Finally, some justice in the world! As reported by Reuters, video game publisher Activision announced it was canceling its line of Guitar Hero games. They cited declining profitability as the culprit. This is good news for metal on one hand, because it means that no more metal songs will be reduced to an overworked version of Simon (google it, jerkoff). The bad news is that it also means that legions of kids are discarding a gateway into extreme music. Sure, Slayer was far and away the heaviest band on Guitar Hero, but tons of kids got into scarier stuff by listening to them and the early works of Metallica, who had their own game package in the series.
This was bound to happen, and it’s just as well. Nobody sticks with any one form of entertainment for too long these days, and the art of playing guitar was being terribly trivialized by Guitar Hero and its variants. Rocking out was never about a ranking on a scoreboard, and it certainly took more than hitting colored buttons to achieve anything.
The only lamentable part is that we’ll probably see all those imitation SG and Explorer guitar clones jamming up landfills by the hundreds in short order. I’m no eco-fascist, but it would be nice to see folks who fill their homes with plastic crap to be forced to live with it all forever. In the meantime, all those kids could have owned real guitars and actually learned to how to play, even if it was just as a hobby. I actually really like video games, but no passive activity should supplant a creative outlet. What does it say about our society that I’m not particularly old, yet I usually feel as curmudgeonly and irritated as someone over twice my age?
Well anyway, Guitar Hero is dead and we won’t have to hear about it anymore. Something even stupider will inevitably show up, but hopefully it won’t be in metal’s back yard. As soon as “Metalocalypse” fucks off, we’re in the clear!