QOTW: What band do you now love because of music games?

Every week the hosts of TalkRadar present and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!

This week's question:

What band do you now love because of music games?

Guitar Hero, Rock Band and other rhythm games have introduced a lot of bands to gamers who otherwise may have never heard of them. Have any bands stuck themselves onto your musical taste buds because you played their song in a game?

Answer this week's question in the comments!

Questions can also be answered in the QOTW forum thread. Our favorite posts this week will be read next week on TalkRadar 66, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen to TalkRadar 65 on Friday for our answers!

Last week's question:

What's your favorite N64 game of all time?

Below are a few of last week's answers that tickled our collective fancies, but since we can't feature them all here, check out last week's article and forum thread for more...

Felixthecat wrote...
"Turok 2 : Seeds of evil will always be an amazing experience for me personally. Most of the time i just used to swim around because i was about 3 and really scared to kill any of the enemies. I still loved it however and it was one of the first FPS's (Goldeneye was technically first, another beloved game) that i ever played and allowed me to discover the wonders of swimming in video games."

jakab11 wrote...
"Well for me, it's gotta be Banjo-Tooie. I couldn't tell you how many hours I sunk into that game, and to this day is my favorite collect-a-thon game out there, as I haven't played many since. Too bad my N64 stopped working, but I got over it when it came out on XBLA. Hoorah for nostalgia."


oldgrammastinkyfeet wrote...
"I learned that other than Mario, I only loved N64 games that didn't end with 64."

WaffleLeech wrote...
"Hands down Paper Mario. I learned to read playing that game. (It came out when I was about five) I remember falling asleep playing that game because my eyelids were too weary to stay open. Collected all the badges, beat the Dojo master 3 times, and delivered all the mail. Baking the cake was a nightmare though, took me at least 20 tries."


Jordo141 wrote...
"Has to be Pokémon Snap. Loved the rare occasions when I would do to my cousin's house and demand to play it. "No, I don't want to play Super Mario 64, I want to play Pokémon Snap".He wished he never got it by the time I was finished with it. Oh, how it was so much hyped.. I wish I could relive it's pixelated glory."

onilosmada wrote...
"I played this game for over 100 hours. Decent story, multiple endings and excellent gameplay customization make a unique experience each play through. This is my favorite N64 game period. I wish SOMEONE would make an online ogre battle game. It would be perfect for XBLA and PSN and would sell more copies then a princess daisy sex tape."


lucashintz wrote...
"I have no idea why. Sooooooooooo much nostalgia though."


Tasty_Pasta wrote...
"Jet Force Gemini. I used to go over to my friends house after school and play the multplayer with him all the time. It was awesome. And I loved the gory deaths of the big ants and the little furbies."

Aug 20, 2009

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  • fudgefreak123 - August 24, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    Disturbed and Metallica I had no idea who they were b4 this now
  • kubes - August 24, 2009 9:26 p.m.

    I love rise against thanks to the bonus song Prayer of the Refugee in Guitar Hero 3. As soon as i got that song thats all i played. Now i own most of their cds and they are definitely my favorite band.
  • Buddah - August 24, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Rock Band got me into Boston
  • thecakeisapie - August 23, 2009 9:55 p.m.

    ive started listening to Rush more and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers have slid back up to the top of my bands
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - August 23, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    Ever since ive bought monkey wrench on the rockband store ive been listening to Foo Fighters a lot more. I hate Seth.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - August 23, 2009 9:02 p.m.

    Definitely Metallica. After I heard "One" I was totally hooked. now my favorite band!
  • RonnyLive19881 - August 23, 2009 2:39 p.m.

    Avenged Sevenfold! I thought all modern rock completely sucked until I heard them. And for some reason Paramore, "Thats What You Get" from RB and "Misery Business" from GHWT caught my ear. I like her voice.
  • kaythanksbye2 - August 23, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    Definitely Metallica! I had heard of but did not listen to Metallica before Guitar Hero: Metallica came out so I didn't really have an interest in the game, but I rented it because I love Guitar Hero and ended up really liking their music.
  • reidabee - August 23, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    Elite Beat Agents got me hooked to blink 182, Hoobastank, Good Charlotte, and Steriogram!
  • Nintendroid426 - August 23, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    deffently Aerosmith for some guitar hero game featuring that band....... what waz it called??? oh and by the way i was being sarcastic..... DUH!!!!!!!!!!
  • spliffsucker93 - August 22, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    some handsome devil, senses fail, and trogdor the burninator (best podcast ever, trogdor wuuuuz a man, he wuuz a dragon man, no wait he was just a dragon)
  • thundercatswithdrawl - August 22, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    music games made me appreciate the band protest the hero even more and muse from GH3
  • phantomsight2 - August 22, 2009 7:33 p.m.

    Guitar Hero: Word Tour definitely made me appreciate Tool. Schism, Parabola, and Vicarious are all in the game. I have so much respect for Tool, now that I understand how talented each of the bandmembers are. Long live awesome drum and bass solos!
  • NanoElite666 - August 22, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    Um...? Not really any, I think. I've found that ever since I play the first Guitar Hero game, throughout all the various metal tracks that have been in these games (because metal is what I listen to) there have been very few occasions where I'm not already familiar with a band in some form. No doubt there are some people out there who had their first exposure to At The Gates via "Blinded by Fear" as part of Rock Band's Earache Thrash Pack. Me? I looked at that and said "Oh hell YES!" Now we just need the rest of the album that that track is from.
  • linkganon - August 22, 2009 4:52 p.m.

    sources indicate that stricken is not a band. stricken is a name of a song by Disturbed, and down with the sickness is another song written by Disturbed, which happens to be a band i would have never known if not for guitar hero 3 since my search for that song ended with a bunch of other songs they made.
  • GamerTagsSuck - August 22, 2009 4:02 p.m.

    Though I believe that music games generally slaughter the music, it did introduce me to Muse, so I'm good with that.And Thomashalpennny, there is no rap on music games because rap is not music.
  • LokiRising - August 22, 2009 4 p.m.

    I picked up a copy of GTA Vice City at my local used cds and bitchin' merch store, and I started listening to their VRock station. Since then I started listening to TOO much hair metal and Judas Priest and other 80s shznizzle. Hell, I even went and watched the new Friday the 13th, thinking I could get some sort of 80s nostaligia. I ended up getting nostalgia for the movie store, where I should have got Evil Dead. Oh well. And Christina Scabbia is a goddess.
  • mentalityljs - August 22, 2009 3:27 a.m.

    @didideve: The band is Disturbed, not Stricken, and yes, they kick ass!!!
  • H2A2I00 - August 22, 2009 12:37 a.m.

    i like avenged sevenfold cause of rock band 2 and a bunch of other groups cause i play tons of music games
  • Pepsuber88 - August 21, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Thanks to Jimi Hendrix in Guitar Hero, I took real guitar classes.

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