MUSICIANS AND VIDEO GAMES
Here is a look at some of the artists writing music for video games:
• BLACK EYED PEAS: The Los Angeles hip-pop group remixed some of their hits for The Urbz: Sims in the City, a life simulation game where characters work at sushi bars and get tattoos to build reputations.
• SNOOP DOGG: The rap star put his twist on The Doors' Riders on the Storm in an exclusive song for the racing game Need for Speed Underground 2 and appears as a playable character in the cop story True Crime: Streets of LA.
• MARK SNOW: Famed for his The X Files TV theme, the composer wrote music for the Sony Playstation 2 anti-terrorist espionage and stealth game Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain.
• DANNY ELFMAN: The Grammy-winning film composer, whose work can be heard in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, wrote the theme for Microsoft Xbox's Fable, an action role-playing game in which player choices determine whether the main character turns good or evil.
• PAUL OAKENFOLD: The dance DJ and remixer contributed tunes to the James Bond game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. His Beautiful Goal theme for Electronic Arts' FIFA 2005 was licensed to Major League Soccer for use in TV ads.
• GODSMACK: Frontman Sully Erna was ''fanatical'' about writing a song for Madden NFL '06, according to Electronic Arts top music executive Steve Schnur. The group's Bring It On is among the hard rock songs on the game, which also features Hot Hot Heat, The All-American Rejects, Foo Fighters and Disturbed.
-- ASSOCIATED PRESS