playing a guitar is not a f***ing videogame." Similarly, mangling one's own hair with plastic safety scissors is not a haircut. What a photo. What a whiner. What an asshat...

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, January 29, 2009 @ 6:15:39 PM
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I wonder how much money the new Oasis dlc will make for Noel?

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