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Zen and the Art of Guitar Hero 220

An anonymous reader writes "Julian Murdoch over at 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 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.
  • Re:Not that exciting (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @11:09AM (#21738732) Homepage
    I get that it's fun, I get that it's challenging. What I don't get is why anybody would want to watch it be played. I think it would be fun to play. I don't think it's a fun game to watch.
  • Re:I don't get it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by bobintetley ( 643462 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @12:12PM (#21739516)

    They're two completely different things. I've played guitar for 20 years and I can play most of the tracks in Guitar Hero on a real guitar. I've also five starred every song on expert in every Guitar Hero game (with the exception of Jordan and TTFATF).

    Guitar Hero is fun. It's not the same as playing a real instrument, nor will it give you the skills you need to play a real instrument. It's a blast in itself and great fun if you have friends over (or play online). When playing at expert level, most of the songs are actually way more difficult to play on Guitar Hero than they are on a real guitar (granted, to someone who can already play) because of the limited button interface, this just serves to make it even more satisfying when you pull it off.

    I suggest you try it with an open mind before you knock it - you might just find you enjoy it. Just see it for what it is - an excellent piece of entertainment.

  • by Reaper9889 ( 602058 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2007 @04:25PM (#21743294)
    "There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself"

    Johann Sebastian Bach
  • and 1000+ hrs on rhythm games... Simply put, you're wrong. And you're full of yourself too. Rhythm skills transfer to all instruments. If you can play Guitar Hero on expert, all you've got to learn is the fretboard and NOTES to play guitar; in terms of the rhythm, you've already learned. Of course, I did it backwards. 10+ years of guitar playing, THEN guitar hero. Got through 80% of songs in "HARD" mode in 1 try. I still got the rhythm, and 5 buttons is extremely easy compared to a guitar. The point being: If you learn rhythm, you're about 1/3rd of the way there to playing ANY instrument, not just guitar. (P.S. I drum too.)

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