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An Open Love Letter To Harmonix Part One: The Hero We Needed


Hey, it isn't easy being a rock star.�

I remember getting off school on a Friday afternoon telling myself "Okay, this is it. I am going to conquer Bark at the Moon this weekend!" Since my parents weren't home yet, I decided to take the game out onto the big screen television in the living room. Tapping my foot to the rhythm as the board started to scroll, I knew this was it. I never knew my fingers could fly as fast as they did that day. Scoring almost every note that was thrown my way as my hand and wrist pulsed. Reaching the final note, I jump in the air and hit the ground. Doing that, however, knocked down one of my mother's glass ornaments off a nearby shelf. Even worse, my parents arrived just in time to see that happen. At that moment though, I couldn't care. I beat Guitar Hero on expert.

Not too long after that experience, I learn that Guitar Hero II would release shortly. I felt the same excitement and enthusiasm I experienced when I tried out Guitar Hero for the first time. A game that I love with updated mechanics, new songs and more awesome venues? I was more than pumped for the sequel to release. The Christmas that followed the release of the game in 2006, I got my wish. Guitar Hero II was waiting for me under the tree. I quickly flew to my room before even opening the rest of my gifts as the Christmas music was quickly drowned out with rock.

Playing through the first tracks in the game; I felt the same way I did back when I popped Guitar Hero in my PS2 for the first time. Blowing through the game on expert difficulty, I made my way to the final set list. While the previous songs were a cake walk, these final few songs pushed me harder than the previous game. The song that made me frustrated to the point where I wanted to break my guitar was Pschobilly Freakout. I cried out in pain as the monstrous rifts caused my wrist to flail back and fourth across the fretboard. Even through all the frustrations, I guess you could say I was a bit of an addict of the game.

Finally, I reached the ending of the Guitar Hero II, the crowd shouting for me to play Free Bird as the final encore. Taking the last challenge, I breezed through the song on my first try. I felt like I was unstoppable, finishing both Guitar Hero games, I was still hungry for more. Game magazines were my only source of gaming news back then, so I waited until the next announcement for the Guitar Hero series. However, Harmonix wasn't making the next Guitar Hero, they were making a new series called Rock Band. I remember reading the large announcement in either Game Pro or Game Informer, excited by what I was hearing. Bringing a bunch of friends together to join you in songs and fill out the other roles? That sounded like a dream to me but... I was only a teenager in school back then. There was no way my parents would be able to afford that for me. Disappointed by that fact, I tried to push that desire out of my head.

In Christmas 2007, I asked my parents for the first Guitar Hero that didn't have Harmonix's work, Guitar Hero III. I was very grateful and happy to receive the gifts that I was given. Hell, I was surprised to get my hands on Guitar Hero III. That very same Christmas morning, one of my friends called and asked if I wanted to come over and play Rock Band with him. The call came literally right after we opened our gifts but I wanted nothing more than to play Rock Band at that moment. So, my brother and I left our Christmas gifts in our rooms before quickly heading over to discover our new addiction.
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About SuperMonk4Everone of us since 12:33 PM on 12.21.2008

Hey, I'm SuperMonk4Ever AKA Broheed AKA Shut Up Monk AKA Andrew. I have been a part of the Destructoid community since 2008. One of my good friends introduced me to the site where I started out in the forums. Meeting and playing with some new awesome friends, I knew I wanted to make Destructoid my internet home. I even tried to make the community a little better by helping out with Friday Night Fights on the Xbox side! I have made many good memories with a large amount of awesome Dtoiders that I will never forget. From being on a couple podcasts to going to my very first convention at PAX Prime in 2012.

I have stepped away from the community for a while as my personal life took hold of me for a while. I want to have that feeling of community once again and work again on my writing. So, I have come back. To those that haven't met me before, welcome.

I am currently managing Debatoid!
I also lend a hand to Friday Night Fights!

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