Recent talk of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises have got me thinking about plastic instruments and if they still have a place in our current gaming culture. If you were into these games back when they were hugely popular, you probably have a small room filled with plastic pieces to play these titles. I recall having a full Rock Band set up (drums, keyboard, mic, guitar/bass) along with a couple different Guitar Hero guitars. When having friends over or hosting parties, the plastic instruments inevitably made it out and folks had a blast playing with them. Fast forward to today. These games are no longer a "thing" and it's difficult to even find new fake instruments on store shelves. Retailers have all since abandoned the product and I'd imagine are probably reluctant to start stocking them on their shelves again. This is all somewhat speculative however as the full plans for the next Rock Band and Guitar Hero games have yet to be fully revealed. Will they require NEW plastic instruments, can you use the old ones, or will they instead go a more realistic route like the current series Rocksmith which has an interface for a real guitar and a teaching interface for beginning players? Or perhaps they ditch the instruments entirely and offer up a motion detected experience or maybe just with a plain old controller. Where do you stand with the return of music games and what is your interest level in returning to the plastic instruments? Or would you prefer an alternative control mechanism and if so, what would that be?