Getting ready to start a long, boring work day? How about some music to pass the time, and what better to listen to than hyperunknown‘s Zelda and Chrono Trigger Piano Selections! So, pop in those headphones, crank it up to 11, and relax. Enjoy!
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Go ahead, go to Youtube and type in your favorite song and favorite video game. Chances are you will find a whole list of AMV’s (amateur made videos) or FMV’s (Fan Made Videos). Some of them can be pretty Epic, but others can be awful. I have seen Sora dance to Thriller, and the Organization XIII get down to the Party Rock Anthem. It seems that no Anime, Video game, or song is safe. Angel Beat’s has walked along teh Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and Final Fantasy has become a Mad World, but Hallelujah
Below are some examples that I found on Youtube. Do you have any favorites? Feel free to share them in the comments below, you can also showcase any that you have made.
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The music in a videogame defines the whole experience a player has. Whether you are underwater, flying through space, or terrorizing a city, the music can be what you remember the most from a game. A good soundtrack can make a game and a bad one can ruin it.
Looking through the past, games such as Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time build the whole experience from the music. It set the stage for every other Legend of Zelda game since then, that is when you know a game has done something right.
The tunes in Ocarina of Time are catchy and memorable. I guess a lot of that was because the player needed to remember them, but the whole structure of the game is based around a few well-written melodies, as well as classic tunes already known to the series and mixed them in a way that it was fresh and fit the game so well.
The music is used to add to the experience as well. For an example of this, look no further than the Grand Theft Auto series. To truly feel like the player is in a living-breathing city, they have control over the radio in the car as they cruise through the city. Some of my best memories of the series are epic police chases in GTA: Vice City while having “I Ran” by Flock of Seagulls playing in the background. It is moments like this where a game becomes more than a game and becomes a memory.
The sense of surrounding has so much to do with the music too. When playing Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo, the sense of truly being underwater was created with the soundtrack for those levels. The music was haunting and mysterious, like you are actually swimming in the ocean. When playing ice levels the music was lonely and cold. When playing in the caves the music reflects the whole level with the echo in the tunes and the sound of water dropping. Rare did everything right with that game; with no exception this is one of those things.
It is interesting to go back and see how music can bring back such fond memories of gaming’s past. I only need to hear the first two notes of the Green Hill Zone to take me back to my Genesis days and remember the blue Hedgehog who took the world by storm. Even a few notes from the Mario theme are easily recognizable and bring people back to Mushroom Kingdom.
Music has a way of doing this to people,it can trigger a memory, a person, or a place . It is no different for videogames. A lot of memories of the games all stem to the musical scores.
Most people know Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s bread and butter, but unless you really follow gaming you may not know who Koji Kondo is. Koji was the composer for the Super Mario Brothers, as well as legend of Zelda. The most memorable parts of those games are the soundtracks, yet he is relatively forgotten. It seems strange that for a long time composers in videogames got very little recognition.
Only now are videogame soundtracks getting true recognition. With things like Videogames Live, or even Nintendo adding in a 25th anniversary album with all the great tracks from the Zelda series that everyone remembers, re-mastered by a live orchestra.
So lets raise a glass to the hard working people that largely go unnoticed by the average gamer, take the time to appreciate the work that goes into the whole process of creating a game, whether it is an 8 bit simple track or an HD generation musical score created by an entire orchestra. There is a lot of dedication that goes into any music, making a song fit a scene or level is a talent. Those who put their time and effort into creating music for a video game really are unsung heroes.