I Love Video Game Music!
I love to listen to instrumental music.
But I love video game songs especially. Years ago, I collected my favorite video game songs and made music CDs to listen to.
This Medium story is all about my love of video game music and the composers who make it.
Support the Artists!
I often buy and pay for the soundtracks for my favorite games. These soundtracks are often on Bandcamp.
I won’t lie. I do listen to some video game songs on YouTube for free. But I try to support the original creators when I can by paying for the music.
I Love Mechanical Sounding Things
I am not quite sure how to describe this. But I love video game music that is unapologetically video game music.
I love chiptune, midi, synth, and beeps.
Maybe this is because some of my favorite video game songs are from older games. Back when that is what the hardware was capable of.
In some cases, when older music is remastered, I prefer the original older versions.
- Example #1 The Death Egg Act 1 — Sonic and Knuckles
- Example #2 Inside the Dungeon — Earthbound
- Example #3 Hills of Destiny — The Messenger
- Example #4 An Underlying Problem — Shovel Knight
I Love the Guitar!
Lots of my favorite video game songs have an electric guitar in them. I just love how this instrument sounds.
I love the sound of electric bass as well.
- Example #1 Running from Evil — Doom 2
- Example #2 Jess’s Theme — Advance Wars 2
- Example #3 Metropolis Zone — Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Chiptune and Instrumental Fusion
A few of my favorite songs combine chiptune and instrumental music. I love this combination as it gives me a bit of each.
Video Game Songs Have Great Themes
Video game music often is very thematic. Certain songs set the mood of location very well.
I love Halo Music!
I Love Loud and Upbeat Music
Video game music is often loud and very motivating. It is one of the main reasons I love to listen to it for sure.
I used to listen to music while doing school homework and other tasks. I don’t listen to music while doing computer work as much anymore, but I still do some days.
Some of My Favorite Video Game Music Composers
- Danny Baranowsky
- Eirik Suhrke
- Jake Kaufman
- Koji Kondo
- Martin O’Donnell