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Has a Video Game Ever Made You Want to Learn Something?

I am so impressionable — I pick up a Wiimote for some Wii Tennis and want to find a real court the next day, play Wii Boxing and want to sign up for a class at the gym. Then I find myself on SingStar, and want to go to American Idol tryouts, or rock out with Rock Band and learn the real drums and guitar.

Even if I never make good on my pursuits (but I have pulled out my lonely acoustic guitar a couple of inspired times), I love that video games now are so much more interactive than just sitting on my couch and engaging my fingers and thumbs. Wii Fit, sports games, and both Guitar Hero and Rock Band have you on your feet and feeling like you're doing the actions in the video game, instead of just watching an avatar.

So, are you like me, and do these games make you want to learn a new skill, or are you content doing the video game version in your living room?


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MuffinGal MuffinGal 8 years
I have always wanted to play drums but I have never had the time. After playing the drums on Rock Band, I plan to fit some lessons into my schedule. If I have time for Rock Band, I should have time for actual drum lessons!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
"Yes, the SSX snowboarding games make me want to learn how." - glam sugar Yeah, me too. How did it feel bouncing down the mountain on your butt? :-) Certainly not as easy as it looks in the game... I was so sore for days after snowboarding. Never again. If I didn't already know how to play guitar/drums/bass, Rock Band would probably make me want to learn. What Rock Band does is make me beg my husband weekly to let me have a drum kit. He says it'll be noisy or something. Meh.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 8 years
yes! i always wanted to learn to play the guitar and rockband just makes me want to even more. and playing need for speed also makes me want to learn how to drive a stick.
rickimc rickimc 8 years
Mortal Kombat makes me want to learn martial arts, but I don't really have the time or money to take lessons. However, I take ballroom lessons, and that makes me want to play Dancing with the Stars video game.
neko neko 8 years
Hehe. Actually, I suck at Rock Band and Guitar Hero because I learned how to play the guitar when I was younger, and I keep trying to play them like real guitars. I kind of want to learn how to ski jump after doing it in Wii Fit, but I know I'll most likely just break my neck and about 200 other bones.
Daisie Daisie 8 years
LOL @ Meggy!!! Yes, like kcwebgirl, sucking at Guitar Hero made me want to learn to play for real. Also, watching the little kid on YouTube who plays so fast and so well at expert level...why not just the real thing at that point? Luckily, my new boyfriend used to be lead guitarist in a punk band. XD
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 8 years
Grand Theft Auto has made me want to learn how to steal cars and bang hoez FOR REAL! heheheeee.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Yes, the SSX snowboarding games make me want to learn how.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
playing gh and sucking at it made me want to learn to play guitar. and of couse i've been trying to learn tennis forever. haha.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
yes, tennis. I used to play but not properly. I would like to learn the real way.
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