Alright, this is actually fun. I’m usually not a huge fan of all these guitar games that you can play online or via a game console. My point always is, why bother with a game when you can have the real deal? But obviously you can’t compare the two things with each other. Which by the way not everybody seems believe to be true. A buddy of mine for instance keeps telling me that I would be probably very good at those guitar flash online games that he spends hours on every day – for some reason he believes that playing guitar (I mean playing the actual instrument) and hitting keys on your keyboard are pretty much the same thing. Oh well…
Anyway, more or less by accident I ended up on a site that features all different kind of animations and a broad variety of guitar flash game applications. All of them follow more or less the same principle, which can be compared to Tetris. There symbols or icons coming down from the top of the screen and you got to hit certain keys at a certain time to get points. Each string is represented by a key, you just need to make sure that your timing is right. The farther you advance in a song or in the game, the faster and the more difficult it gets. The most popular of these applications is the Guitar Hero Online Flash Game. Here is a link, it’s for free and no sign-up is required (unless you want to keep track of your score).
Another popular one is apparently made by some Brazilian programmers and it’s called “Guitar Flash” (with its sequels “Guitar Flash 2” and “Guitar Flash 3”). Again, the exact same philosophy and game structure, just a little bit more advance. In for playing some virtual solos? Okay, click here. It’s free, the only challenge is that it’s not in English, but even with zero command of Portuguese, I was able to start Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing. Well, I survived for 20 seconds or so. I guess I need more practice.
Okay, I have to admit, these guitar flash online games seem to be fun. However, just not my cup of tea I guess. And while I will have to acknowledge that it does apparently take some practice to get good at it, I’d rather stick with a real guitar, actual strings and a Marshall Amp.