My first rockband experience was in May of 2008. We rented a house in Lake Tahoe for my buds bachelor party and during the downtime (recouping) a few people busted out RB. I at first was skeptical since what fun is playing a plastic guitar when you should play a real one (that was my whole opinion for GH as well). Well, it was fun watching and singing along with the screen that it was karaoke, but with plastic instruments.
After I returned from CA (NJ native), I dropped money on a cheap GH III bundle for the PS2 to learn the basics of the plastic guitar and became hooked. That Xmas, I was gifted with a Wii and then came the decision – RB or GH bundle. After reading several reviews, I decided I wanted RB. At this point in time RB2 was out and it took me 4 months to find a RB2 bundle for the Wii and have had no regrets since.
Brought the items to several parties and after the drums stopped working (after only 3 months) they were replaced without any issue. I bought the Beatles, Lego RB, and more importantly RB3 with the keytar and still play at least 1x a week and of course purchase DLC when it fits my taste. RB still is taken out at parties using my Wii driver since I have the most songs and everyone has a grand time.
I congratulate everyone at Harmonix on their 4th Bday and everyone raise your glass to many more.