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When Did This Happen?

My son and I like to play Guitar Hero together, though he kicks my butt, of course.  To show him that I was cool and "knew stuff," I showed him this YouTube posted by Megan McCardle showing a guy scoring 100% on "Through the Fire and Flames" on expert.  (If you don't know what this means, just trust me that Neo from the Matrix loaded with amphetamines in full bullet-dodging twitch reflex mode would struggle with completing this level of the game).

About 5 seconds in, my son says "It's a bot.  He's faking."  And then he walked away.

"Huh? Really?"  I stared at it for a while, and realized that he was very probably correct.  So when did I become more credulous than my teenager?

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 12:50 PM | Permalink


I'm confused about this one, it doesn't seem obvious to me that it's a bot. Is it just because we don't get to see his fingers? Are there any particular moments that just stand out? I'm pretty sure that it's not technically impossible, since it's a real song, so someone can do that with a real guitar, anyway.

I'm guessing, though, that it's not so much that you're more credulous as that you're credulous about different subjects - and after all, believing that someone can be that good at a video game doesn't damage you much!

Posted by: David | Aug 18, 2008 2:36:21 PM

Actually, some people have been modding their guitars to automatically send the correct note sequences so they can get 100% on expert. This is pretty silly ... I mean, if your game is playing with itself then is it technically masturbation?

Posted by: ErikTheRed | Aug 18, 2008 3:21:14 PM

While it is theoretically possible that he's using a bot, this was posted on youtube by IamChris4Life, who has an actual NYTimes article about his GH playing ability:


Given the lax editorial standards at the NYT, this does not make this particular story bulletproof, but the article indicates that he's done this multiple times, and got 97% in front of an audience. Which suggests that it is certainly possible that every so often, he gets 100%.

Tell your son: FAIL!

Posted by: jb | Aug 18, 2008 3:24:21 PM

So when did I become more credulous than my teenager?
When you wanted to show him your were cool.

Posted by: Dr. T | Aug 18, 2008 5:36:51 PM

"So when did I become more credulous than my teenager?"

since you got a teenager.

Posted by: David Zetland | Aug 19, 2008 10:26:06 AM

people tend to be more credulous about things they know less about.

Posted by: dreth | Aug 21, 2008 11:54:11 AM

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