The equivalent of Guitar Hero and Rock Band is now available on the internet for free and it’s called JamLegend. I personally have never been a big fan of those games. Quite on the contrary they really tend to drive me crazy. Take the drum-set from rock band for instance. Banging on it all day is no different from banging on a real drum, sheesh…(ok so the real drums are a little noisier, at least the sound ain’t as horrible as a drumstick hitting that stupid pad of theirs). And that ridiculous guitar…I just encourage all those spending hours on these games to play the real thing, much more gratifying :)
So whether you like these games or not, it’s undeniable that they entertain big time. First off cause people love to rock even if they don’t listen to rock, and second cause there is a feeling of self-validation when you played a song correctly, mostly for the non-musicians. For the same reasons, I believe JamLegend is going to skyrocket.
Same concept as it’s predecessors besides that you play on your keyboard. You use keys 1 to 5 and F1 to F5 to choose the notes and hold down ENTER to play them.
Unlike Guitar Hero and Rock Band it’s free and includes a social side as you can challenge others and earn points according to the quality of your performance (by quality I mean playing the notes and chords at the right time…). In other words it’s a massive multi-player Rock Band.
The game is currently still in Beta so the number of invites are still limited. I got mine from TechCruch who is giving out 1000 of them. Password: “techcrunch”.