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Blame game in Jackson family over; gaming console on the anvil

French video game publisher Ubisoft revealed at a pre-E3 news conference that it is producing a new music and rhythm video game featuring Michael Jackson.

Joe Jackson, father of Michael Jackson, backpedals! Just a day after Joe’s remarks that Katherine, mother of the now deceased pop icon Michael, was responsible for the death of his son, went public, the Jackson family patriarch changed track.

"Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset. But I didn't give her a hug because I was mad at her crying," said the then furious father.

Streisand stated that Mrs. Jackson had always been a loving mother and had an exceptional relationship with Michael.

"If you had listened to me, Michael would be living now!' I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong. I couldn't bottle up my feelings. Katherine didn't say a word — I had to get away from her," recalled Joe.

"If she'd done what I asked, Michael would be here today. I am incensed with her. She could have made a difference," noted Joe.

No finger pointing now
Day over, harsh feelings over, no blame game now!

"Katherine didn’t kill my son. She isn’t at fault," is what the 80-year-old told father has to say about her wife.

Joe, however, did not tender an apology for his harsh words.

Meanwhile, Katherine’s attorney Adam Streisand termed Joe’s speech and behavior toward his client as outrageous.

Streisand stated that Mrs. Jackson had always been a loving mother and had an exceptional relationship with Michael.

"The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget," asserted the attorney.

Gaming tribute to Michel
Amid all the controversy raging in the bereaved family, Video game developer Ubisoft announced Monday it would release a new dancing-and-singing game featuring The King of Pop.

"Your goal is to dance like Michael. Do what the guy on the screen is doing and you're there. It'll score you based on the quality of your performance," said Tony Key, Ubisoft's marketing vice president.

Ubisoft intends to launch the yet-to-be titled game in time for holiday-shopping season this year.

The game will bank upon new motion-sensing interfaces like the Kinect system for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360, and Move, for Sony Corp.'s Playstation 3.

Players will make points for precisely mimicking an image of a dancing Mr. Jackson. The deceased stars dance movements will be taken from his iconic music videos and stage shows.

"The game isn't 'redo the video. If you already know how to moonwalk, you'll do well. If you don't, you'll learn," Key said.

Details regarding the names and number of songs to be included in the console, the price tag that it would command were not divulged.