Local company looks to legitimize Guitar Hero

headliner_rightEarlier this year Disney announced its Star Guitarist, claiming it teaches players how to play guitar instead of just enabling you to push red, green, blue, orange in time with notes.

At the time, I argued the flawed premise that people actually expect Guitar Hero (GH) and Rock Band to teach them how to play instruments. After all, neither GH, Rockband nor Star Guitar teach players how to read sheet music nor learn chords. 

A local company is looking to bridge the gap with its Headliner digital guitar.

According to the Star Tribune, “Zivix LLC is betting some players will want to upgrade to the real thing. The Minneapolis-based start-up is developing an electric guitar with fingertip sensors that allow users to wirelessly play and control the game. The company hopes players will want to feel and look the part.”

While you’re still not playing actual music, I do like the concept of A) a guitar with strings and 2) allowing multiple users to mix prerecorded song loops from different instruments and genres.

The guitar is awfully pricey ($250), but according to the stats cited in the article, “67 percent of people who play rhythm games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band said they were likely to pick up a real instrument and another 81 percent said the video games motivated them to ask for a real instrument for the holiday season.” So that $250 could serve as a money-saving reality check to make sure your kid really wants to play guitar.

We can’t all be Eddie Van Halen, you know.

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  1. Local company looks to legitimize Guitar Hero | Guitar2U (pingback) on March 6th, 2009 @ 10:23 am

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