Hive Five: Musican-Based Video Game Suggestions

Thom Yorke in Reading, England, August 2009. Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images

Step aside Beatles: Rock Band. This week finds The Michael Jackson Experience available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, utilizing each system’s motion control systems (Move and Kinect, respectively) for what we assume is the pinnacle of home-moonwalking experiences. Here’s five musician-based video games that would tap into the best part of gaming: Highly enjoyable, yet utterly ridiculous in concept.

1.  Thom Yorke Dance Party

Clearly, people want to dance like Michael Jackson. But what about Thom Yorke? When the video for “Lotus Flower” surfaced this past February, the Roots‘ ?uestlove succinctly stated that Yorke dances “like a Muppet on acid.” So why not imitate those Kermit arms using Kinect? Yes, we’d all be able to do our own Yorke during “15 Step” while following on screen cues.

2.  Tyler, the LEGO Creator

Think about it: LEGO OFWGKTA. You play as hero Tyler, the Creator where your gangly body seeks out steak while creating contraptions to murder LEGO B.o.B. and LEGO Bruno Mars.

3.  Iron & Wine: Prince of Fair Trade

Adventure games like Uncharted or Prince of Persia have a simple formula: follow handsome, powerful dudes on a sacred quest. What are those games missing? Beards and soft folk jams. Follow Sam Beam as he outruns would-be attackers in the jungle to make it in time for a coffeehouse gig in the neighboring village.

4. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti‘s Haunted Mansion

One thing that could change the perception of chillwave: have the genre’s weirdo father direct you through a mellow, synth-lined zombie attack.

5. Pac-Man Man

Everyone loves Pac-Man. Combine that classic chase formula with on-stage havoc wreakers Man Man and you’d have an amazing platformer that taps into a time-honored video game tradition: running around, destroying things.

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