While Guitar Hero was a fun game and a great distraction, its impersonation of actual guitar-shredding never imparted any real-world musical skills to players. Rock Band is a different story, though.
Playing the drums on Rock Band's highest difficulty setting is pretty dang close to playing real drums, especially with a pro drum set and cymbal attachments. It's perfectly plausible that mastering Rock Band drums can inspire players to then move on to a real instrument—though whether drummers are really musicians is an argument for you to have with your band.
Spore was actually pretty disappointing, given the hype surrounding the latest game from The Sims creator Will Wright. But at its core was a robust creature creation system, and some joy was found in taking those creatures through the natural steps of their cultural evolution—all the way to space and beyond.
It may be a stretch, but if it inspired even a few fundamentalist weirdos to start thinking about evolution in more realistic terms, I'd say that's pretty worthwhile.
To the Moon is a truly heartbreaking game. Hell, even watching the trailer can bring a tear to your eye. It concerns a single man who, on his deathbed, employs two scientists-turned-entrepreneurs to send him to a dream world where he can relive the decisions in his life that he most regrets.
His ultimate dream is to go to the moon, and I'll leave it to you to play it and find out if he ever gets there. But the point to take away is that you should cherish every moment of your life so that you don't end up "an old man, filled with regret."
Fitness is a beast many of us battle on a daily basis, and slaying it can be life's ultimate challenge. While Wii Fit may not be the gamified miracle exercise regimen that some people were no doubt hoping for, it succeeds in a few areas.
At the very least, it'll get you thinking more about getting in shape than you ever have before, and messing around with it can certainly lay the groundwork and kick things into gear—especially when it tells you straight up that you're a fatass. There's nothing like getting mocked by a video game to inspire you to live better.
Date: July 2, 2012
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