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BEATLES: A Bizarre Videogame Role

 

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The Beatles figure as characters in a sick new video game, the cover of which shows four Nazi soldiers crossing Abbey Road.

In Wolfenstein: The New Order, the band, known as Die Käfer -- which is German for "The Beetles" -- is forced to sing in German for Adolf Hitler. Rather than do actual songs, no doubt because there's little chance the game designers could have acquired rights to use Beatles music -- they perform Nazi-themed parodies like "Das Blaue U-Boot."

John, Paul, George and Ringo are presented with the choice of singing in German (which the Beatles actually did, recording German-language versions of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You") or face a ban and jail.

The Beatles were barely alive when Germany bombed England in the early 1940s. The game is set in the 1960s and maps out what Britain might have been like had the Nazis won World War Two.

The game is popular in England: it was the nation's top-seller its first week in stores.

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