Right, I think I've only read like halfway down the first page, and if somebody else has already said this, you have backup.
Programming takes patience and knowledge, instrument playing takes skill, patience and knowledge. When you program a guitar, it's like the majority of the NG 'Metal Portal' programming Acoustica Beatcraft or Drumkit From Hell (is that it?). First we want to the absolute perfect sound for drums that fit with the song, and then it takes patience to program it all.
I play drums aswell, but the reason why I don't usually play the drum tracks in my NG songs is because of sound quality (if I could seperate all the different mics in the mix and edit them seperately, every song on here would be recorded drum tracks).
We all understand the process of programming instruments, and it can only be harder when the instrument needs musical notes, but it also says to me that people programming synth guitars are too fucking lazy to pick up the real thing, and they're oblivious to the benefits.
For the guy who was mentioning that it takes 10 minutes to write the riff before programming, you clearly assume that we can just wing anything out on guitar over a drum track and call it metal. It makes no difference, except that careless people can get carried away with their synth guitar programming and execute what is impossible to play on a real guitar. Composition skills are exactly the same whether programming or not, the reason why I say both needs knowledge of music. Another thing that makes a difference, is that when the guitars are programmed, they are played perfectly. Writing a difficult song on real guitar is going to be difficult to record, hence the patience and skill.
Also, most synth guitars are just poor... I'm a perfectionist with music, and anyone like me will instantly detect a synth guitar, and for people like me it's just annoying to know that such a high scoring song was made with something that takes no significant form of skill, just something that anyone can do.
And don't fucking say "Programming synth guitar does take skill to get the levels, sound and equalization to make it sound real, and then we have to write the song aswell, whereas playing guitar is just hit record and play" because that's all fucking bullshit. Levels, tone, equalization is all the same with recording the real thing, except it's a little easier because IT'S THE REAL INSTRUMENT that has taken me four years to learn up to this point. Synth guitar programs are like video cameras, once you know where everything is, you know exactly what to do.
Call me musically prejudiced, but for me, a well written song can be completely ruined by using fake guitars.
Learning the instrument gives you so much more.