The World’s Best Guitar Hero Player Exposed As A Massive Cheater
For several years, a Guitar Hero The player called Schmooey was widely regarded as the best in the world, racking up achievements and displaying feats that other players thought were impossible. A discovery made last yearhowever, shows that there was a very good reason for this.
In a detailed 27-minute report, Karl Jobst explains in the video below how Schmooey, whose exploits had long attracted a pinch of suspicion, was demolished in January 2022 when a few glaring issues were discovered in its uploads, which opened the floodgates and ended up seeing every one of its records and achievements thrown away.
Schmooey, who came to the community’s attention as a teenager, was for many years considered the best in the world because he not only knocked out songs that others had immense difficulty with, but he made them. at faster speeds. He was so good, in fact, that he earned a few thousand dollars over the years claiming bounties the community placed on cleaning advanced trails.
Sure, some of his videos had a weird questionable moment — video lag here, dark frames there — but for the most part, those queries were far from conclusive proof that he cheated, and so nothing was wrong. never got out.
Until December 2021, when Schmooey uploaded a series of the song 9 models of eternal pain. Although initially incredibly impressive, given the complexity and speed of the later sections of the song, other expert players watching quickly found some inconsistencies with the run.
For starters, there were sections where Schmooey’s hands weren’t hitting the guitar notes that were playing on screen, which strongly suggested that the video of his guitar didn’t match the song being played on the overlay of the game. Then there was a weird moment at the very end of the video where a Windows Media Player overlay appears, leading to other players accusing him of rigging the video using pre-recorded video in a live stream.
Some high-profile players and community members confronted Schmooey about it, and after initially trying to defend himself, he finally confessed last month. that some of his videos had been faked, although the others were real.
Other gamers weren’t convinced, however, and now they knew what to look for, they went through all of Schmooey’s downloads and found that almost all of them – about 100 clips – had been faked using many techniques, from “trimming” the footage to playing the game at a slower pace and then speeding up the video.
Exposed, Schmooey posted an apology video on January 15, after which he deleted all of his uploads, locked his social accounts and disappeared from the community. He also repaid all the bonuses he had received over the years.
What’s crazy here is that Schmooey was a very good Guitar Hero player! This was not the case of a child sitting alone in his room pretending to reach the top thanks to the video alone. Schmooey had been an active member of the community and had even attended live events and played alongside other players like CarneyJared (whose exploits we presented last year).
If you have 27 minutes you have to watch the whole video. Like the Trackmania presentation from last yearit’s the details of the cheating and the work involved in its ultimate discovery that are even more interesting than the broader brushstrokes of the story.