American singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels has complained that Activision and RedOctane have 'violated the very essence' of his song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", which features in Guitar Hero 3
Daniels wrote the song but later lost rights to it and had nothing to do with the inclusion of the song in the game, where it is played as a boss-battle in the career mode of Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock
, but has complained about the use of the song in a post on his website
"The song is supposed to be a lighthearted novelty about a fiddling contest between a country boy and the devil and the devil always loses,
" writes Daniels, who is annoyed that many players cannot complete that level of the game.
"I want any of you parents out there whose children have this game to know that I did not grant these people my permission to pervert my song and am disgusted with the result.
"I would never grant permission for some company to create a video game version of a song I wrote in which the devil wins a contest and I'm sorely disappointed with the company who owns the copyright for not policing the situation...This game looks innocent enough but if you have a child who is playing it, take the time to sit with him or her while they're playing along and take a serious look at the images on the screen.
Hm - steady on, eh Daniels? We're all for protecting the children too, but Guitar Hero
isn't going to permanently scar children and, as long as it gives people another way to enjoy new music then we're all for it - even if we do prefer Audiosurf
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