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Favorite Video Game songs/music

Well I searched but could not find a BEST Video Games music thread but I wanted to post a excellent song from a long time ago (1990's), that I recently rediscovered, and enjoyed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYW7-hNXZlM

Maybe cheesy but that is kinda why I like it, but I think it also has some cool guitar licks and nice synth parts which I dig... Production level is very high quality, it sounds like it come out of a big studio sound somewhere in Japan...

So in the end it is good because it get me interested in a new remix... so I started another project...

Cheers, would love to check out your inspiring Video Game music.
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Pinball Fantasies - Stones and Bones. The new high score music was great
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Pinball Fantasies - Stones and Bones. The new high score music was great
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Having real trouble finding the music. It might be on Youtube but i can't find the exact piece. I'm looking around the net for it now...............
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An inimitable classic Every time I hear it or fire up the Mega Drive, it's my 8th birthday all over again.
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An inimitable classic Every time I hear it or fire up the Mega Drive, it's my 8th birthday all over again.
LOL!

Anyways my point is that some video game music is far and above better than *most* video game 'filler'. Most could hardly be considered music at all! But I know there is some real killer tunes out there, many have been copied or stolen in some 'pop' productions already. I guess it's mostly attributed I think to the unique way of creating music in that (those) days mediums, trackers or digital program only I guess...

There is lots that I can think of from my childhood, and some are new modern day actual artists or bands doing the producing.

It seems like a kind neat 'niche' when some popular artists are taken on to produce 'soundtracks' for movies or videogames, one where a artist can really express himself through those mediums. Videogames, I think has a need to excel at things like
  • attachment/cool factor
  • emotional impact
  • memorable or not
  • tonal importance

Videogame music is unique from other forms of music because it has to sell to a consumer much more than just music. It has to be more memorable and more impactful, even if in a simplistic manner. It has to create a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy gameplay, for hopefully long periods of time.
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One of my favourite games was Plok on the SNES, it has some amazing music.

I think this song has subconciously influenced me on quite a few pieces of music.

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Relatively new. Still great.
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Any favourites from games released the last 5 years?
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the witcher - some pleasant orchestration, really strong presence of being 'in the game'.


some Warhammer Online soundtrack which features some excellent tribal drums and orchestration




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Also an annoyingly addictive game. (get your rage face on)

Most of the soundtrack is great
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Also forgot Final Fantasy for NES, the opening arppeggios and progression of the title screen is just BEAUTIFUL, as is the rest of the music for the game....as is the opening and the first stage of Double Dragon for NES
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Oh gawd too many to name. The Castlevania series has some great music, especially Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. NES Zelda only had a few songs but they were great. The entire Super Mario series has lots of gems as well. Final Fantasy VII has some fantastic arangements too. The original Playstation Metal Gear Solid is another awesome one. Don't even get me started on the Street Fighter series. Contra, Halo, Call of Duty... seriously I could go on forever. Love video game music.

Have any of you checked out this?

Amazon.com: The Greatest Video Game Music: Music

Beautiful arrangements. While searching for that link I realized they released a second one too.
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The whole Gothic 1 and possibly Gothic 2 soundtrack kicks so much ass, posting one bit of it wouldn't do the whole thing justice.
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I really enjoy the soundtrack in Borderlands 2.
Here's a mixture of mesmerizing synths, pounding rhythms, weird sizzling sound effects, overdriven guitar and other string instruments. Truly amazing!
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My favs:
Chriss vernna - american mcgees alice
Mark morgan - fallout 1/2
Austine wintory - journey (masterpiece!!!)
Martin stig andersen - limbo
NIN - quake

Homeworld 1/2/cataclysm
Neverhood
Silent hill 2 and 4
F.E.A.R 1/2
Super mario galaxy
Demon souls
Okami
MGS4
Half life 2
Portal (the 1st game)

Man...i'm way to old to know these games !
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I love almost anything Mitsuda did during this period. One of my favorite composers!



From one of my favorite games on the PS1.
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My absolute favorite since I'm about 12 is Shockwave Rider from Rob Hubbard.

The most recent thing I have a lot of respect for would be everything in Waverace on the N64. I love how they weave the theme through so many different keys and styles. Great. I was impressed the day I bought it. Later on when the gamecube came out with Waverace: Blue Storm, I was hopeful but no, Nintendo farmed it out to some no-talent hacks and the whole soundtrack was just a mess. Everything completely unrelated with nothing to tie it all together. It sounded like two kids jamming on electric guitars. I returned it and wrote a complaint letter to Nintendo but I'm sure they hit 'delete' and forgot about me! I guess Nintendo found some kids willing to do a soundtrack, "for exposure", and it shows.

Nothing has really stood out to me in the past 6 or 7 years. Most game music these days sounds to me like a noob who just got their first orchestra sample library and went nuts with it. I can't wait for the "epic orchestra" thing to blow over...

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Hmm Rob Hubbard at one point was on every game, he had some really good stuff!

Lately, I was quite impressed by the music in Journey, a ps3 title. What an experience that was.
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I think one of the most effective soundtracks to a video game is for To The Moon. It isn't much on its own, but the synergy between the elements is unbelievable, and the leitmotif is magnificent.

Final Fantasy X is also one of the more heartbreaking things I've done artistically.
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I think one of the most effective soundtracks to a video game is for To The Moon. It isn't much on its own, but the synergy between the elements is unbelievable, and the leitmotif is magnificent.

Final Fantasy X is also one of the more heartbreaking things I've done artistically.
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So many great ones to pick from, but the Mass Effect music is some of my recent favorite stuff - wouldn't be right for everything, but I feel as though it really nails the aesthetic for the games.
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Jesper Kyd's work on the Assassin's Creed games gets my vote!
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I'm not sure if anyone else likes this soundtrack, but I still love this game. Its in my top 3 of all time and I've played a lot of games.



And Mario RPG had great tunes... this boss battle music has great percussion, love it!



Some of the best game soundtracks I've heard are SNES games. Its amazing since they were so limited
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