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Friday, July 18, 2008

“He definitely would have played these games.”

posted by on July 18 at 11:57 AM

I’m fine with old songs being used on Guitar Hero and Rock Band; cueing them up to plastic instruments and 3D avatars doesn’t taint the original artists’ legacy. And if I ever made an awesome song and died, I’d hope there would be no legal wrangling to allow some 12-year-old to YouTube himself fake-rocking to my hit single, “Murder Mausoleum.”

But when the estates of famed rockers get a ton of cash to license their tunes to video games, can they ease up on the fucking rationalizations?

The ultimate guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix, is finally coming to the Guitar Hero game franchise, according to Janie Hendrix, who oversees his estate. The Hendrix estate, which had difficulty locating the original masters until now, has delivered multiple songs — including “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady” and “Little Wing” — to GH’s developers … “Guitar Hero really was on the ball and and they were biting at the bit to get this out this year, so, we just accommodated them,” Janie Hendrix tells Rolling Stone. “Jimi was a kid at heart — he definitely would have played these games.”

Please, stop telling everybody what dead people would’ve wanted when it comes to licensing deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Unless, of course, you plan on issuing statements like the one on the front of his sex tape. Thanks.


(This sorta thing pissed me off last year, too, but that’s only cuz Courtney was getting in on the action.)

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