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The Worlds best Guitar Hero player was found to be a cheat

The Worlds best Guitar Hero player was found to be a cheat.

Schmooey, once thought the best in the world, has now deleted all his videos


For the last few years, a Guitar Hero player called Schmooey was widely believed to be the best in the world, having racked up achievements and displayed feats that other players thought was impossible. A discovery made last year, however, shows there was a very good reason for that.


In a detailed 27-minute video below, Karl Jobst explains how Schmooey—whose exploits had long attracted a pinch of suspicion—was torn down in January 2022, when a couple of glaring issues were discovered in his uploads. This opened the floodgates, and ended up seeing every single one of his records and achievements tossed out the window as a fraud.

Schoomey during one of his now discredited Guitar Hero runs.

Schmooey, who had come to the attention of the community as a teenager, was for many years regarded as the best in the world. Not only was he clearing songs that others had immense difficulty with, he was doing them at faster speeds. He was so good, in fact, that he made a few thousand bucks over the years claiming bounties that the community had placed on clearing advanced tracks.

Sure, some of his videos had the odd questionable moment—a video lag here, some dark footage there—but for the most part these queries were far from conclusive proof that he had been cheating, and so nothing ever came of them until December 2021, when Schmooey uploaded a run of the song 9 Patterns Of Eternal Pain. While initially incredibly impressive, given the complexity and speed of the song’s latter sections, fellow expert players watching along soon found a few inconsistencies with the run.

Other players weren’t convinced, and now they knew what to look for, they went back through all of Schmooey’s uploads and found that nearly all of them—around 100 clips—had been faked. His cheating used numerous techniques, from “splicing” in footage, to playing the game at a slower pace then speeding the video up.

Exposed, Schmooey posted an apology video on January 15, after which he deleted all his uploads, locked his social accounts and disappeared from the community. He also paid back all the bounties he had received over the years.

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