The Strength of Video Game Music
There was once a time in gamer’s lives where graphics weren’t such a big deal. Players did not talk about how real the graphics looked on The Legend of Zelda or Secret of Mana. Yes, box art and art styles in the games were acknowledged but they weren’t largely important aspects of games. Music on the other hand, was highly acknowledged by gamers. There is music from the NES days of games that can still be recognized, because of how iconic it was. You hardly have to be a gamer to recognize tunes from Super Mario Bros. This point leads us into a discussion about how important music is to a video game.
Many games today stretch graphics to their fullest, and it is stunning. But what happens when every game has beautiful graphics? They all begin to look alike and it’s not quite as impressive. The way to a player’s emotions are through storytelling and MUSIC. It has been scientifically proven through studies that music can trigger emotions in people. Next time you watch a great TV show or movie, think about it when music is playing. It can spike your excitement and nerves, or it can trigger depression or sadness. The same aspect is in video games. Music can make you anxious during a video game, or feel emotion during a cutscene. Remember to pay attention to this next time you play!
Many bands are emerging, playing video game music of the past, because the music was such a strong aspect of those games. One in particular who has gained much success is Super Soul Bros. They are a funk and blues band that plays old school video game music. It is nice to see the old school gaming music being so popular still today. Give them a follow!
Lastly, I just encourage gamers to embrace the strength of music in video games. It really can be a make or break for video games. Many games have done a wonderful job at using music to the fullest in their games, such as Final Fantasy, Super Mario, Uncharted and The Last of Us, Zelda, and many more! Let us know your opinion of the comments below and remember to give praise to video game music when its needed!