You are currently browsing posts tagged with Guitar Hero

BABEWATCH: Annie “Ecstasy” Leung, The Guinness Book Guitar Heroine

February 1st, 2011 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Annie Leung

Age: 25

Occupation: Pro Gamer

Hails from: Orange County, CA

Why She’s A Babe: She’s got all the AZN cred to make your parents happy–born and raised in SoCal, a background in piano, a degree from Cal, and, la-dee-dah, a Guinness World Record. Incredibly, Leung realized the dream that Jen and I have always shared–a world record in Guitar Hero playing–by scoring 789,349 points playing Dragonforce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” on Expert (right now, I am totally typing between heaving sobs).

Yes, her gamer handle, “Ecstasy,”  sounds suspiciously like a stripper name. And for sure, we might need to have a little talk about those hooker boots (Gurrl!) that seem to find their way to Leung’s GH competitions. And I feel like we could help her out a little in the “stage presence” department (If you don’t bleed, it ain’t rock!).

But damn, y’all. Betch is HOT. And her fingers move so fast!

Continue reading BABEWATCH: Annie “Ecstasy” Leung, The Guinness Book Guitar Heroine

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong

June 28th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Freddie Wong

Age: 24

Hails from: LA (via Seattle)

Occupation: YouTube star, budding filmmaker, video enthusiast, Guitar Hero pro

Known for: Well, he actually says it best

“Most people know me from my brief stint as a professional Guitar Hero/Rock Band player.

When I am not rocking faces with plastic, I am a filmmaker and musician in Los Angeles.”

Like 7,166,489 other people, we first encountered Wong when he released a sick video of himself rocking Rush’s “YYZ” on Guitar Hero’s expert level, and watched with nodding approval as he rose quick as crème fraîche to the top of the pro GH ranks.

But Wong’s real gifts, as highlighted by NewTeeVee’s Liz Shannon Miller this week, lie in Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ROCK OF ASIAN: Hooray! The Good Asian Drivers Release Debut LP: Drive Away Home

July 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Jen and I are longtime friends and fans of the Good Asian Drivers, an edgy, poetry-based folk duo based out of Boston. They’re an adorable pair with all of the qualities we love: gender/race/sexuality-bending politics, mad Guitar Hero skillz, a hankering for dumplings, and great taste in blogs.

At long last, the band has added a third member (guitarist Ashley Baier) and released their first studio record, Drive Away Home. The album is a delightfully strong, yet casual mishmash of earnest, vivacious, alt-acoustic songs and eclectic, chaotic spoken word tracks. Despite its loose form, the album finds solid ground in its straightforward tone and spine of honesty. Transgender slam master Kit Yan pulls no punches in his spiraling disquisitions, not even when referring to himself: “But are you a man? Or are you a woman?/And you changed your name to ‘Kit’ now, so… do you wanna be straight?/And you look like a boy now, so… you’re straight, right?/But back when you were ‘Laura,’ you were gay/As if sexuality and gender were things that you could purchase on impulse.”

Good? Yes. Asian? Totally. Wherever these cool cats are driving, we wanna go.

[Good Asian Drivers - Official site]
[Buy Drive Away Home here]

xo, Melissa and Kit!

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

SELF-VLOGELLASIAN: Strung Out On Guitar Heroines

March 25th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Just another day at the office: Jen, Diana, a cute dog, Xbox 360, scotch, Guitar Hero, an unlit cigarette, and lots of insightful conversasian.

Just can’t get enough? Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ROCK OF ASIAN: King Ly Chee

January 28th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I’ll be honest you. I pretty much didn’t understand hardcore until I started playing Guitar Hero. It’s not that I don’t own Black Flag and Minor Threat records, that I didn’t vibe with straightedge kids in high school, that I don’t think Ian MacKaye is a damn genius. I just–yeah, I just didn’t understand it. Not much more to it than that. Eventually, of course, when I started fiddling around with my little plastic guitar, and realizing how insanely hard it is just to wrap my head around 8 measures of chugga-chugga-chugga…well, I learned my lesson.

I’ve come around. I love those lickety licks, I love the raging vocal energy, I’m down with music so intense and raw that it hurts you in the sternum. Hardcore is the shit. And I’ve gotta give it credit–hardcore has raged on while it’s sensitive little brethren, emo and indie, have clipped on ties and gone corporate-soft.

So bravo to King Ly Chee, a fuggin’ batshit hardcore band out of Hong Kong that rocks a stage so hard it makes my chest ache.

Enjoy more here. Protect your earnest organs while listening.

Source Source

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rock of Inaugurasian

January 21st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Man oh man did watching Yo-Yo Ma at Tuesday’s inauguration–rocking his cello with a look of pure joy on his face and the nimblest of fingers despite freezing temperatures–make me wish I hadn’t quit every musical instrument I had ever picked up.


Violin at the age of 6, because my parents could only afford to buy one for me and my older brother, and it was too long for me and hurt my arm. Piano at 11, because we moved and sold our upright (not that I minded one bit). Oboe at 17, after 6 years, because I was never really that good at it anyway. And guitar a few years back, after only 3 months of lessons, after I sliced off the fleshy tip of my left pinkie chopping onions for a shepherd’s pie.

At least I’ve still got Guitar Hero. I’ll never quit you, fake plastic guitar!

Source

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Strum My Wang

January 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

I don’t know dick about playing a real guitar…


But I could learn!

[via BuzzFeed]

Source
Thanks, Jasmine!

Filed under: , , , , , , , , ,

War of the Rose

December 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Yo Axl,

We’ve never really wronged you, dude. We listened to, and didn’t shit all over, your most-expensive-album-of-all-time Chinese Democracy, which in the words of our friend Colin, “came and went like a whisper” (and truth be told, we don’t think was worth the $$$). We have spent countless hours discussing your meteoric rise in the 1980s: that magnificent freshman opus–our longtime lover, Appetite for Destruction–you helped unleash upon the world, Mike Clink’s capture of lightning in a fucking bottle, the album that forever changed the lives of everyone we know that owned a Walkman in 1987.

We tend to gloss over the fact that you’re an angry, violent man, whose porcelain skin (so luminescent and alluring in your youth) just looks so pasty and creepy on an aging rager in his forties. We forgive the fact that you can’t look like that (see your yummy former self, right) forever. We’re psyched for you that you’re no longer dressing like an umpire, teaching Stephanie Seymour lessons with your fists, or dragging hundreds of people into the studio for two decades while you try to revitalize your rockstar dick.

In short, we haven’t started any beef witchu.

So why are you getting all up in our business? Why do I feel your crazy braids all tangled up in DISGRASIAN’S grill? And by that I mean, why are you attacking the presence of GNR songs–that have brought us so much joy and thrills of achievement–in our favorite game of life, Guitar Hero? DO YOU REALIZE that as we slay Slash’s solos on “Welcome to the Jungle,” we feel our blood racing as if we’re 20-year old boys laying out our musical guts in front of an arena full of followers? DO YOU REALIZE that when we split up the parts on “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” we feel like we are actually playing in the real, magnificent, ’87-era GNR with our best friend at our side? DO YOU REALIZE that these experiences may be the happiest ones we have ever felt or will feel?

Stop being a pathetic asshole and leave a little dignity in your sad, tired band’s legacy. And don’t start fronting with us, or we will begin going to fucking town on you.

Best,
DISGRASIAN

Source Source Source Source

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BABEWATCH: Grace Kim

October 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: Grace Kim

Age: 29

Hails from: Los Angeles

Occupation: November 2008 Playmate of the Month

Why She’s a Babe: Yeah, yeah, Grace Kim has a nice rack. And no, we don’t know if those puppies are real, but we seriously doubt that you care (you’re going to have to get the November issue of Playboy to judge for yourself). But what we really like about Grace is that she’s a dork. She worked for Red Octane, the game publisher of our raison d’être, Guitar Hero, before she became a pin-up, and she is not only a GH competitor, but she likes to throw down about her skillz.*

“I play a mean game of Guitar Hero, and I’m willing to challenge anybody,” she says in the November Playboy. “I must warn you, I’m a sore loser!”

Dude. So are we, because, as we all know, Asians hate to lose. So that’s why we’re challenging you, Grace Kim of the gorgeous breasteses, to a Guitar Hero duel. Know that we play to the death (or, like, until one of us passes out from drinking too much brown liquor, same diff). Are you in? (Please please say you’re in. Our A-cups and carb-guts will never be able to compete with your C-cups and your 21-inch (!) waist, and this is the only way we think we’ll ever have a chance of getting a fat leg up on you, okay?!)

*We did not actually read this in Playboy, even though, like you, we read the rag for the articles. It was reprinted online in COED Magazine, which, in August, also put Grace on a list of–ready for this?–“Amasians.” Style-biters!!! At least when you’re ripping us off, learn how to spell it, assholes. And, uh, thanks. We’re flattered.

Source
Thanks, Henri and Jasmine!

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

ROCK OF ASIAN: Good Asian Drivers

September 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


The photo really does say it all, doesn’t it? Good Asian Drivers are a silly, funny, adorably angry band that combines folk guitar with spoken word poetry and ballsy, ticklish lyrics (we’re suckers for “fuck” and “dildo”). They’re out to break stereotypes and rock out–not terrible goals.

Basically, they’re cute and fun, and we want to challenge them to Slayer on Guitar Hero.

See more of these wacky Bostonians here.

Source

Filed under: , , , , , , , ,

Guitar Hero 4 Life?

August 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Jen and I have been trying to figure out how to monetize our amazing Guitar Hero prowess for years. Our GH band, appropriately named DISGRASIAN, slays Slayer (with five stars) without blinking. We own like, thousands of rad custom guitars. We get sponsored after every gig. Virtual Tom Morello bows down to us, Virtual Slash totally fears us, and through the live-competition-through-the-Interwebs magic of Xbox 360, we can make a 12-year old cry before he even starts his math homework, simply by plowing through a near-perfect rendition of ZZ Top’s “La Grange!” We rock! Our band frickin’ rocks!

We want to take this act on the road. We have so many frickin’ stage outfits we can’t stand it.

How many times we have said this aloud we cannot count. Here’s the dream: We pack up our laptops, quit our sorta day jobs, get flying casette tape logos tatooed onto our forearms, and hit the road. We see this as a totally plausible goal, and tell everyone we know that it is so, as often as we can.

And each time, some dipshit asshole responds with the following:

“You can’t just quit your jobs and go on tour with your Guitar Hero rock band. That’s not realistic.”

…which just ruins our day. Incidentally, we’ve been inclined to believe these grouchy naysayers every time they do their naysayin’, so we ultimately put down our guitars, throw back an extra swig of brown liquor, dust off our Macs, and start trolling the Web to see if Tila Tequila has taken credit for another piece of legislation or Sharon Stone has asked her plastic surgeon to seal her lips shut yet.


So you can only imagine how we felt when read a report today about Blake Peebles (see photo above), a Guitar Hero “whiz” who convinced his parents to let him drop out of school at age 16 to pursue his virtual rock dreams. Among his career wins so far are gift certificates, chicken sandwiches, and gaming equipment.

What kind of parents would allow their kid to blow off high school in search of such lofty goals, you may ask?

Says The News & Observer:

[Peebles's parents] Mike and Hunter do not believe in one-size-fits-all parenting.

That is not to say that it was an easy decision for them to let Blake leave school last September. They would have preferred that he stay in high school with his brother. But he bugged them until they let him quit.

“We couldn’t take the complaining anymore,” says Hunter. “He always told me that he thought school was a waste of time.”

We never thought we’d see the day, but it’s time for us to be dipshit assholes.

A message to Mike and Hunter Peebles:

“YOU CAN’T JUST LET YOUR CHILD QUIT SCHOOL AND GO ON TOUR WITH HIS GUITAR HERO BAND. IT’S AN ENTIRELY FUCKING RIDICULOUS NOTION. WHO ARE YOU? ARE YOU HIPPIES? ARE YOU STUPID? ARE YOU JUST TERRIBLE PARENTS?

LET US GIVE YOU A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE: BLAKE HASN’T BEEN OFFERED THE LEADING ROLE ON ZOEY 101, HE’S WON A COUPLE OF CHICKEN SANDWICHES AND PLASTIC CLUTTER! GET A GRIP! TAKE SOME CONTROL OVER YOUR BOY! DON’T JUST PISS AWAY WHAT’S LEFT OF HIS LIFE BECAUSE YOU’RE TIRED OF LISTENING TO HIM. OF COURSE YOU’RE TIRED OF LISTENING TO HIM! HE’S CLEARLY A MUTANT! WHY ARE YOU PAYING FOR TUTORS FOR THIS GUY? SPEND THAT MONEY TO GET YOUR CHILD SOME THERAPY. BUY HIM SOME COOL CLOTHES SO THAT HE CAN MAKE FRIENDS AT SCHOOL–REAL FRIENDS, NOT VIRTUAL TOM MORELLO.

ANYWAY… THE POINT IS, OUR BAND, DISGRASIAN, IS TOTALLY BETTER THAN YOUR PATHETIC KID’S DUMB BAND. TELL HIM TO MEET US ON XBOX LIVE TONIGHT AT 8PM. WE’LL WRECK THAT LITTLE FUCKER.”

Source
Source

Filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Guitar Hero, Watch Your Back

August 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Wired reported today that a free, online, Guitar Hero-like game called JamLegend will launch in a couple weeks.

JamLegend was designed by recent Claremont McKenna grads Arjun Lall, Andrew Lee, and Ryan Wilson and resembles the Guitar Hero mini-game below. The 1-5 keys are your fret buttons and the return key is your strummer.

Harder than it looks right? Last weekend, I revisited Guitar Hero II because I’m bored with III, punked the Aerosmith version in about one-and-a-half days, and find Rock Band pretty unchallenging. I had never successfully played “Free Bird” on Expert, but on Friday night, I KILLED IT. Yeah, I’m bragging (and, yeah, I’m also aware it’s pathetic that that’s how I spend my Friday nights), but the point is, while I can now play “Free Bird” on Expert, playing Guitar Hero on my computer is a whole lot harder. JamLegend promises all this and more; you’ll be able to battle people online and have access to a massive song catalog, since unknown artists are invited to upload their music to the game.

JamLegend is in private beta at the moment, but if you can sign up now to be notified when they go public. As if you needed more reasons to kill time at your computer!

[via Wired]

Filed under: , , , , , , ,