A laun­dry list of fa­mous acts fea­ture in DJ Hero, but only one was truly im­mor­talised. Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein, once a mem­ber of pop-rock out­fit Crazy Town and a res­i­dent DJ at Cae­sars Palace, died of a drug over­dose in Au­gust 2009, just two months be­fore DJ Hero’s launch. Tim Ri­ley, the Ac­tivi­sion exec most closely in­volved with sourc­ing mu­sic and tal­ent for the game, paid tribute, say­ing he hoped it would “be a fit­ting tribute to his cre­ative spirit”. Freestyle, mean­while, caused headaches for man­u­fac­tur­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion chan­nels by work­ing a tribute to Goldstein into a game whose build can­di­date had al­ready been sub­mit­ted.

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