Kurt Cobain in GH5
But the use of all these dead rockers makes me a little uneasy. Having Nirvana, Hendrix and Johnny Cash songs are fine; they were great musicians and had some awesome songs. Also, record company distribution deals take some of that choice out of their hands.
But likenesses? How could we know if they really approve of the game experience enough to want to be featured? It's like asking "What Would Jesus Do?" Sure, you have their experiences and words to go off of, but at the end of the day, it's still your interpretation, not theirs.
It's for this reason I approve of the Aerosmith, Beatles and Metallica games (release frequency notwithstanding). They have some degree of control over the matter, since it's no longer "Here's a song by Metallica your pre-fab rocker can play", it's "PLAY AS METALLICA!!!", and they want to make sure that they are done justice. With RB: The Beatles, it sorta matters that John Lernnon and George Harrison are dead, but ultimately that decision was up to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, so the artist has some approval.
I'm too young to know about Nirvana while they were active, and Kurt while he qwas still alive, but from what I've heard, he wouldn't have wanted this. There is the argument that if he didn't want something like this to be a possiblility, then he shouldn't have signed to a major record label or toured or sold albums.
But I think we should leave the dead buried, wouldn't you agree?