MTV Games

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


MTV Interactive was originally used as an announcer card for games based on MTV-owned licensees. In 2007, MTV relaunched its gaming division as "MTV Games" and published the early Rock Band games and Dance Central, which were developed by Harmonix Music Systems. In 2011, the company closed.

1st Logo (1998)

Visuals: Over a white background there's the standard MTV logo from the era, with the word "INTERACTIVE" below.

Technique: A still, sprite-based graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Only seen on Beavis and Butt-Head for Game Boy.

2nd Logo (1998-2002)

Visuals: On a black background with a silver sparkle, there is a metal, CGI version of the MTV logo with "MUSIC TELEVISION" below it. Suddenly, a hand holds the MTV logo, causing the background to turn black and the words "MUSIC TELEVISION" disappear, and then the background turns into a blue light with a red light in it, and the word "INTERACTIVE" in black (outlined in yellowish orange) appears below.

Variant: On Game Boy Color games, the logo is still and bit-crunched.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The sound effects including a metal stomp and lab effects.

Availability: Can be seen on some MTV-licensed video games like Beavis and Butt-head Do U and MTV Sports: Pure Ride for PlayStation.

3rd Logo (Late 2000)

Visuals: On a black background, there is a periwinkle MTV logo, with "TV" in gold, inside a green circle with a gold outline.

Technique: Simple computer effects.

Audio: A brief rock tune and a cheering crowd, and Daria's sister Quinn (voiced by Wendy Hoopes) saying "It isn't just for geeks!"

Availability: Seen only on Daria's Inferno.

4th Logo (November 21, 2006-November 4, 2010)

Visuals: On a black background, many green circles come into the screen, surrounding the pre-2010 MTV logo, then "GAMES" is written below. The circles unravel and zoom out.


  • On Rock Band for PS2 and the original Dance Central, the logo is still and silent.
    • On the latter game, the 2010 MTV logo is used.
  • Another variant had a white version of the logo. Again, it is still and silent.

Technique: 2D digital animation.

Audio: A quiet voice saying "MTV Games."

Audio Variant: Sometimes, there is a short beating soundtrack and the name is said with a loud shout.

Availability: Seen on the Rock Band series. The sound variant appeared on Pimp My Ride, including the Nintendo DS port. The still white logo appeared on Jackass: The Game.

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