Get closer to 11 with Stage Kit for 'Rock Band 2'

Stage Kit for 'Rock Band' and 'Rock Band 2' is coming in October for $99.

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So you love Rock Band 2, but somehow when you're playing, the reality that you're a normal person with a normal job and not a rich rock star is still able to annoyingly creep in.

Now, you could go out and learn how to play a real musical instrument and start your own band. However, it would probably fail to gather any of that widespread popularity you're yearning for, eventually leading to your untimely, but not surprising drug-induced death. Fret not, though, because there is an alternative.

Stage Kit from Performance Designed Products (PDP), attempts to enhance the immersion of Rock Band and Rock Band 2 for the Xbox 360 by creating a light and smoke effect that is supposedly synchronized to the music.

Stage Kit will be available this month for $99. Watch the video below to see it in action. Please excuse the wince-inducing lameness of the video, though. My guess is that the groupies are not included.

While a smoke and light machine is cool, I think I'd prefer a peripheral that allowed for a mini foam Stonehenge to be lowered from my ceiling, but that's just me, I guess.