No Doubt and Gwen have been included on Elle magaazine’s list of the best 10 celebrity based video games for their avatar appearance in Band Hero. As amazing as it is, many fans are aware of the lawsuit the band filed against ActiVision for breach of contract, meaning the game used their avatars more frequently then the band was made aware of before it was released. No Doubt are scheduled back in court for a hearing in Los Angeles (along with Maroon 5) this June.
ELLE — No Doubtâ€™s appearance in Band Hero
Activisionâ€™s group version of Guitar Heroâ€”was not without controversy. One day after the game was released in 2009, Gwen Stefani and the band sued the company, claiming they were not told their avatars could be used to perform other peopleâ€™s songsâ€”say, Stefani singing a number by Taylor Swift or Lily Allen, who are also featured in the game. The suit, which is still pending, is similar to the one Courtney Love threatened after the release of Guitar Hero 5 because she didnâ€™t want Kurt Cobain to perform non-Nirvana music, such as a Spice Girls song.
And just for fun, check out the incredible mini documentary making of Band Hero that No Doubt participated in.