August 10, 1995
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
(CNN) -- Computers have invaded every aspect of the music industry, and now a new product from IBM is radically changing what is perhaps rock 'n' roll's most popular instrument, the air guitar.
People who want to be rock 'n' roll stars no longer have to bother taking the time to learn how to play the guitar. Virtual stardom awaits in Quest For Fame from IBM. Using a digital pick, players can progress from the bedroom to the garage band and all the way to the top.
"Of course, they will probably have to take a little sarcasm to begin with, but if their egos can handle it, they can practice through.. And it really takes the strokes of the rhythm of the music. It'll play the right notes if you have the rhythm," said Cal Morrell of IBM Multimedia Studios.
For those who can cut it, virtual stardom awaits in the studio with Aerosmith. The band worked closely with IBM to create the software, and players can go all the way to arenas with Aerosmith. Or it can all come crashing down.
"We found in tests that it's kind of a karaoke experience in that it's fun to play. Although when you're playing and concentrating you seem to lose a lot of the humor. But everyone around you has a better time," said Morrell.
You can reserve your seat on the tour bus and your all access pass with Quest For Fame. It's available from IBM multimedia studios for PC compatible computers, 486 and higher, with CD rom.
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