While I would normally not post celebrity news in this blog, given his relationship to video games, it would almost seem a shame not to.

If you haven’t read it by now, pop star Michael Jackson has passed away today. I grew up with him as so many my age did, getting into Thriller, and he was an iconic part of both the ’80’s, and my childhood.

Given his artistic penchant to make cinematic quality music videos, it seemed natural for him to enter the video game arena. I spent countless hours playing Moonwalker on my Genesis, and also in the arcades. There was rumored to be a sequel made, but Jackson’s legal troubles of the time reportedly caused the game to never go past the idea stage. Regardless, Sega brought him back in both Space Channel 5 games, and Midway later had him do mocap for his cameo in Ready 2 Rumble Round 2. While it was never 100% confirmed, it was heavily rumored that he created a lot of the music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3. And of course, two of his songs were found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as the time frame of the game was setin the 1980’s.

There was even a rumor just four days ago stating that The King of Pop was looking to get back into the gaming scene. Who knows if this project can or even will continue?

Jackson himself was no gaming slouch. I remember salivating over his arcade collection in that estate auction that almost took place a few months back, and apparently that wasn’t everything he had, as he held some games back.

There’s a lot to say on this subject. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and I hope that his legacy is ultimately remembered for his music, his dancing, his singing, his music videos, and fun projects like these. He truly was a legend.

Rest in peace, Michael Jackson.

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