Ringo Starr Trademarks Ringo Game


The venerable ex-Beatle may have hit on his drum heads a little too hard if he thinks a Ringo-themed game is a good idea.

Ringo Starr is the best backbeat in the business, according to his ex-bandmate George Harrison. As the backbone of the Fab Four, Ringo Starr slapped the skins in more classic songs than I can recall and inspired drummers such as Phil Collins and Dave Grohl for years to come. Other then Sir Paul McCartney (where’s Ringo’s freaking knighthood?), Ringo Starr is the only surviving Beatle despite being the oldest member of the group. Kids probably best know him now as the voice of the narrator in Thomas the Tank Engine, but Ringo still writes and records music, with his fifteenth solo album Y Not released a year ago. He was on stage at the 2009 E3 to announce Harmonix’s Rock Band: The Beatles, and perhaps that’s where he (or his handlers) got the idea for a music videogame. On January 26th, Ringo Starr aka Richard Starkey filed for a trademark for a “computer game software” and toyline called Ringo.

I’m not sure how I feel about a videogame based on the accolades of a 70 year old Ringo Starr. Most of his more memorable accomplishments would have already been covered by Rock Band: The Beatles, and even though he toured for years with his All-Starr band I don’t really think there’s enough material there for a game.

On the other hand, whenever I play the drums in Rock Band people say that my movements are similar to Ringo’s straight-backed posture behind the drum set. So maybe there’s something to this crazy idea after all.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

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