After rereading all of the posts here, I just want to add that: yes, GH is not like playing a real guitar, but remember, playing forza isn't like driving a real car but people still like it. Halo is nothing like actually wielding dual SMGs. What i'm saying is don't hate GH because its not like the "real thing".
But hey, if you want to learn guitar, yeah, pick up a real guitar, not GH. Same goes for Forza. Stick with halo though for shooting people please.
GH is a good game. Overrated? Most likely. Realistic? Not at all. But it's a good game, and the key word there is GAME. If people think they've got mad skillz with it, let them think, the fabric of society is based on the illusions we create for ourselves anyway. If they think they can play a real guitar, hand one to them.
There's no reason to get pissed and fly off the deep end just because the world is full of dumbasses who confuse reality and fiction. That's like blaming violence on videogames. It's not the games fault at all, it never is, it's the fault of the gamer and their mental instabilities.
But anyway, call Guitar Hero whatever you want, I honestly don't care. It's a game I'll continue to play, until Halo 3 comes out. I mean, it's pretty satisfying when you Gold 5-Star a song without realizing it, one that you've been trying to get forever. And as for hearing about nothing but GH 3 at your gamestop, remember, that's just the one in your area. Three days ago I was at my local gamestop and it was packed with Madden fans, now THERE'S something to complain about. They were just standing there, those kind of folks are generally video game fans, they're Madden fans.
And I couldn't care less about Rock Band, I'm a GH player and I see no reason to care one way or the other about another rock group based game in competition for the spotlight. I am not paying $200 bucks for an entire set that I have absolutely no room for in my small home, especially when I can't even get on Xbox live.