Despite lukewarm critical reception of the actual games, the music from Atari’s Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure and Driver: Parallel Lines are getting recognition at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, airing around the world on August 31st.
Getting Up‘s soundtrack sports tunes produced by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, System of a Down, Pack FM, Pharoahe Monch, and features the Getting Up Anthem: Part 1, performed by Talib Kweli, the voice of the game’s lead character, Trane, and Hip-Hop artist Rakim. In-game music came courtesy of RJD2 and Wu-Tang legend the RZA.
The 70+ licensed tracks in Driver: Parallel Lines come from popular artists of the 1970s (David Bowie, Blondie, Iggy Pop, WAR, The Temptations, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Parliament, and Average White Band) and today (Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold, and the Audio Bullys, The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Kaiser Chiefs, Secret Machines, and The Dead 60′s).
For sheer diversity, quantity, and timeliness of these tracks, these titles may go home with a permanent accolade of the work that went into securing this content for the game. Too bad the games themselves weren’t received quite as well as their music.