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The Gender’s Test: Rock Band

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Since Rock Band’s been on my mind for a long time now, I finally decided to get it for my Wii. When the disc for the game finally came (the instruments and Rock Band Song Pack 1 came with a previous delivery) the boys were already present and ready to play, so we set the game up and started playing. An hour or so later, the girls came by and gave the game a try as well and that evening turned into a rocking karaeoke night. Here are their opinions:

Male 1: The game would have been more fun for him to play if there were songs he actually liked. He doesn’t really care for this kind of music, but he enjoyed to play the instruments (except for the microphone, because he can’t really sing).

Male 2: The game was fun for him to play, but he would have enjoyed the game more if there were any Iron Maiden-songs available from the start. I think the reason for why he kept playing so long was because he knew there was an Iron Maiden-song to find among the ones that had to be unlocked, so he kept on trying. Bass guitar seemed to be the most fun for him to play, though.

Female 1: This gamehater loved Rock Band! The instruments were too hard for her to play, but she sure loves to sing. Most of the songs were pretty unknown to her (oddly enough), which made the game really challenging for her (and hillarious for us), but after som practice, she really rocked the house! Then she found her favourite songs and rocked some more!

Female 2: This girl has music in her blood and has nothing against games, so it’s no wonder that Rock Band reached her heart as well as mine. The instruments were easy enough for her to play and it was awesome to hear her sing. She has an amazing voice and is used to sing in front of a huge crowd, so hearing her sing along to rock songs like a karaeoke singer was definetely fun for her and awesome for us.

In conclusion to this test, Rock Band manage to do the impossible. It impressed more females than males! It’s usually the male crowd who’re attracted to games, but so wasn’t the case this time! Sure, I only had 4 subjects, where 1 of them did not like the music very much, but he still liked the gameplay enough to want to continue. I still say that Rock Band managed the next-to-impossible, because it managed to impress both female gamers as well as non-gamers, which is far from easy! Everyone doesn’t like rock, but I can’t think of a person on the planet who wouldn’t want to try to play good music, so well done, Harmonix! With more kinds of music and instruments to play, Harmonix could make 10 times more money than they already do, but at least they picked my favourite music to begin with. So, while Rock Band went home with the ladies, the gentlemen will have to settle for the awesome gameplay next game/karaeoke night.

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