http://www.wrestlezone.com/editorial...stlers?start=1Former WWE superstar, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman, is leading the charge against video game maker, THQ, for low-balling him and other former wrestlers offers to be included in their upcoming "WWE 13" game.
Here's what Waltman tweeted yesterday regarding the issue: "@thq trying to low ball & deny customary royalties to Attitude Era stars who dont happen to be currently under WWE contract or Legends deal."
Apparently, the theme for "WWE 13" will have something to do with the Attitude era. If that's accurate, then X-Pac's frustration is a little more understandable. I'm not sure he would be so offended with their offer if he wasn't such an intricate part of the very gimmick THQ plans on using to sell the game.
Interesting rumor. I wonder if there's really any truth to this. I don't think THQ would really be trying to get X-pac in the game just as a stand-alone bonus character or anything like that, not like he's much of a legend or someone the current generation of WWE fans would really recognize. He was a somewhat minor character during the Attitude Era and if they care enough to be trying to get him into the game, then it seems like they really might be doing something involving the Attitude Era.
On the other hand, kind of hard to imagine why WWE would allow this to be incorporated into their game while we're still in this PG era on TV. Just going to get a bunch of kids wondering who these playable characters are and going on YouTube to find a bunch of raunchy programming from 10 years ago. Although the WWE videogames have always seemed to get a little bit of extra slack, they're still allowed to have blood and stiff weapon shots that aren't allowed on live programming anymore.
Pretend for a second that this is real, that the Attitude Era will have some involvement in WWE 13. Does that increase your interest level, or do you think this is one of the most uninspired ways that THQ figured they could stir up some excitement for yet another yearly release of the same old tired game engine?
I'm kind of divided with how I feel about it. I think it would be great to have some Attitude characters. But the cynical part of me can easily see THQ sitting down at a board meeting and thinking "how can we fool people into buying this same old game for yet another year. I know! Offer some Attitude era guys $100 to be in the game and it'll fly off the shelves!" And it's probably true, I think it would be great for sales. WWE hasn't created any new gimmick matches so THQ can't really advertise a new match type, they aren't willing to really re-work the game engine, so they had to reach for something to make WWE 13 interesting.
Stretching this already questionable rumor even further, I wonder if anything Attitude-like will be incorporated into any WWE programming when we get later into the year October/November and it's almost game release time. Gotta advertise for the game somehow. Considering this year's WM already has The Rock coming back, and HHH and Undertaker talking about the end of their era, I wonder how the rest of the year will play out that will lead up to releasing a game involving Attitude stars.