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‘Guitar Hero’ big hit at EWC

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“Guitar Hero,” this year’s new addition to the Emo Walleye Classic’s music events, was a big hit with computer gamers of all ages.

First created in 2005, “Guitar Hero” is a series of music video games. It became such an instant hit that it literally spread around the world in a very short time.

The program allows players to simulate the playing of lead guitar, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar to numerous rock songs.

Players match notes that scroll on-screen to coloured fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points.

The “Guitar Hero” contest at the EWC pitted participants of all ages in a head-to-head battle. The purpose of the competition was to score as many points as possible in order to proceed to

the next level.

Obviously, not everyone is cut out for guitar playing. It requires manual dexterity, co-ordination, a good sense of rhythm, and a great deal of patience to become a rock guitarist.

“Guitar Hero” requires a similar set of capabilities to conquer the game.

Becoming a master on a “Guitar Hero” controller is not the same as mastering the real instrument. Both however, take hours and hours of practice.

This was the case with many of the competitors at the EWC. Most must have practised for many hours in order to achieve the level of sophistication that some of the young guitar heroes exhibited.

On Friday evening, after beating every competitor, including at least one who was several years older, Connor Pocock emerged as the 2009 EWC “Guitar Hero” champ.

 Pocock’s speed and agility on the computer game, combined with his excellent sense of rhythm, helped propel him to the top.

“He was amazing,” enthused one of the organizers.

EWC directors and other adults who have spent any time at all trying to master “Guitar Hero” watched with their mouths literally hanging open as this young competitor crushed opponent after opponent.

Pocock took home the grand prize of $100 for his efforts.

Although “Guitar Hero” was a brand new event at this year’s EWC, it was well-received by everyone who enjoys the game.

In fact, plans already are underway for next year’s competition. Hopefully it will be even bigger and better than this year’s battle.

In the meantime, if you are a fanatic of “Guitar Hero,” keep practising!

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