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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Use of Music Within Video Games

Sitting here listening to music made me realise how much of a large part music and audio devices have in the games we play. All games look at this approach differently, and sometimes it works, yet sometimes it does not.

I've played the Final Fantasy games for years, and was a massive fan of the music involved with them. From One Winged Angel being one of my favourite pieces ever that really builds up the tension and sets the atmosphere, to Waltz For the Moon for the dancing scene. However in their most recent (non-MMO) Final Fantasy, things slipped dramatically, Dear Mr.Square Enix, we like Nobuo Uematsu, we like him so much people go to visit to listen to his composed music by orchestras and he is huge around the world. However in Final Fantasy 13, the main theme was My Hands by Leona Lewis. No, no, no no and no.


Sometimes even simple background music as in Minecraft adds another level to the game which simply prevents us from sitting there in silence, however sometimes as in Dead Space, the music plays a vital role in scaring the player; from fast cresendo moments to complete silence with only the groaning of the USG Ishimura to make the player feel totally isolated. I have even downloaded the trailer theme as it is creepy yet beautiful at the same time, give it a listen. Without the sheer effort used in the sound of Dead Space I am certain it would have performed nowhere near as good as it has, and I can only hope Dead Space 2 has had the same care and attention.

(Addition, I have just found a new Dead Space 2 trailer which fits this blog completely, Ring around the Rosie.)

So in summary, music plays a massive role in how we perceive games and what turns a good game into an amazing game.

14 comments:

SuciƓ Sanchez said...

I enjoyed the soundtrack to Borderlands. Adds a lot to a game when well done. Generic rock is just lazy though.

Brightview said...

I listen to Oblivion music on Youtube

Jordan said...

the pokemon games for gameboy had the best music of all time! go listen to red version lavendar town.

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TRex said...

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Fruffles said...

My favorite soundtrack in a video game was when I was playing Halo 2, and Breaking Benjamin came on. I literally orgasmed.

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Chris said...

I would follow your blog if I know how bro!

Nells said...

great blog about video games!

mr_ben said...

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Leon Smith said...

@Jordan: That lavender town music still freaks me out to this day!

@Chris: I've moved the followers button to be more visible, it's on the right hand side of the page now :)

Delicious Toast said...

MvC3 is churning out some good tunes, Taskmaster's theme especially


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StockGuy said...

The soundtrack can elevate a good game to a great game, it really makes a bid difference.

Doo said...

Music can mean so much!

forkfantasy said...

My favourite video game song is Zelda's Lullaby, except a remix called Late Night Lullaby from OCRemix. You can search it on the youtubes.

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Justsayin' said...

I love music in anything :)

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