Today's Thing: Guitar Hero Trainer: VGSPlayer
Guitar Hero is insanely fun.
It can also get insanely difficult.
Unfortunately, the first Guitar Hero has no practice mode. Meaning, you can't ever skip to a really complicated solo and practice it without playing the entire song up until that point. Hopes are high that the Guitar Hero sequel, due out this fall, will have such a practice mode. For now though, solos from "Bark at the Moon" and "Cowboys from Hell" will have to be chanced.
Or will they?
Through some hex editing and persistence, an intrepid coder has created a tool - the VGSPlayer - which will allow you to pop in your Guitar Hero Playstation 2 disc into a PC. The tool will then allow you to select which song you want to "practice" - and then you'll be able to watch the song scroll by at whichever tempo you wish. Yeah, that's right - you can slow down the insanely fast stuff.
No, you can't plug your Guitar Hero controller into your PC and try to play it. But what you can do is simply watch the song go by and practice your finger motions on said guitar. That's mainly what the tool is for - to let you watch, and listen to, the song's more difficult parts at your whimsy without having to sit through the rest of the song to practice the difficult part. Of course, nothing is better than actually being able to play along with the practice mode, but this is a great achievement nonetheless and a boon for those players (like me) who have trouble consistenly finishing "Frankenstein" on Expert mode.
Definitely a worthy "Thing to See."
Note: The creator unfortunately cannot develop a Mac version since, as stated on his site, he doesn't have the development tools for that environment.
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