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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rock Band DLC Shuts Down: How A Geek Sport Briefly Became A Party Phenomenon

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Specifically, all of us had always wanted to be in a band together with our friends. So much of a good house party is implicitly about double-checking where you stand with the people you like being around, making sure you're part of their "we." And for a while Rock Band made that explicit and easy to talk about, in part because it was just so goofy.

Eventually my roommates and some of my friends became an actual fake band and proceeded to do the Guitar Hero-mastery thing as a unit. But you didn't have to be good at Rock Band to enjoy it; you just had to enjoy music, and the way a great song can immediately make everybody in a room feel a certain way.

My guess is that everybody who is still playing Rock Band in 2013 is officially A Rock Band Guy, and I only play the trombone -- not ska trombone, alas -- so I don't have any actual experience playing loud music for a rapt audience. But a really good "Tom Sawyer" run, at that kind of circa-2008 party, gave schlubs like me the chance to stand up, hold something that looked kind of like a guitar, and pretend to play music for other people. Which was nice.

See also: -Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good -The Ten Biggest Concert Buzzkills: An Illustrated Guide -The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever -The Ten Worst Music Tattoos Ever

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