I appreciate that there may be a bit of a Guitar Hero fixation going on with me at the minute but I just have to share this with you. I was out and about today meeting some of my Local Authority partners who are working with some games based pilots for me and I called in to visit the team at Stirling Council. They have invested in some games consoles and have them set up in their ICT Training suite very much in a similar way to how we have done it at the Consolarium (West Lothian have done this too). Anyway it appears that one of the team has been secretly honing her fret fingered skills on Guitar Hero during the holidays. Here she is...Margaret 'Slash' Cassidy!!!
Now. even better news was that she wanted to play Strutter by Kiss or Surrender by Cheap Trick! Two of my favourites! I've seen Kiss hundreds of times and Cheap Trick once and their song in Guitar Hero II is one of my all time clasic tracks (so evocative of the late 1970s).
She was excellent at it. We played ther co-operative face off and as you can see player 1 won. The Master strikes! I have played quite a lot of people from the educational world at this game and I don't think anyone has beaten Margaret's score. Scottish Education's Suzi Quatro it seems eh?! Now if we have a Guitar Hero set up at any future educational events beware of this lady she is a ringer at this game.
On a slightly more serious note we are about to start a Guitar Hero project up in Aberdeenshire. The game itself is to be used as the focus for a collaborative story making project focus very much in the style of Mr Togs the Tailor. The plans that the teacher has drafted to use in relation to the game look really interesting and it looks as though this game can may very well have a locus in schools. What a relief! Great fun and a sound educational rationale, what more could we ask for?