How did I guess something like this was going to happen? The moment Activision mentioned that there would be an avatar appearance of Kurt Cobain in the latest Guitar Hero, the Internet exploded with whinging saying the idea was “creepy”. What’s the deal? The guy has been dead for ages, and who wouldn’t want to rock out as a pixelated version of a grungy nineties star? Did anyone shriek with horror when Jimi Hendrix appeared in Guitar Hero World Tour? No, they didn’t, so why should this be any different?
Regardless, Activision went ahead with the idea and a digital Kurt is posthumously rocking out in living rooms across the globe right this second. Only, turns out that his ever so delightful widow, Courtney Love, had no idea about this. Her twitter account just erupted with the usual inane babble, only this time it has been interspersed with heart-warming threats and accusation aimed at Activision.
Two of the plethora of tweets regarding the matter said:
“FOR THE RECORD I DID NOT APPROVE KURTS AVATAR FOR GUYITARHERO5. i think Kurt would despise this game alone let alone this avatar [sic]”
“this is NECROPHILIC this is VILE please address all calls to my lawyer Kieth Fink Esquire who is FURIOUS And to my Publicist Rogers and Cowa [sic]”
As one who is directly tied to the Cobain estate, surely she must have known? Surely Activision would have attained the green light as well? It all seems really weird and possibly the result of some drug-induced delusion. Either way, it’s going to be great to see how this pans out. My money is on Bobby Kotick – he just seems less crazy.
UPDATE (11 September 2009): Yep, totally called it. Activision has spoken up about the whole debacle and gone on record to say, “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5″. Oh Courtney, didn’t anyone ever tell you to read something before you sign it?