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The Importance of Music in Video Games


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Hey Everyone,

I have always been very geek when it comes to music in video games. Even when it was the 16 bit sounds of my first Super Nintendo chiming away as I combated zoras in Link to the Past, stomped on goombas in Super Mario World, or blasted Mavericks in Mega Man X, I would always enjoy the little tunes that played during each game. It got to the point where I could easily tell what game my friend was playing in the other room simply by hearing the melodies.

The type of Music that’s in video games plays a pivotal role in how well a game communicates to a gamer and can either make or break many video games in development and on the market.

Why do you exist?

But why is the music so vital to a game? Why is it that the thumping drums and airy choral lines in the Halo games more fitting than techno music and banjos? (besides banjos being the most useless instrument in the world). It’s because music is an essential ingredient to building atmosphere within games and evoking certain kinds of emotions in gamers.

Music has a special ability to evoke emotions. The tone colors of certain instruments as well as the overall beat, rhythm, pitch, staff style and much more can influence what natural kind of emotion we get. The dissonant chords and fast strings in Dead Space put nerves on edge, the slow french horns and deep drums of Oblivion soothe you as you ride over luscious hills, and the airy sounds of Venice with the mix of human chatter make you really feel like you’re with Ezio in Assassin’s Creed 2. (Oblivion even won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Original Score” through an international popular vote.)

Video game music even has grown to be a distinct genre. Take, for example, many of the classical bands that have toured and featured video game music such as the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland. And those are just classical orchestras playing video game music. There are sites out there that feature remixes and compositions based upon video game music like OC Remix, which provides free tracks you can download that remix game compositions into, many times, utter masterpieces.


But overall, I will be forever geek when it comes to video game music. If you’re interested in some decent soundtracks of video games, check out Oblivion, Halo, Chrono Trigger/ Chrono Cross, God of War 3, and Legend of Zelda Windwaker, Final Fantasy VII and X,  and Metal Gear Solid on Amazon or through youtube. And also, here’s one of my favorite tracks from Ocremix:

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4 responses

  1. Zelda Wind Waker has an amazing soundtrack, and actually Spirit Track’s music is really great, too. It could be one of the best I’ve heard for Zelda and it does not get the recognition it deserves (it is a lot of wind instruments and it sounds beautiful). Also, if you like great soundtrack/game blends, check out Earthbound, I’ve always thought that the music is perfect throughout the whole game, and it really does help you get in the mood throughout any level that you are in.
    Great post man!

    August 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

    • David Crew

      Thank Nahuel! Yeah I remember Earthbound and did enjoy the music in that game very much. Thanks for the comment 😀

      August 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

  2. Banjos exist because America does.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

  3. Yacov Baldwin

    Music plays a really important role in a video games, creators should put always a lot of effort to look for the best music/sound that best fits their game cause by doing it, game’s quality will be a lot greater and players will be more happy/satisfied(surprised.

    Will never forget the days when i was 5(1995)and delighted with DKC2 by its touchy/relaxing/exciting music, Super Metroid (music fitted perfectly to the isolated mood of the game) or LoZ Majoras Mask and Ocarina of Time.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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