2010 – Michael Jackson: The Experience
Behind The Music: Ever wanted to dance like Michael Jackson? Well, Michael Jackson: The Experience offered the chance to do so… or, at least, pretend that you could before failing miserably. How you did that, of course, depended on the format you played it on – Wii players used the Wii Remote, a la Just Dance, to match on-screen movement, while those using the PlayStation Move or Kinect could have their whole bodies tracked to prove just how unlike Jacko their movements were.
Why It Rocks: As posthumous releases go, Ubisoft’s hybrid karaoke and dancing simulator was as cynical as it was accomplished, racking up over three million sales worldwide simply because that’s what happens when someone famous that people love passes on. Still, you can’t knock those figures: That’s a lot of balding middle-aged managers trying to recapture their youth and master moonwalking.
Did You Know… Early versions of the game shipped with a faux-diamond studded glove just like the one Jackson famously wore on stage at Motown’s 25th anniversary event in 1983. Tasteful.