Does Guitar Hero III have a “White Boy Soundtrack?”
Chris Buffa over at GameDaily thinks so:
“The soundtrack consists of 71 tracks in all — 46 on the main set list and 25 bonus songs. This is probably one of the most diverse soundtracks to date; the more guitar-driven songs of the ’70s have been updated with tracks from Sonic Youth, Sum 41 and Metallica. While playing through the songs — one question stayed at the forefront of our minds – what’s up with the white boy soundtrack? We would have liked to see more from legends like Jimi Hendrix and Prince in the mix.”
In a way, I see Chris’ point because I feel that diversity is important in video games. Minorities exist in the real world and this should be represented in the virtual world as well. However, this is not the only kind of diversity there is. Any good music game should have a soundtrack that includes a wide range of genres and styles regardless of the artist’s race. Guitar Hero has always done a mediocre job in this department. That’s not to say that they haven’t tried — but they could do better. I could easily mention a dozen music/rhythm games that have an infinitely more diverse soundtrack than the GH series.
My girlfriend (who I mention a lot in my posts because she has such a different perspective/opinion on these things) simply cannot enjoy Guitar Hero because the music does not speak to her. And she LOVES her white boy music. I believe GH enjoys mainstream success because the mainstream loves the music selection and also because the game is just that good. Still, this series could only benefit from the inclusion of artists like Jimi Hendrix and Prince. Not only because they are both men of color, but also because their “sounds” are so different from the rest of the game’s library.
On a side note, I can’t get enough of Guitar Hero. I’ve actually been dying to attend one of Piano’s Guitar Hero Parties that they hold every Tuesday night. Hey Rollin, what do you say to an Intendo-Meet one of these days?