Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Walk of Shame?

Nintendo is spending some money -- and drumming up plenty of publicity -- in its fight to convince the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to include video game icons (like Mario, above) to be included on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The vidgame company has set up an online petition to convince the organization to consider a new Interactive Entertainment category:

Interactive entertainment is an important part of the entertainment industry. Each year, video games usually make as much money – or even more – than the movie box offices! Let’s get a category created on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame to recognize the video game stars who have become part of our daily lives!

Pointing out that the move is the brainchild of the Nintendo PR machine, this site thinks it's a terrible idea:

One thing that works against the petition’s aim is that Hollywood is very reticent to honor fictional characters. They’ve given out over 2100 stars on the Walk of Fame. Ten of them are fictional characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Bugs Bunny, Godzilla, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, The Simpsons, and The Rugrats (don’t ask me about that last one – I don’t have a clue either).

Those are pretty heavy names (except for the last one) with a huge reputation. Mario might squeak in there, but I don’t know if any other video game character (not even Link and Zelda, considering Daffy Duck doesn’t have a star) could make the criteria. For live roles, it’s even stricter – the only live role on the list is The Lone Ranger, and even that name is shared with the actor who portrayed him, Clayton Moore.

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