Awhile ago on the comment boards of an old CCW video I started a side thread with CCW viewer Pobra (I believe) about the rumor of Daft Punk being in the upcoming Activision video game DJ Hero. Not only were their music to be in the game but the duo of Daft Punk themselves were rumored to be playable characters. Looks like it’s not a rumor anymore.
I am kinda torn on how I feel about this. Activision is obviously a company out to make as much may as they can and if that means to exploit dead musicians so be it. Their Guitar Hero games have featured Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Kurt Cobain as “characters.” So when I see that one of my personal favorite bands will be heavily featured in a game of theirs I am of two minds.
One: It is admittedly kinda cool to see Daft Punk in a game doing their thing. I believe that the game has the potential to expose a great deal of people to Daft Punk‘s music and I see that as being very good.
Two: I had always thought of Daft Punk as being a band who would never commercially sell out. They made an animated movie called Interstella 5555 which was all about the greed and corruption of the music industry and here they are now getting into bed with one of the biggest (and some would argue most evil) publishers in the video game industry today.
Am I being a bit hypocritical by shitting on Activision while at the same time I am loving the hell out of Harmonix’ Beatles: Rock Band? Maybe a little but they are two very different things in my mind which I have already posted about in the past.