Voice of Stan Marsh; Eric Theodore Cartman; Herbert Garrison; Officer Barbrady; Terrance; Timmy; Ned Gerblanski; Satan; Randy Ma
Voice of Kyle Broflovski; Kenny McKormick; Gerald Broflovski; Pip Pirrup; Jesus; Jimbo Kearn; Phillip; Saddam; Various Others
Voice of Sheila Broflovski; Linda Stotch; Various Others
When Stan talks to Kyle at the Mick Lanes Bowling alley, on the right of the Guitar Hero game, there is a game titled "Custer's Revenge." Custer's Revenge is an infamous porn game. However, the game being shown on the screen is "Breakout."
Sharon says that the boys would do better off learning to play a real instrument, but in previous episodes, Stan and Kyle have shown themselves to be capable of playing guitar and bass respectively.
Look Closely: During the scene where Stan and Thad were playing Guitar Hero at the arcade, during the shot showing the TV/Game, look in the background; you will see an arcade machine (one of those crane games) with a toy similar to Cartman's frog toy that Cartman is very fond of.
The episode features "Guitar Hero" arcade cabinets, which were not produced or even available until early 2009 by Raw Thrills.
Stan claims that real guitars are stupid, so why was he seen playing a real guitar in Christian Rock Hard, Die, Hippie, Die and Smug Alert,?
"Chasing the dragon" - is an appropriate term for someone who takes heroin, as heroin is derived from opium, an Asian plant, and a dragon is a very recognizable Asian symbol. Heroin is something you need more and more of, so it's like a dragon you keep going farther and farther to get. But it's never enough.
When Kyle and Stan score 100,000 on Carry On My Wayward Son notice how their Guitars are unplugged when they're celebrating.
When Randy is playing Heroin Hero, Stan says to get off the Xbox, but the gaming system he has looks more like an old Super Nintendo than an Xbox.
When Randy plays Guitar Hero and fails he ends with 40 points. On an actual Guitar Hero game, the lowest score you can possibly get is 50 points.
The song playing when Stan is playing the racing game is the same song heard during Randy's dream sequence in "Spontaneus Combustion".
After showing Heroin Hero on South Park, a lot of websites made their own Heroin Hero game.
In Guitar Hero, it is actually impossible to score 1 million points solo. You can score just over 900,000 points solo. So Stan could not break 1 million unless he was doing co-operative.
It is also impossible to get 1,000,000 points playing co-op on a low score song like "Woman"
The fingering pattern that Thad used to play Buckethead Acoustically was nowhere NEAR the way it actually goes.
In the final song of the show when Stan and Kyle are going for 1,000,000 points, it is shown that they lose points from 999 thousand back down to 990 thousand. It is impossible in the game to lose points.
You can clearly see on the bowling sign that they misspelled Kyle Broflovski's name as Kile Barffloski.
The guitar gear Randy uses consists of a guitar that looks like a Gibson Les Paul (it is even in the most recognized color), but the cutaway is deeper. He also has an amp that says "Vaux" on the front which resembles a "Vox" amp.
The only way you can get 1,000,000 on Guitar Hero is to play Cooperative mode.
When Kyle and Stan score 100,000 points the wires from their Guitar Controllers are seen detached from the controller.
Butters: Fellas, fellas! They're going to do it!
Butters: Stan and Kyle, they're going to break a million points on guitar hero and unlock super stardom!
Craig: Dude, what's the matter with him?
Butters: He's been up for three days straight playing Heroin Hero.
EV Games Clerk: There he is! So, did you break a million yet?
Stan: No, I didn't break a million points and unlock superstardom, all right? I'm done with that stupid game!
EV Games Clerk: Aw, come on. Once you start playing Guitar Hero, you can't stop till you reach the top.
Stan: I just wanna find something else to play.
EV Games Clerk: Have you played Rehab Hero? You get chased by a big dragon, but you keep running away from it.
(Stan and Kyle walk in and Randy is playing Heroin Hero)
Dragon: Come on, come on. You almost got me. Catch me. Come on.
Stan: Aw Goddamnit! Dad, get off our X-Box!
Randy: Hang on, I almost caught the dragon.
Stan: No, me and Kyle are gonna play Guitar Hero!
Randy: I can get him! Wait! Where's he going now?
Stan: You don't ever catch the dragon, Dad!
(Stan turns the X-Box off)
Randy: NO! NO I SAID! I AM YOUR FATHER! PUT IT BACK ON!
Kyle: But it's our game. We bought it together.
Stan: I know, and, and I wanna be fair about it, so, I'll buy you out of your part.
Kyle: Buy me out?! What are you saying?! What makes you so high and mighty you can buy me out?!
Stan: Don't put this all on me, Kyle!
Cartman: Oh my God this is so awesome.
Manager: You've got real potential, kid. I have no doubt you can break a million.
Stan: Really? That'd be sweet.
Manager: I think you could. But uh, as for your friend, well, to be honest, I think he's holding you back.
Stan: What, you mean, Kyle?
Manager: Look, you score a lot higher than him; there's no question who the better one is. I wanna put you with some other players, find a partner for you who can really help you max your score.
Stan: But, Kyle and I always play together. We both chipped in for the game system.
Manager: Very honorable. But you know where loyalty gets you in a game like Guitar Hero? Nowheres. Just listen to that video crowd. I haven't heard a video crowd go that wild in a long time. You've got a chance to score a million points, and I hate to see you throw it away because you're worried about your friend's feelings.
(Listening to Carry on Wayward Son)
Manager: Well, what do you think?
Producer: I like it. That's these boys playing?
Manager: No, that's Kansas. But these boys scored a hundred thousand points to it on Expert Level in Co-op Mode.
Manager: I'm Charles Kincaid, from the Kincaid Talent Agency? I just heard you broke a hundred thousand points on Guitar Hero.
Stan: Yeah, we did.
Mr. Kincaid: I'm impressed.
Cartman: Ow! Craig, stop cheating!
Craig: How was THAT cheating?
Cartman: Because you tripped me you black asshole!
(Randy does poorly on Guitar Hero)
Announcer: GAME OVER! YOU SUCK!
Manager: This is Thad.
Manager: Thad is so good at Guitar Hero, he doesn't even need a TV screen. He can play acoustically.
Stan: Yeah, but can he play Buckethead on Expert?
(Thad hits notes on Guitar Hero controller)
Stan: Nice, but now play John the Fisherman.
(Thad hits notes on Guitar Hero controller)
Man: Ooh, I love this song.
(People at restaurant start to clap)
Randy: Well you kids wanna see something really cool? Check this out.
(Randy picks up a guitar and starts playing Carry on Wayward Son)
Once, I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion. I was soaring ever higher. But I flew too high. Though my eyes could see I-
Stan: Dad? Dad! What are you doing?!
Randy: I can actually play a lot of these songs on a real guitar. You want me to teach you boys how?
Cartman: Uhh, that's gay, Mr. Marsh.
Stan: Yeah, that's stupid, Dad.
Randy: But... But this is real.
Cartman: Real guitars are for old people.
EV Games Clerk: (About Heroin Hero) It's real easy. All you do is run around a magical forest and shoot simulated heroin. You could call it the ultimate first-person shooter.
Announcer: Congratulations, you played enough Guitar Hero to score one million points! You!...are!...FAGS!!
(Long silence follows)
Stan: That's it?
Kyle: Goddamn it. Goddamn it!
(The two walk away. Cartman stands up and takes Stan's controller)
Cartman: Butters, you wanna play me next?
Butters: Okay, but I get to be the one that betrays you after the sex and drug party.
(Butters takes Kyle's controller and the two start playing)
This episode drew in an audience over 4 million viewers and was the most watched telecast for young adult males(18-34) on the Wednesday the episode was aired.
Featured Songs in this episode: * "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas * "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones * "John the Fisherman" by Primus * "Surrender" by Cheap Trick * "Pretty Vacant" by The Sex Pistols * "Cherry Pie" by Warrant * "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison * "Woman" by Wolfmother * "I Remember You" by Skid Row. Also Jordan by Buckethead is mentioned in this episode.
All the songs featured in this episode for Guitar Hero are in the Guitar Hero games except "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison, and "I Remember You" by Skid Row.
In the EV Games shop, in the top left corner, there is a poster with an O-Box, an obvious pun on Microsoft's gaming console, the X-Box.
Okami: While Stan is at the video games store, you can see the popular game Okami behind the manager.
The Partridge Family: Charles Kincaid, the manager for Stan and Kyle bears a rather striking resemblance to Reuben Kincaid, the manager of the Partridge Family band on the TV series of the same name.
The current quarterback of the Denver Broncos was shown in a scene, where he was insulted.
That Thing You Do!:
The scene when Thad quits is similar to a scene in the 1996 Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do!, when the lead singer and guitarist, Jimmy, quits the band by singing the words "I quit" over and over.
The owner of the bowling alley, Mick, is the same character as the Coach from the Rocky movies.
When Randy is showing the boys he can play a real guitar, the amp he uses has Vaux written on it. This is a parody of Vox amplifiers used by actual musicians.
The EV Games store that Stan frequently finds himself in in this episode is a parody of EB Games, a fairly big game store chain.
The title is a reference to the extremely popular video game franchise, Guitar Hero.
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