Rock Band is bad for Rock Bands

You and your friends have probably had at least one night rocking out like some sort of drunken nutter while playing Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or one of their many iterations. But there are some old rock ‘n’ roll fuddy-duddies who think you should be knuckling down and learning to play a real instrument, kids.

‘It encourages kids not to learn, that's the trouble,’ Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones told BBC News. ‘It makes less and less people dedicated to really get down and learn an instrument. I think it's a pity so I'm not really keen on that kind of stuff.’

Yeah? Well the young ‘uns are, and the young ‘uns are who decide what is cool, yeah? Honestly, you’d this is 2009, who wants to learn an instrument when you can pose by a synth like Howard Jones? Anyway, Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, who make the games, says that’s a load of old hogwash.

‘We're constantly hearing from fans who were inspired by Rock Band to start studying a real instrument,’ he said. So there, Wyman.

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