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Viva La Resolution 33

Via Games*Design*Art*Culture, a post over on the O'Reilly network discussing an unofficial "anthem" for the GDC entitled Viva La Resolution. From the post: "So imagine an alternate universe in which a major game publisher--Microsoft, say--actually embraced the notion that games are an artform and encouraged innovation. If that were to happen, they might conceivably commission a song like this to get game developers excited and pumped up and ready to go. Now here's the weirdness---apparently, they did commission the song, from the Fatman (George Sanger, one of the industry's best-known composers)--and then canned it when they heard it and found out what it was...Guess it wasn't the message they wanted, eh?" Update: 05/10 03:47 GMT by Z : Mirrors for the song can be found here and here.
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Viva La Resolution

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  • Surprise! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Otter ( 3800 ) on Monday May 09, 2005 @01:32PM (#12479643) Journal
    Some exciting news here for all of us:

    1) Linking an MP3 on some guy's personal site from Slashdot is unhelpful!

    2) Microsoft thinks that a theme song with some lyric about "boobs" isn't something they want their name associated with!

  • by MetalliQaZ ( 539913 ) on Monday May 09, 2005 @01:33PM (#12479646)
    The summary implies that MS had some kind of a change of heart about the song. The article seems to only say that they requested a song, he wrote one, and then they decided not to use it. I'm sure this happens all the time. Alltogether a rather strange story. If it was me, I would have known from the beginning thats not what they wanted for the keynote. I'm sure they wanted something flashy and cool.

  • by hoggoth ( 414195 ) on Monday May 09, 2005 @02:11PM (#12480024) Journal
    I wrote a song about love and freedom. I tried contacting some labels, but they all hung up on me when I starting singing into the phone. I tried giving it away to some local bands just so I could get some name recognition, but no one would take it. When I sing it in the shower my little brother dumps ice water on me.

    I know!!!

    1) Try to sell song to Microsoft
    2) Publicize their (evil) refusal
    3) Post song on my Geocities website
    4) Profit!!

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