Friday, June 5, 2009

Fifth Beatle? Try the Millionth

I was happy to read The Beatles' catalog is finally being remastered after 22 years of awful sounding compact discs, but some news out of Apple Corps left me sour. Earlier this week video-game enthusiasts stopped playing with their joysticks (or whatever they are called now) for an, apparently, nearly orgasmic moment as The Beatles: Rock Band was unveiled at the E3 Expo. Yes, on September 9, you can hang out and play with John, Paul, George and Ringo... in your little dream world.

Obviously, the surviving band members and widows think this is a great idea, but I feel like this cheapens their legacy. Hundreds of other bands have already done the video game thing. Just because The Beatles' version can do a few new fancy things doesn't mean the most important band in popular music is following trends instead of setting them. It's somewhat ironic this game is unveiled the same week we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper album. OK, I'm old and bitter. Now go tune your fake guitars.

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