The Beatles: Rock Band -- A New Revolution in Gaming
RL: I, unfortunately, never got to meet Paul, but Josh Randall spent time with him on multiple occasions. And Josh says that he was incredibly fun to be around and he was really into the animation, just as you said. He really liked pretty much everything we did and would make comments. We would show him a song and he would pick up on the animation or on the editing and would be like, "Oh, on this particular part, I was playing that part, John was playing this other instrument or Ringo wasn't there that day." So we were able to switch instruments and have it be correct, and we built the whole game that way, allowing guys in the band to switch instruments, which we have never done in a game before. It's another facet of the game that shows The Beatles putting such cross-instrumental effort into all of their albums.
BD: Have they played the game?
RL: Oh, yeah. Josh played with Ringo and Paul and this was three-quarters of the way through the game and they were having a lot of fun and poking fun at Josh a little bit for messing up Ringo's drum part, which was pretty intimidating to have The Beatles sitting there watching you fake play their songs. But after a really positive critique, Paul left the room singing, "It's getting better all the time."
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.