Well, you very nearly were, if you’re one of the millions of gamers who picked up Rock Band — or maybe not. “Metal Lords” was one of the game’s rejected titles, along with “I Want To Be A Rockstar!” and “Big Band Blowout”. It’s hard to believe that consideration went to anything other than Rock Band, as that name simply says it all, no questions asked. But as a former game designer myself, I understand the pressure that goes with coming up with the perfect title.
According to Harmonix‘s Lead Designer, Dan Teasdale, the critical question to answer was “Does it feel like an authentic band experience?” Ideally, your product’s name should do more than just represent what the title is; it should convey a sense of fun, at the very least. Another title, “Power Chords”, we can presume was rejected for being too … well … rock-y. After all, it’s not just the harder aspects of rock music (if that can even be defined anymore) that the game offers.
One wonders what other unspeakable titles were rejected before the obvious choice was selected. “Rock ‘Til You Drop”? “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party”? “AmeRockin’ Idol”? I could do this all day. In fact, I already do. Don’t make me prove it.