Sep 23, 2012 at 12:33PM EDT
Oh look, someone who shares my enthusiasm for video game music!
I actually used to be a very avid gamer when I was younger, and it was video games that pushed me to take up the study of music. I picked up my first instrument from guitar hero, and even though I’m only a casual gamer these days, I still enjoy learning and analyzing pieces from video games. Some of them are quite ingenius.
I’m assuming you watch Extra Credits as your explanation on the history of video game music seems to derive from their lecture on the subject. Remember that the old 8-bit composers wrote music that was more melodically interesting because they were very restricted. It’s not so much that modern game music is bad so much as it’s bad on its own, game composers now focus more on writing “atmospheric”, music to play in the background and set the mood without distracting from gameplay.
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