This is the first official peek at what the Beatles edition of the new Rockband game will look like, in the form of a preview video. From this brief snippet, I give it pretty high marks for realism. I *love* walking down the steps to the Cavern, as well as the slight breeze blowing on the Apple rooftop during “Get Back.” The instruments seem accurate – Rickenbacker, Gretch and Epiphone Casino guitars are in abundance. A quibble: Their hands don’t seem to be making the right chord shapes. But then again, you don’t do that in Rockband either!
Which brings up a point: Why care about some silly video game? I think the short answer is this will introduce millions of younger folks to the Beatles’ music. Over on a blog devoted to video games, I just saw this comment:
I was never much of a Beatles fan but after watching this trailer I definately had to look them up on Youtube. Damn Their songs are amazing. I missed out on a great band. I’m a fan now.
THAT’s why the impending 09/09/09 release of the Beatles’ version of the Rockband game is a big deal.
More about today’s official announcement, attended by Paul and Ringo among others, here.
UPATE: For you true Beatlemaniacs, visit the press area of the game’s website for lots more info.