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U2 open to making as much money as The Beatles: Rock Band

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, October 8, 2009

Yeah. When The Beatles: Rock Band came out and sold a bajillion copies on 09-09-09, I figured that it would be inevitable that every rock band would get asked if they wanted to cash in on the video game rock star craze. Large sums of cash + vain ego-driven wish fulfillment = is U2 in the house?

"We definitely would like to be in there, but we felt some of the compromises weren’t what we wanted," said U2 bassist Adam Clayton to USA Today. "That could change. I love the idea that that’s where people are getting music, and we’d love to be in that world. We’ll figure something out. What The Beatles have done, where the animation is much more representative of them, is what we’re interested in, rather than the one-size-fits-all animation. We didn’t want to be caricatured."

What Clayton sounds like he's saying is that U2 wants a game as centered on the U2 journey through the ages as what Harmonix did for the fab four...except The Beatles are The Beatles, not U2. I don't want to be another straight out U2 hater 'cuz it's trendy (and Bono sure does make it easy) as U2 has had several interesting reinventions of their image throughout the years and their new stuff is still alright, just not War and The Joshua Tree good. But what Clayton says is interesting in that The Beatles: Rock Band has set a new level of game story for the rythym game genre, one that Guitar Hero: Aerosmith doesn't reach quite as high. Convincing the real A-listers like U2, Madonna, even the estate of Michael Jackson to release songs for rythym video games should be easier now that The Beatles have led the way but at the same time, those kind of heavy hitters are going to want the same kind of publicity and release strategy that Rock Band had for John, Paul, Ringo and George.

-USA Today.

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