By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated December 20, 2019 at 02:29 AM EST

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome your new ruler. Danny Johnson, 14, of Grapevine, Tex., set a new world record in Guitar Hero III yesterday by earning an astonishing 973,954 points playing DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” at a Guinness World Records event in Manhattan. Wow. This kid can shred, on a video-game accessory. Johnson played so hard he actually broke one of the buttons on his fake guitar. (As The New York Times helpfully explains: “Players rack up points by hitting buttons on a plastic guitar controller in time to the music.” They so do!)

Personally, I find watching YouTube clips of Guitar Hero and Rock Band experts in action almost as fun as actually playing those games myself, so I’m glad that Johnson has posted dozens of videos of himself mastering “Through the Fire and Flames” on his YouTube channel. The most recent one is below, though he doesn’t seem to have posted video of his record-setting run yet.

Pretty impressive, right? Three cheers for Danny Johnson! And here’s hoping he doesn’t fall into the dangerous spiral that befell Stan and Kyle when they won a similar contest on South Park that one time. (Link contains some offensive language, ’cause it’s South Park and they can’t resist undermining their legit LOLs with grade-school slurs.)

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