Crapshoot: Yes, there was a videogame about Queen, the band

Crapshoot: Yes, there was a videogame about Queen, the band

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, what better subject than the game Her Majesty thinks of as “Me: The We”.

You need special patriotism shots to so much as step into a shop in the UK at the moment. “Come on, Team GB!” scream the chocolate bars. “She waves so well, it’s like she’s been doing it for decades or something,” sigh the newspapers. “Twelve packs of Nurofen?” asks the sales clerk. “Oh Christ, yes,” I reply.

Of course, it’s not going to stop me making a tenuous connection to one of the strangest musical licenses this side of the Rocky Horror Picture Show game. I never could resist temptation.

As a band, Queen needs no introduction, or so I hope, because I know pretty much exactly nothing about music. As far as I can piece together, Queen started sometime in the 16th century, with its first mainstream hit “Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4” firmly establishing it as one of the focal grunge-house ska bands of its era. After some controversy that led to a name change of “Lady Protector” to avoid the wrath of Oliver Cromwell, it then returned to glory by providing key parts of the soundtrack to one of the 90s most popular fantasy films—Highlander 2: The Quickening—and the bit where Wayne and Garth give themselves really painful headaches mid-way through their cinematic debut, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. 

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