First released in 2005, Guitar Hero was like the Konami arcade game Guitar Freaks in which you hit certain buttons as they appeared on the screen. Guitar Hero, though, took this approach to the next level.
First, it used a guitar-shaped controller. This controller had buttons built into the neck. Many players adapted to this new controller, but many others preferred using the standard game controller for playing since it involved mostly using the shoulder buttons. Although playing on the guitar controller is nothing like playing on an actual guitar, it did seem to encourage people to seek out those who could actually teach them guitar.
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