“Guitar Hero,” a music-based game that puts the player center stage as a true-to-life rock star, has become a cultural phenomenon. No more singing in the shower or playing air guitar.
“Guitar Hero,” a music-based game that puts the player center stage as a true-to-life rock star, has become a cultural phenomenon.
No more singing in the shower or playing air guitar.
The video game, which uses a plastic guitar complete with colored fret buttons and a strum bar (in lieu of the standard console controller), puts the player in the limelight and asks them to play rock hits from the 1960s to the present.
“Guitar Hero” can be played solo or with/against other players, and competitions are springing up across the nation.
A “Guitar Hero” competition was recently held at Stone Crest Mall in Osage Beach, Mo. A young aspiring rock star from Eldon, 12-year-old Skyler Yakich, took home top honors in the contest.
We asked the honor-roll student about his experience.
Q: What was it like playing in the Guitar Hero contest at the Stone Crest Mall?
A: It was fun. I was a little nervous at first but not as bad as other contests.
Q: So you've competed in other events? Where?
A: I played in the bowling alley by Marshall's (Eagle Lanes) before.
Q: How did you do?
A: I got second one time and first another time.
Q: How did you become interested in Guitar Hero?
A: I was at a friend's house and he asked me to play. I've been playing for about a year now.
Q: So what is your favorite to play? What is the hardest song to play in the game?
A: "Raining Blood" by Slayer is one of my favorites. The hardest song is probably ... um ... "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce.
Q: Who are your favorites bands/artists in real life?
A: Gun N' Roses and Metallica are really good.
Q: Besides making the honor roll at school and winning the contest, what else do you enjoy doing?
A: I like to play baseball. I am a pitcher.
Q: Any advice for new players?
A: Just keep practicing. Start out with songs you can play, and when you get good at those just pick harder songs. That's what I did.
“Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” was developed by Neversoft and published by Activision and Red Octane (2007).
Lake Sun Leader