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This 9-year-old is better than you at Guitar Hero

It's sort of like the perennial Rubik's Cube gag. You see some guy fiddling with the famous puzzle toy, saying something like "these things are impossible; nobody could solve this." At that moment, a plucky young tyke will come along, pick up the toy, and solve it within seconds. Now apply said gag to Guitar Hero III and the song "Through the Fire and Flames" by DragonForce ... on Expert. Watch the video above and see 9-year-old Ben crush every ounce of Guitar Hero pride you ever had. Gasp in terror as the boy even has enough time to glance away from the screen in order to smile at the camera. In the end, he winds up landing 95% of the notes and earning a score of over 750,000 points.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to weep softly in the corner for a few hours.

[Via Gamertag Radio]

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12-27-2007 @ 4:59PM

rhseyegeg said...

That kid needs a girlfriend. :-D

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12-27-2007 @ 5:58PM

Boff said...

I haven't even finished TtFaF on medium yet! Fair play he's good.

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Rob Z43

12-27-2007 @ 6:03PM

Rob Z said...

Too all of you crying about how good this kid is hes, not, I am calling this video a fake, at the begining he doesnt even strum, and at times during the video he is only hitting hte bottom three buttons when there are green and red buttons being hit on the screen. You can say what you all want about me, but I am calling this video a fake.

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12-27-2007 @ 6:45PM

ian said...

Idiot, it's called a hammer on, have you played GH3 before? Die for being so skeptical.

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12-27-2007 @ 6:35PM

Amber said...

Uh.. I don't see how his age is relevent..

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Rob Zimmerman46

12-27-2007 @ 6:53PM

Rob Zimmerman said...

Even when you hammer on you still ahve to hit the button, havent you ever played GH3 before??

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12-27-2007 @ 7:08PM

betsworth08 said...

He is using codes. easy expert. and the singer is different than normal too.

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12-27-2007 @ 7:49PM

Easo said...

Why does it sound like someone is playing rock band drums. Is that possible? Would it help? How much time would it take an adult to master the same song?
and why does my wifes cat sleep under my computer desk and snore? I didnt even know cats snored.

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12-27-2007 @ 11:52PM

Randy said...


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12-28-2007 @ 12:51AM

Tony said...

It's really disgusting how people are reacting to this kid. Not here, but where the video is originally hosted. For every nice comment there seems to be like three comments from assholes. How is anyone calling a 9 year old kid a "homo" or telling him to get a life while likely spending exorbitant amounts of time online? These posts always make me feel bad for humanity, it seems like every video site is full of people like that lol.

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12-28-2007 @ 2:26AM

LFotF said...

If you go to this kid's, (or maybe it's his parents, idk), youtube page, you'll see that this kid has been consistently amazing for a while now. MAD PROPS!!!

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12-28-2007 @ 2:37AM

Kirk said...

To betsworth08: you're a noob. It's not easy expert. He has hyperspeed on. And there's nothing easy about it, alot of advanced players prefer it because it spaces out the notes, thus making the measures alot easier to read.

To elmersglue: dude, I'm half decent at GH, and I got an 86% on TFaF on expert. I think some people like the challenge and Harmonix has done a great job recreating the learning curve of playing the guitar. Some people just read into games alot harder, I guess...

and To Rob Z (and I guess Zimmerman): he "tapped" the beginning. It's a real guitar technique made famous by Eddie Van Halen, and I think the guys at Harmonix are awesome for incorporating it into the game. In TFaF, you hit that first note once and however you'd like to do it, you can "tap" that first section out, just like Ben's doing. Actually, numerous songs on GH (most notably this song and Jordan) incorporate "tapping", using both hands to hit those really hard passages instead of one on the fretboard. Ya noob...

...and for any doubts on this kid's cred...

So basically, this kid (Ben) is a regular on, a site that lets you post your scores on Guitar Hero I, II, 80's, & III. The site's actually so legit that Harmonix Founder & CEO Alex Rigopulous donated a significant amount of money and cred to the enormously community-driven site, so it's like the holy grail of Guitar Hero-ness and "beberle2" is like a god to the posters there.

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12-28-2007 @ 3:14AM

Delgado said...

That was one of the better Joystiq comments that I've read, from someone who knows what hes talking about.


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12-29-2007 @ 12:45AM

violenceinhd said...

Except that Harmonix didn't make GH3, Shittersoft did.

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12-28-2007 @ 8:55AM

xboxbuff said...

Ben's good at Guitar Hero series, hope he can pick up a real guitar

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12-28-2007 @ 12:45PM

DRock067 said...

Is the guitar even on? It doesn't look it.

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12-28-2007 @ 2:04PM

dan said...

you're right, this kid is better than me.

i can pass this song on Medium, but not without my fingers falling off.

damn youth... now GET OFF MY LAWN!

/only 28, so not really old... just feeling it after watching this

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12-28-2007 @ 2:39PM

Philip said...

why does he not strum in the very beginning what so ever is that possible?

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12-28-2007 @ 3:41PM

deddyluger said...

Yeah but how good is he at heroin hero?

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12-28-2007 @ 5:07PM

ccc said...

I think its a fake.

They never ever actually show him activate star power and if you watch, when it is turned on you can't see him. Except in one instance when we could see the side of him when it was activated and the guitar wasn't tiped up to do it. Which means this is either fake or less likley he uses the button to activate star power. Also for the harder sections of the song the camera went off him. Add to this his hands really dont look like they are doing much when the are shown. Just seems fake. Coulda been someone else there doing it, but I dont think it was him.

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