Submitted by DanCrabtree 1328d ago | opinion piece

Videogame Music Should Have Lyrics

Lyricized music and video games aren't the best of friends. There were a few years when they got along, making for some great game music. Then, well, there were other years when ears bled. It wasn't shocking to fans when these travesties of music were produced. Before the inclusion of lyrics, videogame music was always repetitious beats and tunes that players would hum while playing. We all have our favorites, and most of those favorites have been performed by orchestras or remade into rock operas. It's always fun to see and listen to, but that can only last for so long. (Alan Wake, Culture, Red Dead Redemption)

FlyWestbrook  +   1328d ago
italianbreadman  +   1328d ago
While I don't necessarily believe that all games need to move in this direction, it CAN and DOES work well in some cases. TO counter, thought, much of the appeal of game music lies in the fact that it is often instrumental-only. It's one of the few places we can still find orchestral compositions, sans-lyrics, and that's nice to know.
Murpho  +   1328d ago
I have to HEAVILY disagree here. I think the complete opposite about music in video games. I think they've become so much more important in the last decade than ever before.

Most great soundtracks turn great games into classics, and they're mostly all instrumental. Do you think Nate's Theme would be better with lyrics? What about the angelic melodies and harmonies of Assassin's Creed II and Brotherhood? Or what about "From the Wreckage" from the original Mass Effect? I don't think so.

Sure, on occasion adding lyrics can be great. As you mentioned, Red Dead Redemption did it beautifully with "Compass". However, unlike most people, I believe their other attempt in the game with "Far Away" was far from a home run.

If instrumental and orchestral music is dying, then how has it survived for centuries before? I think it's doing just fine in video games, if not getting stronger.
amlabella  +   1327d ago
When I think of videogame music with lyrics that has worked in the past, it is in large part due to the fact that it's a nice change of pace. Like Mike brought up with RDR, I thought "Compass" was fantastic. But if a large majority of the score in RDR had lyrics I don't think I'd like it as much. There's a certain mood and tone you can achieve with instrumental scores that sometimes just doesn't work with lyrics. But I certainly wouldn't ignore the idea completely; I'd actually like to see developers feature lyric-based music more often, just not too often.

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