A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
On April 2nd, Don McLean's "American Pie" will be the very last Rock Band song.
But from what I read on Twitter, it may not be the last ever, but it is the end of the weekly download content that has been flowing for years.
We bough so many songs. We probably have more invested in Rock Band songs than we do in the Xbox and all the other games we own.
I have some good memories of playing Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and Rock Band 3 over the years. It's the only video game that my wife played often on our Xbox. She refused to play any instrument other than guitar. Bass was boring. Guitar was a challenge. And she was pretty damn good at it too.
I remember struggling to move from Medium difficulty to Hard, and having to deal with more than 3 buttons. I thought for sure that I would never learn to play without looking at the neck of the guitar and be able to transition my fingers up and down the neck of the guitar without forgetting where I was.
I remember the first time my wife and I gold starred a song and how awesome it felt. Sounds silly, I know, but it was a cool moment.
I remember the day my wife and I decided to go for the "Never-ending Setlist" achievement, and how it took much longer than we expected, and how patient our kids were waiting to be fed, late, that evening. :)
I remember the first time playing drums. And how "real" it felt to nail a tricky beat on expert as if it had never been a problem.
It still amazes me how my fingers seem to magically press all the right buttons in sequence to a seemingly impossible stream of notes cruising down the TV screen.
I remember the first time I got 100% on a song, on expert, and how it made want to thrust my fist in the air and yell "FUCK YEH!"
And sometimes I did just that.
There has always been criticism from the naysayers about how "real" Rock Band is — or not real, as the case may be. "Play a real instrument!" they'd say.
It's a game. A fun game. And for some people, it inspired them to learn real instrument. How can that be so bad?
Good times. Lots of them. With family and friends. And as long as I can make our remaining guitars and drum kit last, the good times will last.