ah, michael jackson, we hardly knew ye. i am the first person to be in love with game merch, but at a certain point i draw the line. michael jackson is dead. ok? the man is dead. he has been dead for quite some time. i am not without heart, but let’s put it in perspective: a man died. this is sad. the world lost musical talent. this is also sad. his family lost a member. i am so very sorry for their loss – a death in the family is absolutely devastating. that’s where it ends. there are so many other things in this world to cry over rather than mourn some celebrity.
what really bothers me about this whole mj thing is that the last few years while he was alive, he was a joke. let’s admit it. let’s get the truth out there, people. generations of children attempted the moonwalk. they probably also rendered themselves sterile from all the crotch-grabbing impressions. he was a relic. he was an obligatory reference when you spoke about the 80s and 90s. he admitted to a lot of creepy shit. then there’s the clusterfuck that are the allegations. at the time he died, he was preparing for a comeback.
does any of that overshadow his contributions to the world? no. he did a lot of good and ground-breaking stuff. he advanced us ahead musically by centuries. his impact and his influence will be felt for decades. he set a ton of records that have yet to be broken.
ultimately, whatever he did do; whatever he didn’t do – it’s over. let him rest in peace, or whatever. this is a blog about video games, not a courtroom.
i have to say, i am disgusted with the new ‘michael jackson experience’ game. oh you haven’t heard? yeah that shit is real, son. you get to reproduce the king of pop’s signature moves in your fucking living room. what, in the name of all that is holy, are we DOING? why are we making a GAME about a dead celebrity? does society have no shame?!
then there’s the ambiguity of the game itself – there are so many things that title suggests! are we talking and adult and children ‘sharing-a-bed-while-christ-knows-what-goes-on-under-the-covers’ michael jackson? or are we talking ‘i’m-so-rich-i-bought-jesus’ michael jackson? naturally, it’s probably the least offensive version of the man.
what truly offends me, aside from the monetization of death, is that the game comes complete with sequined glove. fuck me sideways on a trapeze – is this actually happening? are we providing accessories to a game about a dead man?
we’d all be up in arms if wikileaks sent out a cable detailing that james dean actually had a cause and actually was faking his celebrated sense of ennui. or if sega made ‘heath ledger: a knight’s tale’ experience. don’t act like this shit won’t happen! what’s next? elvis rockband?! kurt cobain’s wireless guitar?!
i better shut up. somewhere, a game company executive is jotting down careful notes.