Nissa Ludwig used to be musician and a dancer and a performer. But ever since a progressive metabolic disorder rendered her wheelchair-bound, "Rock Band" is as close as she gets to the stage.
"It's a place where you don't lose your social skills," says Ludwig, a top-ranked bass player in "Rock Band." "I have the opportunity to be a human being and not be judged by what I look like."
And, she says, it gives her a chance to play music - virtual though it may be - with other people again. "Nobody plays an instrument because they want to play alone. It's social," says Ludwig.