The video game Guitar Hero is pushing their brand by releasing band-specific titles, such as Guitar Hero Aerosmith and Guitar Hero Metallica. Apparently the artist everyone knows as Prince was also asked to do such a title. According to an article on Gamespot, here was his explanation as to why he told them, "No"
"Well, I ain't mad at them. I hear it made, like, $2 billion and they came to us and offered us a very small portion of that," explained Prince. "But I just think it's more important that kids learn how to actually play the guitar. It's a tough instrument--it's not easy. It took me a long time, and it was frustrating at first. And you just have to stick with it, and it's cool for people who don't have time to learn the chords or ain't interested in it, but to play music is one of the greatest things."
Regardless if you care that doves cry or not, his is a respectable answer. It goes along with what I heard in a message once, "If you actually took all of the time you use to play the game to practice the real guitar you would literally become a real Guitar Hero!"
It's one thing to make a buck making your own video game, but I respect that Prince is encouraging kids/teens to take up the actual instrument. It would be great if some of the other big names would do that as well.
Oh...but what all could be accomplished with wasted time? I'm a fan of video games, but there needs to be balance - I need to remind myself that there needs to be balance. But video games aren't the only thing people waste time on - we all do it in one way or another.
Think about this - some people actually waste time on doing more work. Being active doesn't equal being efficient. Within the time economy we're given to budget, time used to do more work that should be used with family or for resting is wasted time!
And there is so much that can be done with that extra time. Even learning to play guitar like Prince. Hey...he might be kinda weird, but he definitely can jam.