Friday, August 29, 2008

Guitar Praise: Solid Rock

Today we have a story so big, even Penny Arcade weighed in on it. There is a Christian Guitar Hero, Guitar Praise: Solid Rock. Like I said the other day, I don't really think that calling something "The Christian ...." is very accurate or intelligent, but here there really isn't any other way to say it. This is a long time coming. Christian video games have a checkered past, but they have regained a modicum of respect recently. Now they are finally jumping on what is arguably the biggest franchise in current video games. Don & I were talking just recently that Guitar Hero or Rock Band need to release Chrisitan music add-ons, the way that they have done with Aerosmith. My guess is that the reason they haven't is that the Christian record labels and bands don't want people to be able to play songs like Chris Tomlin's "Made to Worship" while playing as some of the characters in Guitar Hero. Personally, I'd love to see Youtube videos of these worship songs being performed by Slash, "Grim Ripper," and The Devil. The track list for Guitar Praise: Solid Rock includes "Jesus Freak" by dc Talk, and a bunch of other songs that will be familiar to youth groups across the country. I recognize a lot of the songs from my own youth group days, so that probably indicates that the music is a bit dated. It includes a USB-corded guitar, but I imagine that it will work with the wireless guitars that are available for PC. Which is the worst thing about this. PC & Mac only. No Xbox. No PS3. No Wii. Not even PS2. Come on Digital Praise! Put this out for $20 on the PS2, make it compatible with the millions of Guitar Hero and Rock Band guitar controllers that people already own, and let the money just flow in! If this was on the consoles then every youth group in the world would own a copy on day 1! The system requirements are pretty light, so I guess they could run it off a cheap laptop, but this game is made for consoles! Also, like so many Christian products, Guitar Praise: Solid Rock is ridiculously over-priced. $100 for the game + guitar. Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock with guitar is selling for PCs for only $60. Is this really a better value? Or are they just playing to the fact that they have a corner on this segment of the market? (Original Story on Kotaku) (Guitar Praise official site) (Penny Arcade Commentary) EDIT Stop the presses! So... You know that CAG podcast we're always talking about, CheapyD and Wombat and all that? Well, its a podcast about cheap gaming, and wouldn't you know, someone found a cheap deal on this game! $20 off and free shipping... The thread language is a little rough and largely anti-Christian, so beware...! Subscribe to the SuperCandid Podcast, the number 1 podcast for Christian movies SuperCandid - The SuperCandid Podcast - The SuperCandid Podcast Subscribe to the SuperCandid Blog Save This Page Add to Technorati Favorites

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