Dy-sphoric sent this to me. It's an interesting post about how research has shown that up to 2.5 million children have picked up guitars and drums after playing music-themed video games.
In the study the UK Times suggests that research by one of Britain's largest music charities suggests that the popularity of active music titles such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band have prompted up to 2.5 million children to learn the instruments for real.
I find this interesting due to the great debate of whether game systems like Guitar Hero or Rock Band are hindering the next generation of musicians. I would have to say that this study does give me a new perspective on the whole thing. If the game systems are actually creating a desire to learn how to play instruments then maybe they aren't such a bad thing after all.
Here's a link to the origional post Gear Trap