Tuesday, October 11, 2011

HG101's Top 1000 video game tracks

Like listening to music? Stuck for suggestions? HG101 ran a poll and has come up with this massive list. Okay, so 1000 might be too many and yes, the list reads more like a snooty gamer's list of musics from those games that are darlings to the hardcore. Far too much music from games beginning with Chrono. Waaay too much Castlevania, Mega Man, Persona and Final Fantasy. But a valiant effort. I've spent the last few days going through the list and downloading some songs I'd forgotten or never heard of.

Recently EDGE's Steven Poole bemoaned the lack of decent video game tracks these days. I don't know if there are less great tracks these days or that gamers of my generation just don't play games as much as we used to so there is less time for these songs to worm their way into our heads. I definitely have a soft spot for mega drive/SNES era music and part of the reason for enjoying video game music (I almost exclusively listen to VGM or VGM remixes) is that often a track can take you back to a specific time and place. I associate Mystic Cave Zone music with hanging out with my brother busting Sonic games and Tooth and Claw with a specific summer spent with friends playing nothing but Killer Instinct, trying to pull of ultra combos. Inspired by HG101's list and Poole's article here are a few recent tracks that I've ended up downloading.

Lava Landing from Kirby's Epic Yarn


Tatsunoko vs Capcom Ultimate All Stars theme from Orbital Rings System Cargo Bay



HG101's poll was for original VGM only which is a shame because virtually every track from Little King's Story makes my list. A particular highlight is King Jumbo Champloon's theme


The problem with talking about music preferences is MUSIIIIC WANKAAARS. Everyone has different tastes. Have you found a neat track in a recent game you think is worth sharing? Feel free to drop a comment for everyone to then tell you that "NO THAT IS SHIT".

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