Pete WentzFall Out Boy may be on hiatus, but you wouldn't know it. The pop-punk group has two songs on Activision's new video game 'Band Hero' and a greatest hits set, 'Believers Never Die,' out Nov. 17. FOB co-founder Pete Wentz is a longtime gamer and he shares with PopEater his earliest gaming recollections as well as his look ahead into the band's somewhat cloudy future. Plus, he discusses playing Wii Tennis while toasted, the art to sliding across a slippery floor and debates who is more mature: your average band or a one-year-old.

How did your involvement in 'Band Hero' come about?

People call us and ask us for certain songs for certain things and usually, depending upon your relationship with your publisher, you say yes or no. We said yes. It's a great new avenue to get your songs out there, starting with 'Tony Hawk' and then it went to 'Madden' and developed into 'Guitar Hero.' It doesn't make a lot of sense to fight it to me; it makes sense to me to do it and do it on your own terms, you know.

What's doing it on your own terms mean?

You don't have your label or your management saying 'You have to do this like this or your song should sound a little bit more like this because then it will fit in on that thing,' whatever. As a band, we've never really conformed to the mainstream, but at the same time I don't think there's anything dirty about the word "pop." It's not a dirty word to me.

What video game did you first fall in love with growing up?

My first was probably 'Super Mario Bros,' and then I quickly moved on through all the Nintendo games from 'Top Gun' to 'The Goonies II' to 'Contra' and moved into Super Nintendo. I was into Sega Genesis and 'Sonic the Hedgehog' and then I left. I kind of got into girls for a little bit ... Then we did the Nintendo Fusion tour and Nintendo sent us these Wiis and we didn't know anything about what they were, but I just fell in love with it. I threw my back out playing tennis.