The other night, we put off Guitar Hero in favor of trying out SingStar, a sort of karaoke game where you try to sing along with the songs on the screen. I wandered off to see if we could talk Dad into giving this one a try. After all, he once sang in the church choir and often sings little songs he makes up for tributes to faculty retiring at the university. (As it turns out, he's famous for this. I met a professor from another department the other day, and when I mentioned Dad's name, he said, "Oh! He's the poem guy!" But I digress.)
"Hey, we've got a new game going on out there," I told Dad. "It's like Guitar Hero only with singing instead of playing guitar."
He looked at me soberly. "Yes," he said. "I was wondering whether or not I should call 911 because of the wails of pain I was hearing from out there."
I laughed. "Oh come on, it's not that bad!" And oddly enough, it wasn't. I was actually surprised by how well everyone was doing on it. "You want to come give it a try? We've got a spare microphone just waiting for you."
He thought about it for a moment, then shook his head. "No, that's okay," he replied, "I think I'll pass."
He paused, and went on, "But if they ever come out with Quadratic Equation Hero, I'll be right there."
"What about Graph The Function Hero?" I asked him with a grin.
"Oh yeah," he said, "that's definitely my game."
Someone tell Sony. There's a whole untapped market out there that they're not taking advantage of.
And you read it here first.