Guitar Hero III world record goes up in flames

When the first Guitar Hero came out in 2005, a running joke inside its fanbase was the hypothetical inclusion of infamous power-metal group DragonForce in an upcoming installment of Activision's popular rhythm-game franchise. Though the idea was initially brushed off as preposterous, Activision up...

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When the first Guitar Hero came out in 2005, a running joke inside its fanbase was the hypothetical inclusion of infamous power-metal group DragonForce in an upcoming installment of Activision's popular rhythm-game franchise. Though the idea was initially brushed off as preposterous, Activision up and did just that with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii last November. It now appears that the British headbangers are the subject of a new Guinness World Record.

Heralding the arrival of the Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2008 this week, its editors held a contest in New York City that pitted the planet's top Guitar Hero players against each other. Winning the event was 16-year-old Chris Chike of Rochester, Minnesota, who captured the record for "Highest Score for a Single Song on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" by thrashing his way to a 97 percent completion rate and 840,647 points in DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flames" on expert difficulty.

The Guinness World Records: Gamer's Edition is presided over by Twin Galaxies, subject of 2007's critically acclaimed King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Gamers who think they have a record on their hands are encouraged to visit Guinness World Record's Web site to learn how to submit their score. Chike's record-setting performance can been seen on YouTube.

Discussion

358 comments
g-force1094
g-force1094

This guy has no life what so freaking ever, and "Through the Fire and Flames" is not such a great song terrible lyrics and I hate Dragonforce! I really hate when people ask me if I can beat it on expert, YES!!, it's not that hard, Yngwie Malmsteen's "Capri di Diablo" is WAY harder! Who cares about Through the Fire and Flames, get a job and a life.

Peaches1347
Peaches1347

wow imagine his potential if he learned real guitar =D

nja7
nja7

When someone gets 100%, ill be TRULY amazed. =]

airnikes23
airnikes23

WOW that is talented in the coolest way possible

Sivok
Sivok

now just imagine what he could of done if he spent all that time on GH3 with a real guitar =p

Zestytoaster
Zestytoaster

there will never be a 100%. you never catch the dragon... but 97 is pretty good. Heroin hero 4 should find something way more badass... like you chase a sabretooth tiger... oh GUITAR hero? that game is for noobs!

beer_tree
beer_tree

Thats amazing, if only I could play like that!

robosushi
robosushi

If Twin Galaxies is overseeing all video game records, I wouldn't be surprised if this kids score is beaten in a week by Billy Mitchell

aramitz
aramitz

-Gaza- : Keys to the city? maybe not. Considering -Fatal1ty- was a legend purely at Quake and a few other FPS's and as a result got his own signature range of hardware with his mug plastered all over. I think a guiness world record is suitable compensation for him (albeit maybe not quite so financially). Recognition showing that other tests of gaming skill exsist other than being good at twitch shooters is a welcome thing. Maybe Chris could be involved with designing the next iteration of GH/Rock Band controller as he seems to know better than anyone how it could be improved?

Spencer626
Spencer626

Thats amazing dude. I can't even beat the song. Congrats

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

Nice job. If anyone claims to score 100%, they better step up and do it in person (I've seen the youtube vids of higher scores... they look fake). BTW - I'm waiting for Billy Mitchell to submit a video claiming that he scored 850,000 points on that song. /obscure?

Bart247
Bart247

Sweet mary, mother of GOD! That's impressive work.

Krol_23
Krol_23

dude whoever says that 909 000 is the real world record are idiots becuase that was also by him...iamchrisforlife!!!...he beat his own record

-GAZA-
-GAZA-

@ aramittz He has his name at/near the top of scorehero.com and the XBL leaderboards that is more than enough recognition. He is good at a video game, thats all. What would you like to for him...give him a key to the city or something. What the hell.

aramitz
aramitz

So that's Chris4life? About time he got recognised for his skill I say! He's been at/near the top of scorehero.com and the XBL leaderboards since the dawn of time. Congrats!

stryke297
stryke297

Lol I can't get 15% on medium....major ups.

Zacek
Zacek

That guy is impressive.

Venoxile
Venoxile

This is just sad.. real guitarists with real talent get little to no publicity, while this bum gets a guiness world record. *sigh*

xPoOFx
xPoOFx

dude that is siick!...i cant even pass the beginning of the song on expert

-GAZA-
-GAZA-

He is the greatest fake guitar player ever! sincerely, people who can't dance playing Dance, Dance, Revolution

GtKiNg29
GtKiNg29

thats insane i tried that song and never could get over 260,000!!!(thats WITH cheating) and yes, i'm good you must play that song wayyyyyyyyy too much!!!!!

Leick3
Leick3

does anyone else think this is an incredibly lame thing to be famous for?

Grandstream
Grandstream

Honestly, if someone can score like this on TTFAF, then mastering any other song wouldn't be a problem. I think Devil Went Down to Georgia and Raining Blood are the other two hardest songs on GH3...

jimmulvaney
jimmulvaney

That's pretty cool. but like sniper_basic said earlier, its funny to watch ppl totally obliterate other ppl on such a tough song, but then give them something like Welcome to the Jungle and they cant get pass 40% or something more legendary with multiple rhythms to it like Santana or Smashing Pumpkins. Before I accept a battle with someone, I have to watch them play Raining Blood or The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Now that is an endurance test! Another quick little point. I have to say that after playing these great songs and learning the rhythms, my guitar playing has gotten better, more of a flow and listening to other bands i can really pick up on their influences. For instance i was listening to Devil Driver and I swear i thought the beginning was straight out of Slayer. Thanks for making such a great game and finding a new innovative way to educate people young and old about music in general.

ratm247
ratm247

wow, now only if he had used his time learning to play a real guitar, then we might have some new music to listen to that doesnt suck. instead we have a cover of an old song accompanied by the clickity-clak of plastic guitar buttons.

Rozar505
Rozar505

What's up with these comments? I see some with -150 reputation!

ZhugeMarc
ZhugeMarc

There probably is higher scores, but until the people who got them do it in front of World Record witness, this kid's one step up. He did damn good.

TheGum
TheGum

Yeah, even though people on YouTube claim 100%, I'm 100% positive no one else will come forward and claim they can do better.

Suiranev
Suiranev

16 is the legual age to get a job right? LOL gratz but lol at the same time.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

For everyone bashing this article... wtf? Why are you even reading this let alone commenting? It's just a game! No one cares if you can play real guitar, but they do if you can play Dragonforce on expert. Hell yeah.

darkfire201
darkfire201

wow on GH 97% ah... sry maybe i can beat u WITH a REAL guitar... though not perfect myself :)

Phizzo89
Phizzo89

1st: there are scores better then this 2nd: grats on winning the least amount of a social life awatd

TrueIori
TrueIori

HOLY CRAP that all i got to say. like a post b4 me said Skynet FTW

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

I've seen higher scores on the leaderboards online...but they werent much higher. I bet there someone out there ltao cause theyve beaten that

UgliVIVIsectVI
UgliVIVIsectVI

Maybe he'll learn how to play a real guitar now.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk

"Drewfus Wait, why is this newsworthy, or even worthy of praise at all? It's just a video game. They're treating this kid like he has some sort of skill worthy of commenting on? He presses coloured buttons on a little plastic guitar. " you do realize you are on a gaming website right? and that they are covering the video game edition of the Guinness world records? and that pretty much all video games involve pressing buttons?...

FreeBallz
FreeBallz

i hope he plays real guitar, by the way, g@y shirt

PhantomPhoot
PhantomPhoot

I wonder how many people claim they got 100%. I wish they'd tell me when and where he used his Star Power. He did use it, right?

diesil
diesil

its funny that my friends that play have to tape down a button to even make it through the beggining

Diernes
Diernes

Well unless he can actually play the song to 100% completion on a real guitar. I am unimpressed. Although i dont like the Band, they do have amazing guitarists.

zcds
zcds

wow, how bout you learn to play this song for real instead of pressing colorfull buttons to it. He'll be quickly forgoten

xblane
xblane

I always wonder how good at actual guitar these guys would be if they put that much time into it... anyway, that is an aside... well done :)