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While musicians and recording artists draw their inspiration from virtually anything, sometimes they get inspired by merely playing Nintendo or Playstation video games. Here are 9 bands named after video games.
- The Ataris. The Emo/Punk band formed in Indiana in 1995. Obviously, they took their name from the very popular video game console Atari, released in the late 70s and early 80s.
- Crystal Castles. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Crystal Castles is named after the video game of the same name released in 1983. It was first played on the Atari, before it was ported to the original NES.
- Hadouken!. This is a reference to Ken and Ryu’s fireball attack in Street Fighter II. It’s also the name of an electronic band from Leeds, England.
- The Altered Beast. The jazz guitar duo from Arkansas is named after one of the first video games for the Sega Genesis. They also cover a lot of video game themes.
- Double Dragon. They’re a metal band from Adelaide, Australia, who named themselves after the very popular 80s video game franchise, Double Dragon.
- Final Fantasy. He’s a solo artist named Owen Pallett from Toronto, Canada. He changed his name because of a lawsuit with Square, the manufacturers and publishers of Final Fantasy.
- Powerglove. The Boston-based metal band are named after the NES accessory of the same name.
- Metroid. They’re an indie/electro/pop band that covers a lot of video game themes. They’re also named after the very successful Nintendo video game.
- Rival Schools. They are a post-hardcore from New York and they’re named after the fighting game from Capcom. Their first record was titled “United By Fate,” which is the subtitle for the video game.