I’d like to take a minute to talk about a genre of music that gets little coverage. A genre who’s composers and writers work tirelessly to produce some of the most beautiful and exciting compositions of our generation. I’m talking about Video Game Soundtracks.
Video Games, much like the computers and cell phones we use on the daily, have improved so drastically since I was a kid that it’s truly an amazing achievement. Now, some would still argue that video games are pointless and are a waste of time, but that’s a debate best left for a designated blog about the subject, wouldn’t you say? But, if I may interject, the thing that always gets my attention is the music in the game I’m playing.
Now, I’m not just talking about a game’s soundtrack that’s a compilation of band’s songs. Albeit games like Borderlands, the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, and even Jack Black’s metal video game cult classic Brutal Legend boast impressive tracks. But what about the games whose soundtracks are completely original? Compositions created solely for the title? There in lies true works of modern musical art.
I’ve been more moved by some game soundtracks than their cinematic counterparts. Not to discredit composers like Zimmer, Badelt, or the master composer John Williams (of which he & I share the same birthday, no big deal). I’ve felt that the video game soundtrack lends itself more atmosphere and intensifies your gaming experience, especially considering how immersed you already are while playing.
Some notable pieces like “Icarus” from the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution, have really stuck with me. Games like Fallout 3 and the Bioshock series have captured the innocent 40’s and 50’s era sound and successfully integrated them into dystopian settings.
Of course, the composers that come up with these pieces don’t go completely unnoticed. They always have their categories at Video Game Award ceremonies, but I wish they could get more recognition beyond that. Anyways, that’s my two cents on the subject.
What are some of your favorite video game soundtracks? Let me know in the comments below!
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