Five Strange Musician-Led Videogames

There are games based on films and there are games based on books. A third strand of media tapped up by artistically blocked game developers is music. If you can rope in the fans of any given artists maybe you can make bank, but as with all licensed tie-ins I doubt it. There are some real stinkers and really strange crossovers when musicians get involved with the video game industry and here’s my selection of five curios from these bizarre blends…

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Way of the Dogg

Do you know what makes a game fun? Cutting out the gameplay and replacing it all with QTEs. Another fun feature is to develop for mobile and then port over to other platforms. A final fun game design tip – building on the entirely self-created mythology of Snoop Dog – this time, he’s a Rasta, Karate Sensei. Can it have it’s BAFTA yet?

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Kiss: Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child

So many videogame titles use colons – but only Gene would go through two! Despite Simmons’s well attested narcissism – Kiss are not so vainglorious to be the champions of their own game. It’s a Kiss tribute band which serves as the game’s protagonists. I could explain the Dreamcast gameplay or story but I think you can guess from the title.

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Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Visionary David Bowie meets “visionary” David Cage. I’d imagine that David Cage probably feels his analogy in music is the late-great David Bowie, it isn’t. The game makes a rare expectation when the use of Bowie probably improves yet another snorefest from Cage. It was on the Dreamcast and makes a curious entry to Bowie’s strange oeuvre.

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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

People mock Fiddy and Blood on the Sand – but remember it is a sequel. If anything sums up the mythos of G-Unit it has to be Blood on the Sand. 50 Cent, rapper-come-warmonger goes from being stiffed payment for a concert to chasing a diamond-encrusted skull across the Sahara. See, it’s a perfect representation of a day in the life of G-Unit.

Revolution X

Revolution X

Aerosmith are clearly more relaxed than their peers, rather than being the hero of their own game they went for a Princess Peach role. Revolution X is an on-rail arcade shooter almost identical to Midway’s earlier Terminator title. But rather than play as a reprogrammed T-800 cyborg, you are a concert-goer rescuing your favourite band from a killjoy police state. On balance, Revolution X is probably better use of a game engine.


Featured image is taken from a page titled A BRIEF OST INTERLUDE: VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACKS THAT LIVE IN MY HEART! on Great Lakers Detroit.

Screenshots of games are sourced from – Way of the Dogg Google App Store PageEmuparadise game page; Spoofee; and Wikipedia

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