Everyone who’s played Guitar Hero remembers their first time playing Guitar Hero. It was a feeling most gamers — especially casual gamers — hadn’t felt before.
And that bit about casual gamers is important. Guitar Hero turned mild-mannered, non-gamers on to a more immersive, interactive style of game than they had previously known existed. You were part of the game. The game didn’t work without you. You were a performer. People — regular people — might have even been impressed to watch you do what amounted to little more than beating a level of a video game, but since it was a musical performance, it seemed so much cooler.
The series also worked wonders to rekindle our love affair with big hair and heavy metal. If your music tastes were formed anytime between 1970 and the mid-’90s, it was hard to resist grabbing the axe when one of your favorite songs came on.