Man, five years. Wow. I may be a bit late to the party, but I don't think that means I can't share my story! About 4 years ago, I went through a tough time with some personal problems that came about from the people at my school which forced my parents to have to make me change schools. This, of course, meant that I would lose my only two friends (I'm not a very social person). That made me rather sad. I was also the sort of person that didn't want to make any new friends, because I feared that moving on meant that I wouldn't ever see my old ones again (I never did, but that's beside the point). Anyway, I managed to guilt my parents in to buying me Guitar Hero III and Rock Band, despite the fact that it was a huge expense for them. I was instantly infatuated with them in a completely different way than any other video game I'd played before. It could be the fact that it got me at a very vulnerable time in my life, but the influence those games had on me is one of the greatest influences anything has ever had on me. The reason they had such an influence on me was because of the fact that, before then, I never listened to things that weren't showtunes or Elvis, but since then, I've had a huge passion for all sorts of music. My unhealthy obsession for Rock Band is even helping me graduate high school, because of the fact that the school is counting my time writing for RockBandAide as volunteer work (of which 40 hours are needed to graduate). In fact, after high school my intention is to go to college to learn music production. All this because of how much of a passion Rock Band, and Guitar Hero, gave me for music.
Thank you Harmonix! You have truly changed my life for the better.