The Beatles may be the most celebrated music group in human history, but that doesn't mean they're the right choice for a video game. According to MTV Games' Scott Guthrie, Green Day is better suited to gaming than The Beatles.
“We were pleased with the performance of Beatles: Rock Band but we were expecting higher sales,” he said. "Our core audience of 16 to 34-year-old males are much more familiar with Green Day music than The Beatles."
“This isn’t a band that has been around for a short period – they’ve been going 21 years," Guthrie says of Green Day. "They have a great history. It is in fact a much wider audience than some people might give them credit for. Green Day probably has a much higher awareness than perhaps The Beatles did.”
I don't know... it seems to me that just about everyone between the ages of 16-34 is aware of both groups, at least, everyone who has the slightest interest in music or music video games. In fact, it seems to me that the lower-than-expected sales of The Beatles: Rock Band might have more to do with a generally glutted market for the music game genre. I love music games, but the possibilities of the genre wear out pretty quickly compared to, say, shooters.
What do you think? Are you unfamiliar with The Beatles? Do you think Green Day is a better choice for a music game?
Speaking of Green Day: Check out our article with the band in which Billy Jo and company talk Green Day: Rock Band, prove their gaming bonafides -- Green Day has been gaming since Joust -- and teach us all a little something about rock and roll.