Teen breaks 'Guitar Hero' world record

February 5, 2009 6:14:21 AM PST
It's no surprise that teenagers seem to rock at video games. But wait until you see just how good the new world record holder is at "Guitar Hero."In Midtown on Wednesday, it was more than just a game. The song is "Through the Fire and Flames," by Dragonforce. And the dragon slayer was 14-year-old Texan Danny Johnson, who broke the Guiness world record for most points ever in a given song.

If you don't know how to play, the idea is to press the right color button at the right time, while you strum along. If you hit it just right, the song keeps playing uninterrupted. But miss a note and you hear it from the virtual crowd. Miss too many notes and you're booed off stage.

Danny didn't have that problem.

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With blazing fingers, he didn't miss a note. He could even look away to cough without missing a beat. But as he came close to breaking the record, he hit a snag. His guitar broke. He plays so fast that the blue button wasn't working anymore.

But like anyone who is best in the world at anything, he found a way. Danny ended up hitting 99 percent of the notes and scored a new world record.

Danny is home schooled and doesn't watch much TV. He only started playing Guitar Hero a year ago. He does play a little real guitar, but says piano is what prepared him best.

Danny's official point total was 973,954, beating the old record by about 75,000 points. He has his sight set on other Guitar Hero world records, but for now, he says he will enjoy other things, like making his own music, playing tennis and swimming.

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