A Score to Settle - What Happened to Video Game Music? ( - The opening music from Super Mario Bros. is one of the most well-known songs in entertainment history. I’d go so far as to say that it rivals the theme from Jaws, the shower scene from Psycho, and even 2001: A Space Odyssey’s signature tune. It’s a piece of music that has penetrated the collective consciousness, even amongst those who long-ago left their game-loving childhood.

Mario wasn’t the only one, though. Thinking back to the 8 and 16-bit era, I can still hum many of the themes to games I once enjoyed: Sonic the Hedgehog, Dig Dug, Chrono Trigger, and even Alex Kidd in Miracle World – a title I only played when visiting Master System-owning friends. There are so many fantastic tunes that blasted through the mono speaker of my 13-inch colour TV during that period – most of which I remember better than the games themselves. So what happened?

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Incipio2229d ago (Edited 2229d ago )

...It evolved to meet the more cinematic needs of newer games?

Bimkoblerutso2229d ago

This is a ridiculous argument that I read way, way too often. Composers are simply expanding their art beyond writing "catchy tunes" nowadays. If a "catchy tune" was all that was required for something to be considered good music, then Katy Perry and Lady Gaga would pretty much be going down in history as the greatest composers ever to live.

...though it would really be a disservice to modern composers to leave it at that, even, because I can name a TON of modern games with very memorable themes that offer more atmospheric/cinematic pieces as well.

Axecution2229d ago (Edited 2229d ago )

*Starts humming the Uncharted theme in my head*

There's lots of good songs in video games today. Obviously nothing is gonna be quite as catchy as an old NES MIDI song, but that's because those were looping 30-second songs that got jammed into your mind. They didn't change to fit the game or do anything to make it epic, sad, or any other emotions that sometimes require music to create.

3D Dot Game Heroes had a great old-sounding soundtrack, though. I get that theme in my head the second i think about it...