After months of hype from writers trying to cleverly incorporate song titles into their reviews ("You'll play eight days a week!"), the Beatles Rock Band game bit the dust today when a virtual Yoko Ono infiltrated the animation and broke up the group.
Game developers said the Ono avatar dodged Rock Band's firewall by coming in through a bathroom window, protected by a silver spoon.
It was one of several snafus plaguing the video game. In addition to a cartoon Eric Clapton stealing George Harrison's wife during the "White Album" sessions, virtual FBI agents began tailing the game's John Lennon character after he boasted that Beatles Rock Band was "bigger than virtual Jesus." Also, the original Paul McCartney avatar was reportedly killed in a car crash and replaced with a lookalike who can only write silly love songs.
Manufacturer Harmonix refused to offer refunds, saying, "We wanted to give people the full, realistic Beatles experience."
This story originally appeared at NotTheLATimes.com. Copyright (c) 2009 by Roy Rivenburg.
Yoko photo by Roy Kerwood