Rock Stars and Video Games – They Just Don’t Mix

We are all familiar with Michael Jackson’s nightmare inducing Moonwalker video game from our childhood (Annie are you okay?). We remember with astonishment the first time we walked into a video arcade and saw Aerosmith’s Revolution X, and actually blushed in embarrassment for them. But how many of you can actually say that in 1983, that you pumped quarters into Journey’s game from Bally/Midway? How many of you bought the Atari 2600 versionof Journey’s Escape? To be honest with you folks, I have never played any of these games, and I remember them with much humor thinking to myself, “Good God, what’s next?” Yes, even at 10-years old, I thought a Journey video game was a very bad idea. Well, thanks to MTV, these games have surfaced in an all new video that should produce a few laughs. We have posted the Moonwalker video for your vomit inducing pleasure in the past , but this one just takes the cake. Not only does it include a clip from said video, but it also has Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler talking about kids getting bald spots on their heads from virtual reality games. Okaaaaay. I thought he stopped doing drugs back in the mid-eighties? Guess he has some aftereffects still lingering from his days as a drug addled maniac. Aside form this though, the Journey clip is the highlight of the video. You get to see Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain in their full-feathered-hair glory, trying to sound intelligent whne talking about a video game. Watch, when Jonathan mentions Steve Perry during the interview and Neal sort of rolls his eyes and looks a bit bitchy.

I will cease with my nonsensical ramblings and just let you watch the video – but afterwards, get down on your knees and thank the gaming gods above that while we still have utter trash being released as games these days, the trash smells much better than it used to.

Thanks for making me laugh: Kotaku

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10 Comments on Rock Stars and Video Games – They Just Don’t Mix

Mr. Sadistic

On November 16, 2007 at 7:16 pm

Ugh, I remember my older brother telling me about that crappy Journey game when I was a kid. I always wondered what the hell he was talking about, but I can finally see how god awful it really was. As for Moonwalker and Revolution X, I thought the arcade versions were great, but uh I can’t really say the same for the console ports.

Jay

On November 16, 2007 at 7:58 pm

That Journey game confounded me when it came out and the arcade version was much better… but Journey was the at the time and for them to have their own video game was monumental. It was what it was.

Phil Migrowen

On November 16, 2007 at 10:28 pm

“Yes, even at 10-years old, I thought a Journey video game was a very bad idea.”

That’s because you weren’t old enough to appreciate it.

“But how many of you can actually say that in 1983, that you pumped quarters into Journey’s game from Bally/Midway? ”

I can. That game was fantastic for the time. Up until then video games only featured fictional or cartoon characters, but this game featured a real band, and a great rock band at that. Plus, the game had some technological innovations which made it stand out.

I don’t know what the that is supposed to be in the video, but that is NOT the Journey arcade game. The arcade game was terrific. It had digitized images of the band members faces on the characters in the game along with Journey’s music in it which made it totally awesome for the time (Yes I wrote it, but what do you expect for commentary a game from the 80′s? :mrgreen: ). If you liked Journey and you liked video games, this was the game for you. I know I wasn’t the only one who liked the game because I usually had to wait in line to play it.

William

On November 17, 2007 at 1:06 am

Moonwalker was great in the arcade and on the Genesis. I actually have fond memories of the game. We have to really keep in mind that Michael was still very cool at the time and the game wasn’t that creepy at the time.

Shawn Sines

On November 17, 2007 at 6:38 am

I was 10, I liked Escape in the arcade. I didn’t care for the home version as much but I liked the arcade game. Now, what there is no excuse for, was my like for the arcade Moonwalker..

I was old enough to know better at that point. I even bought the crappy Genesis version because I liked the Arcade version of the game as my second genesis purchase after Golden Axe.. it should have been an indicator for what was to come…

Moonwalker was like a fantastical Andrew Lloyd-Webber pedophile version of Sega’s E-SWAT..

I have tried to hide my inner shame but I think it time to push past it and move into acceptance.

Stephany

On November 17, 2007 at 10:32 am

I suppose I might have felt differently Phil, if it had been a video game featuring a band I was crazy over when I was 10. Granted I liked Journey (who didn’t?) but I was not totally bonkers over them. It is not that I could not appreciate their game, because there were plenty of games I appreciated at that age. Now, if a game featuring Duran Duran had come out at the time, I most likely would have gone completely insane, although I am ashamed to admit it -but that is something that most girls at that time and at that age can say, unfortunately. However, by the time Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker came out I was over the whole MJ “Thriller” craze and was tired of Aerosmith and more into bands like Zeppelin, U2, The Police and SRV – plus some of the heavy metal bands of the 80′s like GNR and Whitesnake (lmao).

Phil Migrowen

On November 17, 2007 at 1:49 pm

“I was 10, I liked Escape in the arcade.”

It wasn’t called Escape in the arcade. It was just called “Journey.” I don’t know anything about that Escape game for the Atari since I didn’t own one (by 1983 the Atari 2600 was old news and basically dead anyway), but it looks like the typical piece of crap for the Atari that would soon be selling for $3 at Target. The Jouney arcade game was a totally different animal, and you didn’t have to be a Journey fan to appreciate it as a game.

Phil Migrowen

On November 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm

“I suppose I might have felt differently Phil, if it had been a video game featuring a band I was crazy over when I was 10. Granted I liked Journey (who didn’t?) but I was not totally bonkers over them.”

Well a ten year old girl wasn’t their main target demographic, so that’s no surprise. If you were a guy and were in high school or college at the time, it would most likely have been a different story.

“It is not that I could not appreciate their game, because there were plenty of games I appreciated at that age.”

No, that’s exactly the issue. I owned Journey’s Captured, Escape, and Frontiers albums, but I wasn’t some huge fan. I simply enjoyed their music and still do. Sure the Journey arcade game had strong appeal to Journey fans, but you didn’t have to be crazy about Journey to appreciate the game as a game. The game had pretty diverse gameplay for a video game at the time, and the digitized faces and background music really added to the production values and made the game stand out from the Frogger, Burger Time, and Jungle Hunt cabinets typically standing next to it. However to a child, a game about a cartoon frog or chef is going to have a lot more appeal than a game about a rock band no matter how technologically advanced it is.

DeathDream

On November 17, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Michael saving the little kids in the game XD wow … lol. I had the Genesis when I was a kid but never played the game. I would like to have the 8bit theme song shown in the video on that Moonwalker game.

~Death Dream~

Stephany

On November 20, 2007 at 9:34 am

Actually Phil, Journey was the first concert I ever went to at that age. My mother asked me which I would rather go to – Rick Springfield or Journey as they were both coming to our area within two days of each other. I chose Journey, which I think we can all agree was the right decision. :lol: