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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Paying to Play

posted by on August 2 at 13:15 PM

In the dead-horse-beating realm, the newest kids on the block have allied with the master.

Gaming sensation Guitar Hero splinters into two separate entities this Christmas season. While the copyright owners of the original have gotten a new developer to pump out Guitar Hero 3, the original creators are turning toy instruments up to 11 with Rock Band, an elaborate morph that combines fake guitars, fake drums and a microphone. Assuming you’ve saved enough cash for all of the accessories, you and three other friends can pretend to be a full band come November 20. Flush your eyes with water after watching this:

Lest we even begin to wonder whether American game players are over the rhythm game fad, the team behind Rock Star has unveiled its “full album” approach, meaning you can pretend to play an entire LP in the game, rather than GH’s singles play. And guess which weight-loss crazy, legacy-killing psychopath is in on this one?

Yes, Nirvana’s Nevermind will be mimicked in full this holiday season, only half a year after the band’s “Breed” was co-opted to sell a baseball video game. I could say the obvious about Courtney Love’s countless and questionable Cobain-related licensing deals, but I’ll just repost it instead:

Love’s manager, Peter Asher, told Variety that none of Nirvana’s songs would be used for anything that Cobain would have opposed. It is not known whether Cobain played or liked video games.

Are you sure he didn’t mention a thumbs-up or thumbs-down about Pac-Man in the diaries? Wait, I think found something from the DGC Rarities Vol. 1 CD:

“Fuck your ass, for the fun — I don’t know why I, I don’t know why I pay, pay to play”

Meditation on ’80s arcade culture? Way to reach, Courtney.

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Heart Shaped Box was already in GH2. HTH.

Posted by K | August 2, 2007 4:05 PM

Hm. Maybe you should actually, you know, play one of these games before mocking it. Just a thought.

Posted by Ryan | August 2, 2007 8:11 PM

Oh, he plays. Sam's Guitar Hero plastic-instrument-thing features prominently in his home. He always gives stuff (games, bands, etc.) at least 4.5 seconds consideration before mocking, FYI.

Posted by Beth | August 2, 2007 9:43 PM

Ryan, dare I challenge ye to a GHII duel?

And K, fair point. Um... GHII duel as well?

Posted by Sam Machkovech | August 2, 2007 11:32 PM

Ugh. Who knows wether Kurt liked or hated video games. I do know this. He never liked sports.

Well... If the Beatles legacy can be shat on through licensing, why not Nirvana?

Posted by godsactionfigure | August 3, 2007 11:08 AM

I smell a Guitar Hero Rock Off. I get first song pick.

Posted by louley | August 3, 2007 12:23 PM

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