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Football Hero: Rock Out With Your Soccer Balls Out

| 29 Oct 2009 16:23

What do you get when you mix Kasabian, soccer and an excess of spare time? Football Hero, a custom-built version of Guitar Hero played on a three-story-high screen by "freestyle footballers."

The basics of Football Hero should be instantly recognizable: Pushing buttons to match colored blocks that slide down a screen in time with music. But this time around, the screen is a projection on a giant wall, the buttons are large, custom-built pads and the pushing is done with soccer balls kicked by a group of "insanely gifted young freestyle footballers."

It's not an exact match of Guitar Hero, of course; the game is programmed with one track, Kasabian's "Underdog," and has been simplified somewhat to accommodate the natural limitations of a huge, footie-based videogame controller. When all is said and done, however, the results are better than I would have expected: After only 17 games (and, I would imagine, a lot of practice) the group manages a 76 percent accuracy rating and a ten note accuracy streak.

Two videos of the event are available: The "performance," which shows the players doing their thing, and the "making of" video, a look at the time and effort that went into setting this whole thing up. I'm not sure what the point was, but I have to admit, I'm impressed.

Source: I Heart Chaos

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