Guitar Hero 2 players get a Crue cut

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What do Guitar Hero 2, World of Warcraft, and Fight Night Round 3 have in common?  They're the motley crew of games that make up the World Series of Video Games (WSVG) competition -- And speaking of which, Motley Crue's Vince Neil (card-carrying member of heavy metal's living legends) will lead a bevy of celebrity guest judges in the Guitar Hero 2 segment of the tourney.  Other judges include famed video game composer, Tommy Tallarico; Becky "Aktrez" Young, the first lady of the Girl Gaming Network; and even's EIC Sal "Sluggo" Accardo.  More than $60-large is up for grabs (or strums) in the rock n' rolling matches, which feature showmanship as part of the judging criterion.  Look inside for event and airdates.






Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil and MTV Style VJ Coltrane Curtis to judge the

upcoming "Guitar Hero II" competitions in Dallas and Louisville, KY


NEW YORK - June 20, 2007 - The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), Presented by Intel, announced today that Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil leads the pack of special guest judges that will evaluate "Guitar Hero II" competitors. Attendees can look forward to seeing the legendary heavy metal icon at the finals of the upcoming Dallas event July 5-8 at the Gaylord Texan Resort.  


Video game industry experts at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville this weekend will be MTV Style VJ Coltrane Curtis, legendary video game composer Tommy Tallarico, and Becky "Aktrez" Young, Leading Lady of the Girl Gaming Network.  In Dallas, video game journalist and host Geoff Keighley and PC's editor-in-chief Sal "Sluggo" Accardo will assist Vince Neil with the judging. Additional judges for later events will be announced at a later date.


"It was clear from the beginning that we would need to call in the experts to separate the rookies from the rock stars," said Matthew Ringel, president and commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "We are committed to creating a video game tournament that is as fun for spectators as it is for participants.  Our new judging format will help deliver the same immediacy and fun to Guitar Hero II competition as some of the most highly-watched music shows on television."


At each event, the judges will score competitors based on accuracy, difficulty and in an interesting twist, showmanship!  All areas of performances will be evaluated; from the ability to work the crowd, put together a unique and thought-out set and the precision of strumming and ripping.

More than $60,000 in cash prizing will be up for grabs in "Guitar Hero II" competition and a total of $750,000 will be awarded in cash and travel at this year's World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel circuit. Highlights from the competitions will air nationally on CBS Sports as part of four hour-long WSVG specials.  Each episode will include segments on the competitors, as well as extensive competition footage for the featured titles, which include Activision's "Guitar Hero IIT," Blizzard Entertainment®'s "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®", and "EA SPORTST Fight Night Round 3."

More information about the event is available at


Schedule of Televised WSVG Events:

EVENT DATE                         VENUE                                                AIRDATE*
June 21 - 24                            Louisville, Kentucky                            Sunday, July 29, 12 ET

July 5 - 8                                  Dallas, Texas                                      Sunday, August 19, 12 ET

October 18-21                         Los Angeles, California                       Sat., November 17, 1 ET

Nov. 29 - Dec. 2                      Jönköping, Sweden                             Sat., December 15, 2:30 ET


*will air on CBS Sports as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular, check local listings for details



About The World Series of Video Games

The World Series of Video Games is the world's premier video game tournament circuit, which recently began its second season. In 2006, the World Series of Video Games attracted more than 90,000 attendees, produced 250 hours of broadband video, and 20 hours of programming on CBS, MTV, CSTV and GamePlay HD. Registration for all events, a full list of rules and all prizing for circuit events is available on the WSVG website at  

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