Pop icon Sir Paul McCartney is useless at video games - even when playing as himself in a Beatles simulator.

The legendary musician admits he is hopeless whenever his children challenge him to a go on the games console, and he couldn't even improve his reputation by playing bass on Xbox favourite The Beatles: Rock Band.

The game involves players imitating a member of the Fab Four and playing the music for their songs, but MCCartney even failed at that.

He tells NME magazine, "I played that with my kids and they creamed me. I even played the bass thinking I'd have an edge, but it's all these little bombs coming at you and it's not like playing the bass for real. I just said, 'It doesn't matter if I win or lose - I wrote it.'"