June 6 2013
In a growing trend, indie and major artists are getting their music licensed for video games. In some cases, licensing to video games has become very lucrative for some artists. However, some gamemakers are taking the concept further by creating games based off of artists and music. Most recently, Joy Division and Kanye West have received the video game treatment.
Game creator Gordon Calleja has adapted the popular Joy Division song "Love Will Tear Us Apart" into a video game called "Will Love Tear Us Apart?" The game, which is about relationships on the brink of breaking up, can be played right in your web browser. Each verse of the song is a level of game play.
"Will Love Tear Us Apart? encourages players to reflect on the darker side of love: mis-communication, emotional impasse and the sadness of separation. Solace may be found in the brief moment of lightness that comes over us when we come to terms with the reality of an irreconcilable relationship."
Next up, game creator Phenix turned Kanye West in to a role playing game similar to Zelda and Final Fantasy called Kanye Quest 3030. This hip hop inspired sci-fi game takes place in the future wear Kanye battles clones of other artists like Snoop Lion, Dr. Dre, and Tupac.
"In January 2010, as rapper and producer Kanye West is taking the garbage out one day, he suddenly travels through a wormhole. Emerging on the other side, Kanye finds himself in the year 3030. In a dystopian city filled with clones of hip-hop musicians and under the control of a god-like dictator, can Kanye get back home? "
Kanye uses a variety of "hip hop" skills such as rapping, production, and dissing. The game is currently in Alpha, but can be downloaded and played for free. Kanye Quest 3030 only works for Windows machine.