For boys who like boys who like joysticks!

Archives:

« Video: Yoostar: On MTV | Main | Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector's Edition Packs Some Gorgeous Art »

"The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness

music.jpg

As a matter of confession, I'm not tremendously hot on classical music. Don't get me wrong, many a night of my youth were spent playing Command and Conquer, with Wagner blaring out of my computer speakers while I cried "I shall lay waste to your petty 'armies;' your men shall be slaughtered like so many ants, and all shall burn in the fire of my wrath" like some teenage Nero. While I appreciate the elements - some of my favorite artists, such as JG Thirwell's "Foetus" project have borrowed heavily from classical - and composers have a talent seldom matched in other genres, it simply isn't my cup of tea. However, I do enjoy video game music with unmatched fervor, and when orchestrated, these sumptuous, sonic morsels become a veritable feast for the ears. Eminence Symphony Orchestra has done this quite well, and CDs such as Distant Worlds (which I have locked in a safe, so as to protect it from thieves/wolves) have helped listeners to appreciate video game music not as simply background jingles, but proper, and often times elaborate compositions.

In the spirit of this, a recently released album,"The Greatest Video Game Music" as performed by the London Philharmonic, was recently brought to my attention. It contains some of the classics we've all heard orchestrated ad infinitum: Zelda and Final Fantasy (both the main theme and Liberti Fatali, which as a side note is always epic) and Tetris all make appearances, but it wouldn't be worth mentioning if the album amounted to "The London Philharmonic Plays All the Songs You'd Rather Not Hear for the Umteenth Time." The real treat, and why fans of video game music should consider looking into this twenty-two track beauty, is the variety of less-abused tracks. BioShock, Fallout 3, Uncharted, Grand Theft Auto IV, Dead Space and others make their way onto the album, all of which have production value befitting what I'm sure no one in the UK calls "The Queen's Orchestra."

More lovely is the price tag, which stands at a very reasonable $5.99 for an mp3 version the whole album on Amazon - those who wish to purchase individual tracks will pay 89 cents per. So for those who don't quite have the money, gentlefolkly attire, or social skills needed to head down to hear the local orchestra, check out "The Greatest Video Game Music." Should any of your self-proclaimed "cultured" friends give you guff about it, just roll your eyes, take a puff of your cigarette, and say in a rather dismissive tone, "Tchaikovsky's so mainstream. Everything after his demo EP is just a bunch of over-hyped, corporate-produced trash. Sellout."

Image via Amazon

5 Comments

thief-of-time said:

i got the mp3-album when it was released, and i really love it... seriously recommended to anyone who likes video game music...

RPGaymer said:

Needs moar Chrono Cross! xD

CPFace said:

I guess it's nice that some more modern games are represented, but I haven't played hardly any of the games on this list. :P Not sure it would appeal.

ulkesh said:

Some great selections on the list.

While there are several games that I haven't played, I can still appreciate the well-done music from them. Granted, since I haven't played those games the music may not have as much of an emotional impact on me; the music still stands on its own very well.

@CPFace - do you have to play a game before you can appreciate the music from it?

ulkesh said:

So, spam for a vegetarian diet plan site? Irony? yes, please.

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

Twitter Feed

Recent Comments

ulkesh on "The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness: So, spam for a vegetarian diet plan site? Irony? yes, please....

ulkesh on "The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness: Some great selections on the list. While there are several games that I haven't played, I can still appreciate the...

CPFace on "The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness: I guess it's nice that some more modern games are represented, but I haven't played hardly any of the games...

RPGaymer on "The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness: Needs moar Chrono Cross! xD...

thief-of-time on "The Greatest Video Game Music" Is Full Of Greatness: i got the mp3-album when it was released, and i really love it... seriously recommended to anyone who likes video...

GGP Mailing List

Are you gay and working in the games industry? If you are interested in networking with other folks like you within the industry, try joining the Gay Game-Industry Professionals mailing list. Click here for all the details!

Links

The GayGamer Store

  • Help support GayGamer by purchasing your items through our store!

All rights reserved © 2006-2010 FAD Media, Inc.