This week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) took place in Los Angeles, drawing fanfare and hype across the gaming world. The three-day trade fair is open to only vendors and developers, but it provokes the kind of suspense Apple fans feel before a major Steve Jobs announcement. OC Weekly's Peter Mai has been reporting from this year's expo, and it looks like there are plenty of new and familiar developments in store for gamers. In celebration of video gaming's slow but determined rise toward becoming an art form, here are ten memorable (and not so memorable) musical moments in video game history.
Midway's Revolution X starred Steven Tyler and Aerosmith in a dystopian world run by an evil corporatized government alliance called the “New Order Nation.” The game begins at an Aerosmith concert in Los Angeles, where government soldiers crash the party and kidnap the band. Up to two players, armed with machine guns, can set off to rescue the band members from distant locales like the Amazon and Middle East. The side-scrolling rail shooter never quite took off, but today it feels like a great distillation of early '90s excess. Players can pick up Laserdiscs as power-ups and rescue exotic dancer hostages for extra points.
6. "Who's That? Brooown!”, Das Racist (2010)
Out of all the games which have come out for the Nintendo Wii, Smooth Moves perhaps makes the best use of the console's motion sensor technology: humiliating its players. It's also one of the funniest. The non-sequitur story lines and kooky microgames features some of the most unusual cut scenes, and "Feline Fever,” below, is one of the game's best.