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Top 5 Classic Rock-Inspired Video Games
By: Kathryn Summers
6/17/2013

You know you’ve made it big time when a video game has been made in your honor.  Here are our top 5 classic rock bands that have taken over the virtual world:

1.   The Beatles -- "The Beatles: Rock Band"

The Beatles were fittingly the first band to have a version of “Rock Band” devoted entirely to themselves back in 2009. Though they weren’t heavily involved in the making of the game, Beatles icons Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended several events to promote the game. “The Beatles: Rock Band” features more than 40 of the band’s hits and takes players through the band’s history, making it an emotional experience for fans as well.


2.   The Rolling Stones -- "Voodoo Lounge"

Created in 1995, Voodoo Lounge was inspired by the album of the same name, the band’s first without bassist Bill Wyman. This interactive CD-Rom game lets players wander around the Voodoo Lounge to solve mysteries and possibly catch up with the Rolling Stones.  With footage of the Stones and several songs from the album, who wouldn’t want to play Voodoo Lounge?


3.   Aerosmith - Revolution X

Revolution X, the coin-operated arcade game from 1994, centers on Aerosmith after the band has been kidnapped by New Order Nation (NON), an organization whose goal is to control young people across the globe by cutting off all forms of entertainment. The game, which is sort of a rock-inspired riff on Footloose, also features four Aerosmith songs, including "Eat the Rich," "Sweet Emotion," "Toys in the Attic" and "Walk This Way."  


4.   
Queen -- "LEGO Rock Band: Queen"

 

Queen might hold the distinction for being the classic rock band that has inspired the most video games over the years. Back in 1998, the band was featured in “Queen: The eYe,” a futuristic adventure game featuring the band’s songs that is thematically similar to the band’s “We Will Rock You” music that followed. A few years later, Queen challenged its fans to channel Freddie Mercury in the karaoke video game “Queen: SingStar,” before their most recent game, 2009’s “LEGO Rock Band: Queen,” which takes digitizing rockers even further by turning the bandmates into LEGO characters.

 

 


5.   REO Speedwagon – “REO Speedwagon: Find Your Own Way Home”

Named after the band’s 2007 album, this is a somewhat surprising entry into the classic rock
video game hall of fame. The game, which was described as a one-of-a-kind “music video game,” was an online game that allowed fans to win prizes as they went along with the game, unlocking new songs and even concert tickets when it was released back in ’09. While the game centers on finding missing REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, we know the band, Cronin included, is busy touring around the U.S. all summer long.

 


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