I finally decided what to do with the money my grandfather gave me to get the boys Christmas gifts. He wants us to get toys, but I know my boys. They have all the toys they could ever want or need. Lately we've been rocking out on Guitar Hero in the evenings, and having a blast, but we're a family of five, and GH only allows 2 players at once. So, I decided the Xmas money would go into Rock Band 2. It's only been two days, but I can say it's a great investment. We have 4 playing at once, and rotate through the instruments*. The boys had friends over and they rocked the house. And when they're tucked into bed, the Hockey Nut and I rock the house. We must have pretty conservative friends, though, 'cause we can't seem to convince any of our own friends to rock with us.
I'm a terrible singer (tone-deaf in my opinion), but I often have to sing if I want to play with the boys. They're all too shy to sing, so I figure if I let it wail and show them it's not that hard and it doesn't matter if you look like a dweeb, maybe they'll come around. I'm still hoping.
And in the meantime, I'm really, really hoping the developers can hook me up with Pink's "So What".
It's funny, but while playing this weekend, I thought, 'how cool would this be at a convention?' And look-- Wil Wheaton had the same thought and the guts to pull it off.
* Plus, this game doesn't require shooting anything/one. RB has a wide variety of music (much more than GH). And the game teaches co-operation since they all have to play together to get through the song. Time & money well spent, IMHO.