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Zen and the Art of Guitar Hero 220

Posted by Zonk
from the watching-a-master-at-work dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Julian Murdoch over at GamersWithJobs.com has what can only be described as a piece of liturgy, proclaiming a religious experience at his local Best Buy as he watches someone beat 'Through the Fire and the Flames' on Expert in Guitar Hero 3. 'At 6 minutes in, a small crowd has formed, perhaps 15 of us. His sravaka — his disciples — look nervously at us, absorbing the distractions, protecting him a bubble of calm. There is complete silence. Even my son is staring slackjawed, like he does in church during communion, not understanding the content of the ritual but understanding the tone and sacredness of the space.'"
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Zen and the Art of Guitar Hero

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  • by kitzkar (980045) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @10:34AM (#21738320) Homepage
    ... in 3... 2... 1...
    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @10:44AM (#21738434)
      You....Are...Fags!
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Fierythrasher (777913)
        Obviously you have not been modded up for this very funny comment because no one has SEEN that South Park episode and, instead, thinks you're just trolling.
        • by Poltras (680608)

          Obviously you have not been modded up for this very funny comment because no one has SEEN that South Park episode and, instead, thinks you're just trolling.
          If no one can get the reference, it's not funny. That's the very definition of humor and inside jokes.
          Then, by deduction, if no one on slashdot laughs, there's no need to mod him funny.
          • by Psmylie (169236) * on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:57AM (#21739318) Homepage
            If a tree tells a joke in the forest and nobody hears it, is it still funny?

            Probably not, but it's still a talking tree, and that's worth something.

          • by Fierythrasher (777913) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @12:08PM (#21739454) Homepage
            So inside jokes have no value? I refer to Denis Miller's 5% joke guideline where the majority of his jokes have to hit the mass audience but several of his more esoteric references are aimed at only the 5% of the audience who knows what he's talking about. If you're in the 95% you're confused, but if you're in the 5% then it's funny as all hell.
            • by Poltras (680608)

              If you're in the 95% you're confused, but if you're in the 5% then it's funny as all hell.
              If that 5% don't have mod points, don't ask the remaining 95% to mod the inside joke funny. The system works.
            • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

              by Rei (128717)
              So inside jokes have no value?

              Well, the human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds given adequate vaccuuming systems, so you ought be careful not to annoy your audience too much :) I don't think anyone smiles in hospitals. This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. They won't appreciate your humor. Thankfully, we, the Slashdot posters of Culture 19, know well the value of a good joke. Either you win and
    • by StarvingSE (875139) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:08AM (#21738718)
      Afterward, the kid couldn't take all the fame that came after this huge best buy show. He went into his basement and played Heroin Hero for weeks straight in order to deal with it.
    • Step 1) Play Guitar Hero
      Step 2) ???
      Step 3) Profit!
  • I've been thinking about giving one of those Guitar Hero games a spin but I don't want to drop a crapload of money on a new console (or video card for the windows port) plus the cost of the game and controller. It turns out that there is a pygame project called Frets on Fire [sourceforge.net] that uses your computer keyboard as your axe. It's GNU gpl and cross-platform though I can only vouch for Windows myself.

    The only downside is the lack of licensed songs. There looks to be a pretty good community with lots of user-crea
  • by Nailexe (1086827) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:03AM (#21738662)
    I've noticed something that Guitar Hero players and real guitar players have in common. Guitar Hero players think you're lazy and suck if you play on medium, real guitar players think you're lazy and suck if you don't play guitar. And unless you're damn amazing absolutely neither of them will get you laid.
  • by hal2814 (725639) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:03AM (#21738664)
    Who remembers the crowds that used to form around the one-on-one fighting games? People cheering and booing and complaining about cheap moves and whatever made the game a blast to play. I own most of the home ports of the Capcom and SNK fighters but nothing will beat the times I played Marvel Super Heroes (the only one I was any good at) for over an hour straight on $0.50. I played person after person and then I thought everybody had gone away. I ended up beating the game and realized that everyone else was still back there watching. It was kind of a cool feeling.
  • by Altus (1034) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:56AM (#21739312) Homepage

    was he deaf, dumb, and blind?
  • Dude... if you're going to do that, do it at home so you can at least get the achievement for it! :)
  • This is the point where I come out of the woodwork and promote my obscure but incredibly fun music videogame of choice :) If you enjoyed seeing TTFAF, have a look at the boss songs of beatmania IIDX:

    Human Sequencer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLJTZJ2Sevk&feature=related [youtube.com]
    Nageki no Ki: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf3r7gatAiA&NR=1 [youtube.com]

    Not nearly as long as TTFAF, but 2000 notes in 2 minutes is quite a thing to behold.

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