Page and White Talk Down Music Video Games

I’ll be the first to admit 2 things:

1) I love music video games.  I don’t care what the haters  say (read on), I like rocking out to songs I love without having to train for years do be good at a skill that doesn’t really apply to my existence.  Sure I love playing my bass, but its more of an occasional zen pastime than something that I’d like to focus my life on.

2) I think that any method that brings music, whether it be new or classic, to the general masses, especially kids who already have it rough filtering through the dribble that bleeds through the reality shows that flood music television is probably a good thing.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

But speaking of haters, apparently some musicians don’t think much of it.  From Kotaku:

During a press conference promoting the documentary It Might Get Loud, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and The White Stripes‘ Jack White had some harsh words for music-based video games.

It seems that the two famous guitarists, both starring in the documentary on the history of the electric guitar along with U2’s The Edge, aren’t too keen on people discovering new music through video games, which is sad, because that’s almost exclusively how I discover new music these days. For Page, it seemed to be a question of oversimplifying an action that is better left to more skilled hands.

“You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times,” Page said. “How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?”

Basically a variant of the old why not just play a real instrument argument. White, on the other hand, seems a bit put off that some feel that bands have to be in a game like Guitar Hero or Rock Band to find their audience.

White went on to say that “It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music.” While he added that he doesn’t try to limit “which format people should get their music in…if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that’s a little sad.”

I think the world of Jimmy Page, he’s a bit crazy and evil in his own way, but he’s a genius, and White has certainly had his good moments, but these quotes make these two sound like two old codgers clearly out of touch with the new media and how it gets spread these days.

So I guess this means no Led Zepellin song on RB or GT anytime soon.  How sad.


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