WARNING: THIS POST MAY BE CONTROVERSIAL!
I admire success and achievement — especially when it comes to a young boy.
As the story goes, 12-year-old Dylan Phifer just broke the world record for “Guitar Hero” with a score of 1,019,000. I guess that is quite an accomplishment… although I really do not know. I have never played Guitar Hero… I play a Gibson.
I am a guitar player and I look at “Guitar Hero” the same way that a gourmet chef looks at fast food. The same way a golf connoisseur looks at a putt-putt course. The same way a Ferrari owner looks at a kit-car conversion.
It’s not real.
Now before anyone blasts me with hate-mail saying I am stealing the thunder of a 12-year old kid… watch this video and listen to what the boy says:
Did you catch that? The skills did not transfer to a “real guitar”. He tried to play a real guitar but there were strings, and strumming and notes… and it was just too hard.
So while I will give young Dylan credit for making the Guiness Book of World Records (it’s something I have not done!), I must be honest and say that I am not impressed. Guitar Hero is ultra-popular, has sold millions of games and quite frankly…I wish I had invented it. But it’s just a toy. It’s just a game.
I was pretty good at pong when I was younger…
When I can finally play “Europa” all the way through without screwing up royally (on my Gibson) then THAT will be an accomplishment worth reporting on CNN.com!
Feel free to share your thoughts… (I hope Dylan’s Mom does not read this!)