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OC woman sets Guitar Hero III world record

January 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An Irvine woman is a hero to followers of one of the most popular video games: Guitar Hero.

Annie Leung, 25, not only strums a mean guitar, she's also set a world record. A YouTube video shows Leung winning the Guinness World Record for a single track on Guitar Hero III played by a female.

Her score was 789,349, playing "Through the Fire and Flames" by Dragonforce.

It all somewhat happened by accident. Leung started out playing first-person shooter games, but realized she could excel more on Guitar Hero.

"I decided to play Guitar Hero just for fun, you know, and then it became my actual main game," said Leung. "When I actually played it for the first time, it was really difficult, but I think because of my background in piano, I picked up the game really quickly. Within my first year, I was competing."

Leung said she practices between four to six hours at a time before a competition.

"Normally I don't practice that much. I do have a life. I do go out and shop and see whatever, you know, I'm normal. But when I have an event, I do sit down and really focus and practice," said Leung.

For Leung, it's just another day of work.

"Yea, it's a really fun job. You get to travel. You get to meet people and get sponsored and get paid and you're playing video games, so it's cool," she said.