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Heights bar fires up computer game for metal maniacs.

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Gone are the days of standing in front of your bedroom mirror with an air guitar in your hands. At Fox & Hound's weekly Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock competition, novices and veterans alike pick up axes to jam to the interactive game on a 12-foot-square flat-screen TV. "People take it seriously because the competitive spirit is still there," says Chris Fousek, the club's floor manager.And they should (what/why?). To compete, a player rocks out on a guitar-shaped controller as a song's notes are scrolled on the screen. Every Wednesday night, one of the contestants wins after perfectly playing eight tiers of more than 60 tunes, from old-school classics by ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd to heavy-metal tracks by Metallica and Guns N' Roses. The bar even dims the lights in its party room to create a rock-arena mood. "We knew this would take off," says Fousek. "The game is addictive, and a lot of regulars don't realize that they're getting a lightweight workout while jumping around and rocking." The jam starts at 9 tonight at Fox & Hound Pub & Grille, 1479 SOM Center Road in Mayfield Heights. Admission is free. Call 440-646-9078 or visit
Wednesdays, 9 p.m., 2008
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