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5.0 out of 5 stars Got Kids? Girls, even? Rock on! -- A Mom's perspective on Rock Band 2, November 1, 2008
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This review is from: Xbox 360 Rock Band 2 Special Edition (Video Game)
I'm a 36 yo mom with two girls. Rock Band 2 had become a phenom in our house. There's a magic in making music together, esp with loved ones, that can't be explained, only experienced. I have to say I'm woefully, pityfully unmusical, and frankly, Rock Band intimidated and scared me - embarassed me at the thought - and I was afraid to even touch it, and I never ever, in ten million lifetimes thought I would like it. Kids, sure-- kids try everything once. But me? Now here I am waking up at 6am to play the drums with them before they go to school? I have two pre-teen girls that are drummers now? Wow talk about your 'I never saw that coming' moment.

I know Rock Band is a little bit intimidating to us people who aren't musical. But just order the big box, let it come to the door and set it up in the privacy of your house and no one will be the wiser. It sets up in a snap, no wires at all, no plug-ins, no softwear -- very mom (or tech) friendly.

Rock Band 2 is much improved over Rock Band 1 in ease of set up, maintenance, totally wireless, no plugs, cords, etc., and zero STRESS. The drums have been improved so they don't hurt your wrists like the previous set which were like hitting concrete, they, now, have lots of give. I've been playing it about 60 hours in total, now, and no painful wrists like the previous Rock Band 1 set gave me. The pedal is also metal-reinforced now so you can't snap it, like it's purely plastic predicessor.

I am trying to reach down into my soul and explain to parents what a wonderful 'video game' this set is. How 189.00 is nothing when you think of how much gas, time, energy, and stress it is to run around entertaining them on a regular basis. With four positions to occupy (guitar, drums, singing, and a bass if you get an extra guitar) there is always something for even a little younger sibling of four to do: either sing along or play the drums, gosh they learn it fast. Four year olds are no slouches. Rock Band 2 also has a wonderful 'no fail' option so that the song doesn't crash if one of the members falls out of tune, you can keep playing with no stress, unlike rockband 1. Altho, admittedly, soon, even inexperienced players seem to dislike the 'no fail' option as, strangely enough, not 'failing' is really the key to it feeling like you *are* real band.

If your looking for a way to meld your family unit, the last thing you would dream in the world might do it would be rocking out to old classics together, but somehow, like a magical mystery tour, it works wonders on the family unit. No one is more surprised than me. I swear I was convinced this would be the last thing on god's green earth I'd could ever dream of having enough coordination to ever enjoy.

Quick Mom-like Points:

Pros:
-An amazing dads/daughters/sons way to bond. Not too hard to talk dad into a nice redition of 'Eye of the Tiger' when he gets off work--where as trying to get him to have a tea-party of play some basket ball is a bit more challanging. Dads LOVE this game, and kids don't get 'in the way' - everyone is an asset in rockband. Which is the sheer genius of it when it comes to familes and their differing ages.
-No musical ability or lessons required. Literally any age over 4 can play.
-Promotes family and sharing and harmony. Appreciation of each other's musical attempts, and that promotes respect as one 'musician' to another.
-Produces confidence and self-esteem via performing. We really don't get much of a chance to 'show off' or 'express' our selves infront of each other often. This experience really builds - do i dare say it - self-love and pride in self-ability. When you totally rock the drums or sing a great rendition of a song, or play an amazing solo on the guitar, everyone else knows how hard it is because we all take our turn at 'bat' so to speak.
-Great mental concentration, hand-eye coordination improvement as you make music.
-No painful learning curve. Each member of the band plays at their own skill level without it slowing down any other member.
-A fun way burn up all that pent-up energy, and surprisingly, emotion, we build up over the day.
-The drums are quiet. You can literally work in the same room and concentrate on a mental task on a computer while four kids rock wildly on rock band. Why? Becuase they shut up for 4 minutes at a time! WOO!! And they are in a good mood when they play. No one gets angry, it's such a singular thing of concentration to work as a whole (if that makes sense.)

Cons--
-might agrue over who is to play the drums next. I make everyone switch around ever few songs to play their favs. One of my favorite things about rock band is 'making' everyone rotate thru guitar, singing, and drums. Great experiences, all.
-someone or everyone in the house will be addicted. great 'when your homework is done' inducement tho.
-the vast majority of songs are classic rock and considered tame by todays lyrical standards as far as decency goes. Some of the songs are depressing and we flat-out skip. I am sure more varied rockband songs will be popping up soon in every possible genre. Christian rock, country, hiphop, etc. For the moment now it's the classic rock greats and some newer hits. So songs might need monitoring. I haven't unlocked 'you oughta know' by alanis morrisette yet, but I know that's not a song the kids will be able to play because of they lyrics.

All in all, amazing, wonderful, fabulous!

It's one thing to go to a concert and sit there and watch a flawless show - but, wow is it another to try to do it yourself. Now I really know what they mean when they say 'rock on.' It ain't no joke. I, now, have a whole new perspective and *respect* for the sweat and brains it takes to make a song work. Grab Rock Band 2 for your family, it's almost a sure bet to please everyone, including Mom and Dad!
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Initial post: Nov 6, 2008 2:59:28 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2008 9:21:08 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 12, 2008 6:31:21 PM PST
the thing abought 'you oughta know' is they take out all the "potty words" and is completely kid-friendly you can tell on 'down with the sickness'

Posted on Dec 13, 2008 3:14:19 PM PST
CLS says:
Very helpful review....thank you!

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 11:28:35 PM PST
Great review I'm sold!

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Posted on Dec 22, 2008 11:29:07 AM PST
D. Cox says:
Absolutely GREAT review! Very informative and very entertaining! THANK YOU!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 11:12:46 AM PST
byteman says:
I loved your review... your passion for the game really comes through. I play with my grown kids and their GFs and BFs. I can only share your feelings about what a great bonding experience this is and it's become a regular fixture when we get together. I entertained my brother's family and in-laws with RB2 this past Thanksgiving. Four people playing, from 21 to 59 years in age, four people watching, 2 more people clamoring to be next!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2009 3:04:32 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2009 3:05:38 AM PST
gadget gal says:
In reply to "no potty words"...

Well, not really. If you don't mind hearing about Alanis being perverted and going down on him in the theater, that's fine. But I wouldn't want my little girl singing that!

Posted on Mar 6, 2009 6:14:18 PM PST
Thanks to this wonderfully articulate mom! I plan to bond with my grandson over his new Rock Band (birthday present...). Rock on!
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