Last weekend, I let myself get talked into buying Guitar Hero. Granted, it didn’t take a lot of convincing. My wife and I spent about 10 hours playing that first day and a half. While it was fun, it was also really frustrating. You see, I have no musical talent. At all. I have no concept of rhythm and I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. So the whole time I’m playing, I’m getting a constant reminder of how awful I am.
It doesn’t help that the “Easy” mode on the drums is total crap. With the guitars on Easy, you only have three of five notes that you have to play. On the drums, even with Easy, all six notes are presented. Granted, the speed is generally slower, but it is still a lot less Easy than it would have you believe. After a bit of trial and error, we determined that playing the bass on Easy is within the range of my abilities. When I know the words, I can do okay on the singing parts though, as long as you don’t listen to me.
When we weren’t rocking out with the Guitar Heroes, I got out my old Sega Genesis. In the past week, I’ve played about 10 games of World Series Baseball. Man oh man, do I love that game. Really, its the simple games that I enjoy the most. The games I play the most often on the computer I have to play via DOSBox. Command HQ and Sub Battle Simulator are games that I’ve played since before the Windows 3.1 days. My Sim Citying hasn’t gone past Sim City 2000 (okay, I did play Sim City 3000 for a while, but it got complicated. I hear Sim City 4 is the best of all worlds, but I’ve never tried it).
Sub Battle Simulator was probably the first computer game I got into. It cost $5 at Target and came on a 3.5″ floppy. I spent hours playing it when I got home from school. When I went off to college many years later, I found a newer submarine game: Tom Clancy’s SSN. It was a fun game, but it was a lot more realistic than Sub Battle Simulator. Too realistic, in fact. I couldn’t do everything fast enough to keep up with the game.
Kids these days with their crazy, complicated games.