Guitar Hero kills desire to start a crappy band

This week, Steven Levy writes for Newsweek that Guitar Hero lowers the time required to feel like an accomplished musician, which may seem like a good thing. The bad side is determining if this cheap fulfillment of rock-star fantasies keeps us from learning to play an actual instrument.

Isn't that the whole point of games, to satisfy fantasies vicariously through pixels? While we think so, Levy still raises an interesting question; does a flight simulator save us the need of flying lessons or rob us from real-world accomplishment? Does a basketball game keep us inside and uncoordinated, or let us pretend we're NBA stars? Maybe Guitar Hero with a real guitar would be the best of both worlds.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.