Pixel PopWhat do Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and Britney Spears have in common? They’ve all released their own mobile games this year. But they are far from the first pop icons to venture into the video-game market …
Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (1989)
To promote his bizarre Moonwalker movie, MJ launched this considerably superior video game. Backed by tinny versions of hits like “Beat It,” he fights through a series of levels to save kids from Joe Pesci’s evil mobster, Mr. Big.
Journey Escape (1982)
Opening this Atari 2600 game with an 8-bit rendition of their hit “Don’t Stop Believin’,” ’80s group Journey were the first band to star in a video game. The aim is to navigate the band members past paparazzi, groupies and promoters to their spaceship.
Wu Tang: Shaolin Style (1999)
Taking the Wu myth nine rappers obsessed with kung-fu films a Mortal Kombat-style game based on the clan makes perfect sense. Sadly, it was a critical failure, but it’s remembered for the controller shaped like the band’s W logo.