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Band Theft Auto: 8 Rock Star Video Game Cameos

What happens when the worlds of rock and gaming collide?

After the death of GWAR's Dave Brockie, a petition was launched to have Oderus Urungus included as a playable character in the latest version of Mortal Kombat in tribute to the late frontman. It got us thinking, which rock stars have popped up in our video games over the years? Beastie Boys popped up on NBA Street V3 and James Hetfield was a playable character on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD. Nothing out of the ordinary, really. But here’s eight games which really caught our attention…

 Journey Escape (1982), Journey (1983)
"You must lead all five members of Journey through waves of pesky characters and backstage obstacles to the Scarab Escape Vehicle before time runs out," explains the exciting manual for Atari platform oddity Journey Escape. On the way from stage to spaceship, players are warned to look out for 'Shifty-Eyed Promoters' and 'Love-Crazed Groupies' ("They will flock to you and can easily relieve you of $300"). 1983's self-titled sequel, in which the player travels the universe in search of Journey's instruments, was more cutting-edge; the bands' heads appeared as digitised black-and-white photographs on 8-bit cartoon bodies.

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