"It's sad that kids learn about music via games"

Written by Joe Martin

June 24, 2009 // 12:07 p.m.

Tags: #guitar-hero #harmonix #its-sad-that-kids-learn-about-music-via-games #jack-white #music #rock-band #white-stripes

White Stripes frontman Jack White has commented that he finds it saddening that children are learning about music mostly through computer games nowadays, though that hasn't stopped him from signing his tunes to games like Guitar Hero.

Speaking to NME recently White implied that there was a lot of pressure on bands to try and get their music into games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

"It's depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music," said White, who claimed that although he tries not to dictate the format that music is presented to audiences in he is a little saddened that the music has to be put into a game for some groups.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page echoed the comments and said that he was frustrated by it all as games like Guitar Hero really didn't teach players anything about the music or the level of commitment it requires from some musicians.

"You think of the drum part that John Bonahm did on Led Zeppelin's first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times. How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?"

Of course, that hasn't stopped either artist from signing up to include their music in music games though - both have got music appearing in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5.

Do you think videogames detract from the intrinsic worth of music as it's own medium or are you to busy rocking out with a plastic guitar to consider such things? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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