Beatles-Based Game In The Works

Beatles-Based Game In The Works

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Beatles fans rejoice! Representatives of the group are in negotiations with both Activision and MTV Games to create a new videogame based on the band.

A report in the Financial Times quotes a source familiar with the discussions as saying any deal would be worth "several million dollars," but must first pass muster with Apple Corps and EMI. Apple Corps was set up by The Beatles in 1968 to manage the band's business interests, and includes Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono Lennon on its board, while music conglomerate EMI owns the Beatles master recordings.

Aside from the obvious interest in a Beatles-based music game, the potential deal is noteworthy because of the band's previous reluctance to license its music for non-traditional uses. Numerous and ongoing negotiations have failed even to produce a deal to license the group's music for digital release, such as in mobile phone ringtones or for sale via digital retailers such as the Apple iTunes store. Apple Corps did allow Beatles music to be used on the popular television show American Idol, however, and that recent exposure could lead to heightened interest in the band's work and more widespread licensing as a result.

"To my view, it's only a matter of time before we see Beatles songs that are the original recordings in motion pictures, in television work, and yes, maybe even one day in a commercial," said Sony/ATV Music Publishing CEO Martin Bandier, whose company controls over 200 Beatles copyrights. He said the American Idol appearance had led to a number of inquiries about the band's music, adding that concerns about commercialism needed to be "balanced against the merits of exposing the band to a younger generation."

The two publishers involved in the negotiations have each achieved huge levels of success with music-based videogames. The Guitar Hero franchise has sold more than 20 million units and broken the $1 billion mark in sales for Activision, while MTV Games, in conjunction with Electronic Arts, introduced Rock Band in late 2007 and has since sold more than three million copies. Activision declined to comment on the talks, while a representative for MTV Games said only, "We are talking to virtually every major rock artist all the time about ways we might get them involved in Rock Band."

While no information regarding dates or formats can even be considered at this early point, a successful deal to create the game would be a major coup, and would very likely allow either Activision to vault past EA to become the top independent videogame publisher in the U.S., or EA to solidify its grip on the position.

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ay now Ringo, if we can get this together, we can actually make quite a good Yellow Submarine Game.
Dat's a good idea Paul, you got a name in mind for it?
Dunno, how about "When I'm N-64?"
That's really crappy, what about "Wii all live..."
Stop starting...John? Any ideas?
Well, it'll need a HELP button, imagine all the people, loading all the world...oohooohoooohoo
Hey Paul, you gonna have a Frog Chorus in there?
*LAUGHS*
Ey, shuttup you guys, now who want's a drink?
I do, as long as you stay away from the Stellar. I hear it's re-assuringly expensive.
Wankers.

This just in, a full 1/3 of the budget to be potentially spent on the visuals for 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. Developers are now bragging that you will taste the colors.

This slightly angers me. It was as if the Beatles were something to be cherished by many, only to be turned around and used for movies and video games. Across the Universe was a good movie, I'm not saying it was horrible, but was it true to the Beatles? Not only the era of time, but the music and lyrics from the band. Not only that, now that the movie has been released, everyone is suddenly a Beatles fan. "I've watched Across the Universe over and over and over. Omg I love the Beatles", shut up. Just because you watched a movie, that doesn't explain anything about the Beatles and only uses their music, doesn't mean that you're a Beatles fan. Now if the game is published and run into little kids who play it, I may have to slit some throats.

For what it's worth, I don't like the Beatles.

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Well if you think about it, they could do something like Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Just throw a crap load of Beatles songs in the game, bands that sounds like them, bands from the same era, and some modern hippie music. There. Guitar Hero: Beatles Edition. Now you have another reason to waste 60.00 USD and never actually buy a real guitar.

Are you expecting something more?

The end times approach. Again.

Not really. Honestly I'd be happy if they never made it. Not too nice of me, but I never claimed to be a nice person. u.u;

It'll probably be buggy as hell.

Rather apt, actually...

Shidoni:
This slightly angers me. It was as if the Beatles were something to be cherished by many, only to be turned around and used for movies and video games. Across the Universe was a good movie, I'm not saying it was horrible, but was it true to the Beatles? Not only the era of time, but the music and lyrics from the band. Not only that, now that the movie has been released, everyone is suddenly a Beatles fan. "I've watched Across the Universe over and over and over. Omg I love the Beatles", shut up. Just because you watched a movie, that doesn't explain anything about the Beatles and only uses their music, doesn't mean that you're a Beatles fan. Now if the game is published and run into little kids who play it, I may have to slit some throats.

Angst much?

Despite their enjoyment of the music being more casual than yours seems to be, it is enjoyment nonetheless. Who are you to deny them that pleasure? Wouldn't it offer the possibility, as mentioned in the article, that people unfamiliar with the band would be exposed, and some proportion thereof would become real fans? Is that such a bad thing?

I enjoy the music of the Beatles. I know next to nothing about the people behind it, their values, or their politics. My original exposure to a member of the band was Sunday afternoons of my youth when I was too old to be watching Thomas the Train on PBS, but too bored to be doing anything else. Lennon died before I was born. I'm assuming, by whatever your definition, that I am not worthy. You, sir/madame, are silly.

Geoffrey42:

Angst much?

Despite their enjoyment of the music being more casual than yours seems to be, it is enjoyment nonetheless. Who are you to deny them that pleasure? Wouldn't it offer the possibility, as mentioned in the article, that people unfamiliar with the band would be exposed, and some proportion thereof would become real fans? Is that such a bad thing?

I enjoy the music of the Beatles. I know next to nothing about the people behind it, their values, or their politics. My original exposure to a member of the band was Sunday afternoons of my youth when I was too old to be watching Thomas the Train on PBS, but too bored to be doing anything else. Lennon died before I was born. I'm assuming, by whatever your definition, that I am not worthy. You, sir/madame, are silly.

Madame would be the correct term, yet something I've never been called before. I do not wish to deny people the pleasures of anything, especially good music. I just don't see why people have to go through so many different round about ways in order to catch the interests of others when it's readily available to them in pretty much every music store, even Wal-Mart, which is everywhere I look now these days. Perhaps there is said "angst" to this topic, because most of the music I like, and/or hold dear, I had to fight for through certain means to establish myself, likes, and dislikes. I'm not against more fans coming or going, just the ones that are coming or going for the wrong reasons. I don't mind that someone may like a game or a film, just as long as they don't claim to be the "Biggest fan" of what the movie or game had very little to do about. I don't play Final Fantasy 7 and claim to be the biggest Biggs and Wedge fan on the planet, because that would be just nonsense, you'd have to play almost every Final Fantasy to figure out how their cameo roles play in. Perhaps I'm just rambling on and on about nothing, but my point is, if you can gather from my previous statements, is that most movies or games have been subjected to a certain point that they are trying to single out people and ideas, which could be great for those in need or want of them, but horrible for those who don't give a damn. Add a Beatles Greatest Hits album to Rock Band and let it be done with.

 

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