To my great surprise there was a plain brown envelope from Playboy Enterprises International in the GamePolitics post office box yesterday. Inside was the November issue.
After about three hours of perusing the magazine (in the interests of giving GP readers a complete and accurate report), I figured out the reason why Playboy sent the mag my way.
It seems that Miss November, Grace Kim, is a former publicist for Guitar Hero publisher Activision. The brief bio which accompanies her centerfold pictorial discusses her connection to the game:
I play a mean game of Guitar Hero and I’m willing to challenge anybody. I must warn you I’m a very sore loser – at any game…
Grace says her ideal date is a round of Guitar Hero or Rock Band with perks.
Kotaku has a lengthy interview with Grace:
I had heard of an opening to work directly with the head director of Guitar Hero, so I applied, and I didn’t think I’d get the job because there were so many applicants… but I also had a lot of PR experience. I was really blessed that they brought me on board. I think they appreciated my passion…
"Activision was getting annoyed [over the time demands of the Playboy picture shoots], and I wanted to keep my job [at first]… But my boss wasn’t happy and I wasn’t happy, and being a Playmate is a job. I really wanted to explore that area, and see where this path would take me. And, working so much for Activision kind of killed my love a little for Guitar Hero.