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Confessions of a casual Guitar Hero gamer

Dear Activision,

When you announced four years ago that you were discontinuing the Guitar Hero franchise, I was upset. How could you do that? It seemed like it was selling well across all consoles. And you didn’t run out of music, so WHYYYYYYYY?

I hung on to my Wii, scoured eBay to get secondhand copies of GuitarHero Van Halen, World Tour and the occasional Glee Karaoke (Don’t judge me I am a casual gamer) and played like no one was watching. Because. No one was watching. I made sure of that and waited until no one was home, or were upstairs playing COD or some equivalent first person shooter that didn’t include music soundtracks or interactive controllers.

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Then my drum set broke. But I prevailed….I could stick to my two guitar consoles, and even tried a duo with myself – I am like a double threat, guitar and badly pitched vocals.

I kept going. Four years on and still have not been able to crack Saturdays Alright for Fighting on Medium. Who knew Elton John’s music could be such a minefield of difficult guitar riffs? I take my hat off to you Sir Elton.

I tried playing on iOS, but it is not the same without holding the actual guitar controller – there is no proper whammy and ‘air guitar’ style movements that you can easily do on an iPhone without encouraging strange looks from people around you.

Then I discovered, a month later than the world, that Guitar Hero was being rebooted and available with a new guitar controller on the new Apple TV – it is not just movies that are coming full circle, a whole new generation will get to experience the interactive game.

And once I saw this trailer I was sold.

Thank you Apple. And THANK YOU ACTIVISION.

Apple TV is going to rekindle my love of a casual game. By bringing games out of the mobile and tablet device and back into the living room, Apple is making a small but firm step into the world of ‘no console’ gaming. It wont by any means compete with the likes of XBox, PS or PC but it stands to corner a niche market of non-gamers and the average family – and there are ALOT of those.

My Christmas list will have this one item. And when I say Christmas list I mean, this is what I am buying myself with the cash I am getting from the Italian relos.

Yes I am in my thirties and buying a video game for myself for Christmas. I don’t need a dowry and I am sure the bills will pay for themselves right?

No Console. No Worries.

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