NYT Magazine profiles the making of the upcoming Rockband: The Beatles. Of note are the special considerations Harmonix, the company behind the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games, has taken for the making of this game. One of them for example is that this is the first Rock Band game without cheers or boos by a crowd. “The Beatles, however, cannot be booed off the stage — how preposterous would that be? — so instead the game cuts to a “Song Failed” screen”.
This is not just any band, so this will not just be any game.
The odd recording session in March was one very small contribution to what Apple Corps — the company still controlled by McCartney, Starr and the widows of Lennon and Harrison — hopes will be the most deeply immersive way ever of experiencing the music and the mythology of the Beatles. The band that upended the cultural landscape of the 1960s is now hitching its legacy to the medium of a new generation: the video game.
I’ve never played a Rock Band or Guitar Hero game, but this could be the gateway.