Back in seventh grade, most my friends and I were playing either Halo 3 or one of the few Call of Duty games that were out at that time. Then my friend Christian broke the chain and picked up a game called Guitar Hero III. When the rest of my friends and I visited his house, we were awe struck by how cool this game was! Even though the game didn’t remotely teach you how to play actual guitar, it was still unbelievably fun to mash buttons on a fake guitar. Since my friends couldn’t stop taking turns playing this game (aka grabbing the plastic guitar out of each other’s hands) the rest of us quickly bought our own copies of Guitar Hero III.
To unlock all the songs in the game, you must beat one set list of five songs at a time. And as you beat each set list, the songs get more and more difficult. The first set list had songs like “Slow Ride” by Foghat, “Rock and Roll All Night” by KISS and “Story of My Life” by OneDirection! Just kidding, by Social Distortion. These songs weren’t the best, but were at least good in the sense that they were easy and helped you get a hang of the controls.
As I continued to play, I got better and I actually started enjoying some of the music. A few songs that this game introduced me to that I enjoy and still listen to today are “Reptilia” by the Strokes, “The Metal” by Tenacious D, “Knights of Cydonia” by Muse, and “One” by Metallica. Guitar Hero III also introduced an international song called “Mauvais Garcon” by Naast to my friends and me. We had no clue what a single word meant because it was in French, but we really enjoyed playing it. A song that is practically infamous because of this game is “Through the Fire and Flames” by DragonForce. It is known by pretty much every Guitar Hero player that it is one of the hardest songs to pass or perfect out of every Guitar Hero game. Throughout the years, none of my friends or I have managed to pass the song but that didn’t stop us from trying for hours on top of hours (apparently that is one of my favorite phrases now).
To this day, my friends and I always find time to whip out those cheap plastic guitars and clack away to a few songs. Just as I mentioned in some of my other video game posts about Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. bringing people together, I feel the same underlying theme with Guitar Hero. Whenever my friends and I hear “Knights of Cydonia,” “One,” or any other song from the game, we always reminisce of the insane amount of time we spent playing Guitar Hero III and joking around and competing to get the highest score on a song. So long as those cheap guitars stay in tact, my friends and I will continue to have plastic-y jam sessions and priceless fun.