Seriously, can't someone just buy this kid a real Fender guitar?

Posted on Thu Feb 5 2009

At noon yesterday, Danny Johnson reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the highest score for a single song on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The astounded and adoring crowd (likely his parents, because he's 14), watched in amazement as he scored 973,954. (I can flip Atari Asteroids at will, so take that buddy.) He played "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce. (Doesn't everyone have that on their iPod?) Johnson, who has 2.5 million views on his YouTube channel, accomplished the feat in conjunction with the launch of the Guinness World Records 2009 Gamer's Edition. (How many hours have been wasted trying to get into that tome boggles the mind.) Fortunately, the game's popularity has prompted some wannabe rock stars to pick a real six string, typically at a Guitar Center.

—Posted by Kenneth Hein

For better or worse, 'Guitar Hero' players want real instruments

Posted on Tue Jan 20 2009

The thing we all love about video games is the fantasy element: You get to save the world, get the girl or just blow a bunch of crap up. Guitar Hero taps right into that, enabling people to indulge their inner rock star. Unlike other games, however, Guitar Hero seems to be encouraging some crossover from fantasy into reality.
  In a new poll by Guitar Center, two-thirds of people who play Rock Band or Guitar Hero said they are now likely to begin playing a real instrument within the next two years. Guitar Center has noticed. It reported a 26.9 percent spike in same-store sales for the first nine months of 2008. Among the most popular items: beginner-level electric guitars. (Maybe the fantasy is best left unrealized after all.)
  No word on how many people plan to take singing lessons so they can be like Seal and bag Heidi Klum, who is featured in the latest Guitar Hero ads.

—Posted by Kenneth Hein



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