When Rock Stars Make Video Games: Aerosmith in “Revolution X”

Released in the year 1994, Revolution X peers into the dark, dystopian, fascistic future (as they invariably are), all the way to…1996. Things did not go well in those past two years, as the New Order Nation, a constorium of crooked corporate goons and military personnel have taken over the world. Their first act of business: destroy youth culture, which involves killing a lot of teenagers, and also banning TV, music, and, ironically, video games (presumably this one, because it was released in 1994, after all).

Anyway, despite this very public ban from the very public and very fascistic NON, Aerosmith goes ahead and plays a gig at Club X in Los Angeles, but then they get kidnapped by NON operatives. This doesn’t make sense for two reasons: 1) Aerosmith, while not as popular as they once were, aren’t quite at the small club show level, and 2) I get that the NON is against music and everything, but Aerosmith isn’t quite youth culture. That’s music for dads who have $100 to spend on Aerosmith concert tickets, and the members of Aerosmith itself are, on average, eleven-hundrety years old, well past the NON’s loathed demographic.

As the game is a first-person shooter, like Wolfenstein 3-D, you then, the player are so indignant about Aerosmith getting kidnapped that you have to go kill a bunch of NON guys to get Aerosmith back. You were apparently packing major heat and ammo for the concert, too, either because you expected things to happen, what with the ban on youth culture, or simply because you were going to see a concert in downtown Los Angeles. Along the way, you get to see a lot of pixilated CD-Rom level pictures of Aerosmith and hear “Sweet Emotion” a whole lot.

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Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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