Something about the game that's pricking at me, though, is the fact that one of the songs is the Dead Kennedys' "Holiday In Cambodia." It strikes me that using that song in the game is pretty much the apotheosis of some corporate suit type saying "I don't care what the lyrics mean -- it sounds 'hip' and 'edgy' and something the 'kids' will 'really dig'!" It just smells to me like appropriation all over again. And no, maybe it's not as bad as some rich urban yuppie buying a tribal shaman mask to put over his fireplace just because it looks really interesting, but it seems like it's in the same neighborhood. And because I've got this game, I'm complicit in the cycle in some small way.
(I was originally going to end that sentence with "And there's just that much more tarnish to my soul," but think about it -- doesn't that imply that the commodification of the world is a spiritual issue? that "keeping it real" is a sign of grace, while "selling out" is the wide but sinful path? And if that's the case, isn't that more than a little disturbing? I mean, this is just pop culture, for fuck's sake...)
And on the other hand, questions of who "sells out" versus who "keeps it real" just strike me as a luxury that I can ill-afford. Punk is dead, they say-- but did punk ever live in the first place? And how can I be taking the time to worry about whether some old band is "authentic" any more when I've got Uncle Sam and the insurance company and a couple of banks sticking their hands out every month for their own little cut? I do what I have to do to get by; I should be thankful that I'm in the time and place that "getting by" doesn't involve burning witches or selling out my neighbors to the government. And I may not like the consumer-driven world I live in, but I'm also not exactly working diligently to find alternatives to it.
But it all still sticks in my craw though.