There wasn’t much in the way of news over Christmas in the gaming world, except Kotaku royally destroying an unknown marketing company over customer service, search Ocean Marketting (sic) because it is very long but rather funny. Also, the MoD got mad jell of modern war games because their training simulators bored trainees to tears because they are no longer as realistic as modern titles “If only our weapons arsenal were as good as COD!” they cried. Bill Gates laughed at them and maybe gave them some tips on how not to suck.
I don’t know about you, but when Christmas comes I turn into a raging alcoholic. Like seriously, I get up at 7am and pour myself a snowball (advocaat and lemmo) and I think nothing of it. So I was mulling on what to write, with no news to bring, I over thought. A lot. So there I was, crying into my seventh snowball of the day because the turkey was still frozen at noon, watching “The Snowman” and for some weird reason Aled Jones’ pre pubescent voice is really soothing and all these forgotten memories of my childhood came back.
Now, being as my childhood involved favouring games over friends, eventually, they phased me out and my mum got worried because she heard Pokemon bred serial killers, so she banned consoles in the summer so I had to play out on my own. In the rain, because my old friends grew boobs and played with boys. But hey, I was great at improvisation and pretended my bike was Epona and we went on amazing adventures, I even hummed Hyrule field when crossing the back field to make it extra realistic! Bare with me! I am not writing some sentimental story that is on par with some biscuit and wee smelling granny.
I got thinking about how without music, you don’t feel. Without music, you don’t understand how protagonists feel when they get the girl or how creepy that disused factory is. Music truly underpins everything in visual arts. Sometimes, you see an ad for a game and maybe a Bieber song accompanies it and you’re immediately turned off, other times you hear “Playing in the Shadows” and right in that moment you wish you were playing Arkham City.
So without further ado, I present you with some amazing songs and compositions that underpinned some great video games, some are well known, others are exclusive to a particular game but either way, pour a classy drink and enjoy the eargasm that follows.
Beautiful and haunting, Django Reinhardt covered Debussy’s classic so well it was featured in both Bioshock games. It makes me want to pour a glass of brandy and light a fine cigar!
GlaDOS is actally a pretty sweet singer and this is my personal favourite of the list. It’s hilarious and it actually made me feel pretty bummed out because I didn’t want the game to end. Funfact: I sing this on the bus, no one sits near me.
Does anyone else want to murder prostitutes for their moolah when they hear this or is it just me…?
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Everything that makes this game wonderful is highlighted in this piece
I don’t know what it is about this track. Sure there are better scores in the game but this one really stuck on me. I absolutely love it. I love it so much I searched for it on YouTube for 45 mins.
No list would be complete without me adding a Zelda song. Yeah I’m a fan girl, Big whup wanna fight about it? I was going to use Gerudo Valley, I love Spanish guitars, but I found this version and I was seriously impressed! Song of Healing adds to the dark, melancholic atmosphere wonderfully.
It was a toss up between this and Terra. I love both pieces but whenever I hear this I wee a bit with excitement, I should probably go to the doctors or something. Sadly, the fact is I have NEVER COMPLETED this game. I get to the fourth disc and my Playstation WIPES MY SAVE. What. The. Hell.
One of the best games ever. This piece is the soundtrack to my early years, if you haven’t played it, you can easily get it on iPhones and what not these days but, listening to this piece will, in no uncertain terms tell you how awesome it is.
Everybody loves Castlevania, everybodybody loves metal combine the two and you get this gem of a video.
Epic and beautiful bringing joy to everyone in the world. If Christmas was a soundtrack this would be it.
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