Michael Jackson, The Online Game

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Planet Michael is a massively multiplayer online game devoted to the music and life of the late Michael Jackson. No, this is not a joke.

"We put a focus on something that will truly allow fans to immerse themselves in a Michael Jackson-like universe or music-video-like world and interact with each other and then go on adventures and do gameplay stuff and socialize," Josh Gordon of developer SEE Virtual Worlds tells USA Today.

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The game will feature areas based on songs like Beat It and Smooth Criminal. Players won't use violence on quests, but dancing.

Planet Michael is a free-download that claims to be "The Ultimate Michael Jackson Online Game." (Isn't it the only Michael Jackson online game?) Planet Michael is aimed at players 13 years-old and up. That is not a joke, either.

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"There is no doubt we will be open to people joking about it and criticizing it," Gordon adds. "We'll just have to roll with that as it comes, so to speak." Gordon believes that the developer would be criticized no matter what they did.

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No, they'll just be criticized for making a Michael Jackson MMO.

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'Planet Michael' will let players builds virtual Jackson worlds [USA Today]

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Well there's enough creativity in classic Micheal music videos and stuff to create a decent world out of it... I just don't think the idea of selling it as an MMO game is going to work. They might have more success if they billed it more as a general experience, or a fantasy world to visit, rather than as game. If they need to get their expectations straight. It could kind of be set up like a museum of sorts, where people can experience...erm... different Micheal related..err.. things. Then those who are really interested can pay premiums for certain content, just like you might pay an additional fee at LAX to go see those Pompeii artifacts. (Are those even still there?)

Just... with what it is, I don't see the crowd of loyal regulars being that huge. There will be some as there are, believe it or not, still loyal Jackson fans out there, however if they plan and allow for people to easily show up and leave as guests it might be better for their long term prospects.