Rock Band: The New Social Networking Tool?
For better or worse, video games are a mainstream form of entertainment. Numerous are the tales of video game’s allegedly harmful effects on our society. However, as many of us know, games like Rock Band can do more to bring people together.
The company I am lucky enough to work for was open to me bringing in Rock Band for the “Day-Before-Christmas-Weekend-Afternoon-Party-Of-Sorts”. Like good little roadies, my wife and I unpacked and set up the Rock Band bundle I purchased the night before. An added Guitar Hero controller provided a fearsome foursome of Rock Power.
We fired it up on the conference room plasma TV and once we started rocking, it wasn’t long before the entire company was crammed into the room, and even visitors from the neighboring office came over to check out what the hubbub was about. The great thing about the experience was that even people who aren’t gamers, who haven’t played a lick of Rock Band or Guitar Hero, were able to get in on the action and have a good time. Okay, maybe the drums are a little challenging, but anyone can belt out a lines of Rollings Stones. Thankfully, the guitar tracks are fairly accessible, as well, granted you set them to Easy.
A lot of mileage has been garnered on the whole “WoW as the new golf” concept, but a game like Rock Band provides an unprecedented chance for people to get together in mutual rocktitude. You can check out some of the photos from our Rock Band gig on my company’s flickr page.