A video game, somewhat of a guitar simulation. Players use a controller shaped like a guitar, though only 3/4 the size, and 1/4 the weight. There are 5 "fret buttons", and a "strum bar." The game is played by holding down corresponding fret buttons and then "strumming" the notes as they scroll by on the TV screen. Hammer-ons and pull-offs are also possible. The songlists usually consist of popular classic rock songs like Ziggy Stardust and Killer Queen, or 80s hard rock/metal like Sweet Child O' Mine and Madhouse, though occasionally you'll find some modern stuff like Laid To Rest (Lamb of God) and Beast and the Harlot (Avenged Sevenfold)

While it's a great game, many elitist real guitar players see it as a lazy man's alternative to the real guitar, often expressing their dislike for the game and saying at the end "go get a REAL guitar!1!" The thing is, IT'S JUST A VIDEO GAME. I'm pretty sure neither of us has ever seen a person who, after 5-starring a song on Expert, truly believes he can play it on a real guitar.

And either way, what's wrong with enjoying it? I have the game, both GH1 and GH2, AND I have a real guitar. I practice it every day. Why should I not be able to enjoy the GAME? It's just a hobby. Who says that, by playing a video game about playing a musical instrument, that means you HAVE to go play the REAL thing? Face it, some people just want to have fun, not feel obligated to spend thousands of dollars and years of their life in practice and devotion. The two are completely different.

You might as well say "why play NFL Madden when you can play football for REAL?? Why play Flight Simulator when you can fly a REAL plane?? Why play Halo when you can shoot down aliens for REAL??" Notice how the last one makes very little sense? It's the same with Guitar Hero.

If you honestly hate the fact that people can attract audiences with this game, then why don't YOU play YOUR real guitar? And if you do, why waste your time coming up to people who play this game? you focus on your stuff, and they focus on theirs.
Guitar Hero Hater: Man Guitar Hero sucks! Who wants to play with a stupid plastic toy guitar when you can play a REAL guitar?!? All you n00bs are gay!

Guitar Hero Player: Yea, ok... what if I told you I just want to have fun? I don't think I can play the real guitar, but I truly have no interest in it. Is that such a bad thing?

Guitar Hero Hater: Pff you're such a fag. Guitar Hero shouldn't even exist. Only REAL guitar players should get any recognition!

Guitar Hero Player: Oh really? And what about you? Do YOU play real guitar? I want to see your "skills"

Guitar Hero Hater: Uhh.. fuck off, man. I got a Gibson Les Paul. I can play.. uhh... Seven Nation Army. Yea, there you go. I'm better than you.

*at this point, the guitar hero hater has fallen to the floor with a bullet in his head*
by Someone who likes metal June 24, 2007
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It's a game with a toy, plastic guitar that has a few brightly colored buttons on the toy fretboard. If someone just wants to play Guitar Hero for the fun of it sometimes, then that's fine. But if a person is playing it all the time, they should devote themselves to a more meaningful activity...like learning to play a real guitar. Playing a real instrument is a lifelong skill and asset. Playing Guitar Hero too much is just a waste of time, because sooner or later it will become dated and uncool.
Person 1: Dude, I am so good at Guitar Hero.

Person 2: I play a real electric guitar. I suggest you try it. You can buy a starter pack with everything you need for about $100 and teach yourself. It's actually worth while.

Person 2: Good idea!

Person 3: I play Guitar Hero sometimes, but not too much. And I don't have the time to learn a real instrument.

Person 1: Okay, enjoy Guitar Hero then.
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The most utterly absurd, profoundly lame and spectacularly inaccurate emulation of a real world activity, ever.
Steve: "Hey, I feel like a total fraud playing this Guitar Hero game."

Joe: "You are."

Steve: "It's fun though."

Joe: "Well, lots of things are fun, and most of them don't make you look like a complete fuckwit."

Steve: "Hahaha. Good call."
by John "The Axe Man" Doe March 12, 2008
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An awesome, innovative game, that sadly gives tards the impression they can actually play iron man on guitar. Look up guitar hero on YouTube to see what I mean. For this reason, most actual guitarists look down o it, but haven't given an awesome game a chance. Although I wouldn't call it a simulation, it's very far from actual playing guitar.
gamer: OMFG 3y3 KaN PLAY Ir0N MAN 0n t3h G3374r lolzorz!!1!111!!
guitarist: Yeah, too bad a real guitar has 22 frets instead of 5 and 6 strings instead of one. Guitar Hero is for cock smoking fags.
me: Both of you are dumb fucks. Go cut your throats.
by ThroatSlit June 06, 2006
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A game that once mastered, makes up for losing all your friends.
Joe: "Damn man, I've been playing Guitar Hero for 3 months straight! I finally beat all the songs on Expert Mode"
Frank: "Who're you, again?"
Joe: "Um... Joe.. Your best friend..?"
Frank: "Oh, that's right.. you played Guitar Hero instead of hanging with me! I remember. Haven't seen you in months. Yeah, I hate you."
Joe: "It's alright, man. I now have the coolest looking guitar in the game. That totally makes up for not having any friends."
Frank: "Fuck off."
by Zakul December 07, 2007
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A game. That's all it is, a game that gives you the feeling of being able to play guitar. While a money worthy game, tends to be annoying to people who play guitar *coughmecough* when people think that being able to play expert means they can play guitar...

*Note* Find a good medium
Guitarist: Guitar Hero is for fags
Me: I can realize that it's just a game and I'm better off playing real guitar and playing Guitar Hero every now and then.
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can be either

1. a game that uses a plastic stick with brightly colored buttons. occasionaly makes some addicts think they actually have talent on the real guitar, when in reality they are jealous pricks.

2. a game that some people play in small amounts. this is ok because they dont beleive they have any skill at real guitar and they could also be real guitarists too.
1. (this actually happened)
max(me): dude i finally got the intro to bark at the moon down!

tommy: sweet how long did it take?

matt s(guitar hero addict): you mean on guitar hero? i got 85% on expert! i can play it on real guitar too now! (no he cant)

me: what the fuck

tommy: go away


andrew(drummer): you know what song is awesome

me: no what

andrew: purple haze. its about a kind of weed thats apparently like 60$ a leaf!

me: thats like jimi hendrixes easiest song i learned it with the solo in 3 days

andrew: yeah its on guitar hero my cousin let me play it at his house

me: haha awesome just dont play it a lot
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