An awesome multi-platform game that has become a pop-culture phenomenon due to it's ability to make the player feel like they are a talented guitarist without having to waste any time actually leaning how to play a guitar.

Like all things that experience fast widespread success, and cause hot topics of conversation, it has it's detractors. Mainly guitar-players who are angry at the game's ability to make them look bad, and because they didn't know about it first. Like all critics of this type, they take an elitst stance and usually combat any conversation regarding the game with statements like 'Why don't you just play a real guitar'. Or 'It's just a poor man's version of a real guitar', ignorant to the well-noted fact that no girl has been impressed by a guy who can play the guitar skillfully since 1995.

It is this shift in the female gender's attraction from the traditional guitarists to non-instrumental vocalists that has garnered much resentment from the guitarist community. In addition to the fact that being a member of a small band is now less attractive than being a Level 639 at Warcraft.

It is also worth noting that while there are other games that simulate the experience of a sport or activity, such as the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater franchise, Dance Dance Revolution, 'music-making' games, and Sim-whatever; which do not recieve the same hostility from their peer groups. "Why don't you just go and skate/dance/compose/build your OWN theme-park. This is understood to be because of the "Guitars-are-lame paradox", where being skilled at a video game replicating classic guitar songs looks more fun than actually playing them would be.
Subject A: "Hey I've just bought Guitar Hero!"

Subject B: "Ughh, philistine. How moronic. Why don't you just be a REAL man and learn how to play guitar for REAL. Heh"

Subject A: "Errrm, are you aware that you're not in 1995 or a movie?"

Test subject (female): Will you (subject A) come over to my house to show me how to play Guitar Hero?"

Subject A: "Yes."
by guitarsarelameparadox December 05, 2007
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A simple entertaining pass-time that is the subject of much controversy among guitarists and video-game players. Being able to play a song on "expert" in Guitar Hero does not mean you are good at playing the guitar. However, that does not make the game less fun. Guitar players use it to bash video gamers, and video gamers use it to show off their "skills". However, a happy medium enjoys the game for what it is - a game.
Guitar Hero Player: Dude, this game rocks! But I'm smart and I know this is nothing like a real guitar . . . !
by JMBFallen November 17, 2006
A Guitar Simulation game. Utilizing an included Gibson SG shaped controller, players can play over 30 different songs in both Metal and Classic Rock categories, including David Bowie, Megadeth, Creme, and Jimi Hendrix. Avaliable for Playstation 2.
"Guitar Hero is a fantastic game, and great at parties!"
by 100101001010 January 02, 2006
a video game compared to masturbation: fun but cant beat the real thing.
what?? come on its true. guitar hero is like masturbation
by skatewhenucan January 26, 2008
One of the greatest games that innovates without sacrificing etertainment value. Has a variety of rock songs, but would tend to lean on the metal side slightly. One does not have to enjoy metal to like this game however, for it has many mainstream approved songs. It is played a with a controller that looks similar to that of a Gibson SG. If you own a PS2 you owe it to yourself to get this game.
Guitar player: Pff this Guitar Hero is lame go play a REAL guitar.

Gamer: omfg stfu n00b talk to me when you can play Bark at the Moon on expert roflolol

Guitar player: You're gay

Gamer: I kno u r but wut am I roflololmao
by Topizzle April 26, 2006
A game played at Best Buy as a way to pick up chicks who dont realize that no skill from playing the real guitar is required.
At a party where band and drama geeks are present, guitar hero is played along with DDR, soul calibur.
by fsjkfhdj November 26, 2006
A pretty sweet game. But it's nothing in comparison to playing the real guitar.
(continued from one of the Guitar Hero definitions below)

Guitar Player: Oh yeah? Well I'd like to see you play Bark at the Moon on a REAL guitar. ::shreds 'Bark at the Moon' flawlessly on his electric guitar::

Gamer: ::overwhelmed by such awesomeness that he explodes and dies::
by realguitarisbest December 23, 2006
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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