The Guitar Hero Effect
Cool, brief article on Wired about Motley Crue’s latest track selling almost 5 times as many copies through Rock Band as it did through iTunes. I find it easy to believe. The Guitar Hero effect is powerful.
I’ve never actually purchased a song due to jamming to it on a video game, but I will say that if you told me two years ago that I would ever stumble across a song by Kansas and not change the station, I might have punched you in the nose. Yet just today, I heard Carry On My Wayward Son, and instead of flipping faster than John Kerry talking about Iraq, as I would have before GH2, I instead rocked out on the tiny plastic guitar in my head.
I just pray they don’t add anything by Linkin Park into the next version, because if I start liking them I may have to neuter myself for the sake of humanity.