In 2005, Guitar Hero was released, and the world had something new. It only took six buttons to smash on a small plastic guitar to let you feel like you were a rock and roll monster. Afternoons were spent partying with friends into the night and nights were spent lying in bed, bathing in the afterglow. While lying on one’s back, one could see a glimpse of the future. How many bands would fight for their songs to be the focus of a video game? Or, even better, what if future versions of Guitar Hero were sold in compilations so you could play an entire album by one artist?
It will be some time before all major albums have simultaneous video game release dates, but we’re getting closer. As of this writing, 2,851 tracks have been released on Rock Band and another 1,159 for Guitar Hero to download and play. Some tracks are by new artists, hot off the press and looking for a new venue to showcase their work, while others are rock classics translated into a new medium to exploit. With so many tracks, how can one determine which are worth two bucks, which aren’t worth our time and which are downright awesome? If only there was someone on the interwebs reviewing Rock Band tracks, so the public would know what to buy and what to avoid! Oh. It turns out I’m doing that right now. Sweet!