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Guitar Hero's 'Air Guitar Rocker' hits the shelves

Belt-buckle device goes on sale.


We have only one request of those who are wondering whether to get a Guitar Hero "Air Guitar Rocker": If you're a middle-aged man, don't.

It's one thing if you're Crave-meister Brian Tong, who sampled it at CES earlier this year, but it's not the same with an old guy trying desperately to relive his youth with air guitar. Jada Toys' device is finally on sale at Target, Wal-Mart, and other big retailers, offering a mini-amplifier, sensor-packed belt buckle, and an "Air Cartridge" with "ten signature guitar riffs" of various degrees of difficulty, according to Engadget.

It's the latest in a long and depressing line of air guitar devices that come in the form of a wristband, electric pick, T-shirt, and an amputated neck. The Air Guitar Rocker does have the vaunted Guitar Hero seal of approval, of course. But, as we've seen before, that's not necessarily enough to keep a player from self-inflicted embarrassment.