Michael Jackson, Search & Video Games

Michael Jackson creeped me out. My view of him hasn’t changed as a result of his death, or hearing “Beat It” blasting out of every speaker I have been near since Thursday evening.

So, I won’t be adding to the “Goodbye MJ” noise that is reverberating around… everywhere.

That being said, I will draw your attention to two different pieces of information about the late Mr. Jackson.

1

His death triggered the most online search activity in history. The volume was so great that Google mistook it for an attack and shut down searches on “Michael Jackson.”

Pardon me while I stand up on my soapbox.

Why the hell does that break the record!? With all of the bad things that have happened over the last few years, why does it take the death of a psychologically twisted, aging pop star to instill curiosity in the masses?

End of rant.

2

Michael Jackson loved video games and had a strong presence in the industry during the 1990’s.

1UP detailed his extensive gaming history.

My personal favorite is the extremely odd, and in retrospect very creepy, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (1990) for arcade, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Game Gear.

In it, you (Michael Jackson) dance through a number of stages saving little children from lawyer-like men in suits. The attacks include a kick that shoots fairy dust, dance moves and fedora throws. It’s just plain weird. Have a look for yourself:

2 thoughts on “Michael Jackson, Search & Video Games

  1. Well, before he was a psychologically twisted, aging pop star he was IT. Ask anyone who was around and in front of a TV in 1983, like I was. There used to be a thing called “Friday Night Videos” came on at 11:30 p.m., on, well, Friday night. Music videos were the rage, and while MTV was taking off, not everyone had it. FNV was on CBS or something. 30 minutes, three videos or so. And we just HAD to see the next MJ video. Given what happened in the last 10 years or so, it’s easy to forget what a worldwide phenomenon he was. This was before the bleached skin and the nose jobs, before he caught his hair on fire in the Pepsi thing. He was, in fact, cool at one point. The Thriller album rewrote the record books. And then he’d do something like this on live TV (I was 13 – I remember watching this and being amazed) and it just took off from there. I also think on a worldwide basis, he was more well-known – first for his music and then for this antics, than Frank Sinatra. That’s pretty big.

    It’s a shame what he became because what he was was pretty special.

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