I Beat Guitar Hero III.

Before I left for my vacation, I beat Guitar Hero III on “hard” mode. After trying unsuccessfully several times to beat the final boss, Lou the Demon, in an apocalyptic guitar battle, I finally triumphed and was declared a “Rock Legend” by the game.

I felt really really proud of myself after doing so. This is a true demonstration of the power of a great video game: it provides a sense of reward for accomplishment that we so often do not get in the real world. If I nailed that guitar solo in my living room on the regular guitar, there is not screaming crowd, awesome end sequence, or any other immediate gratification that Guitar Hero rewards you with after you progress through the entire sequence of songs and guitar battles.