Journey misses out on Grammy

Austin Wintory's composition for adventure game comes up short in music awards, loses to Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The soundtrack for ThatGameCompany's downloadable game Journey was up for a Grammy last night during the awards show, but it was not meant to be.

Austin Wintory's composition for the well-received and record-breaking adventure game ultimately lost out to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media.

Writing on Twitter, Wintory congratulated Reznor for his victory and thanked fans for their support of his work on Journey.

Other nominees, all of which were films, included John Williams for The Adventures Of Tintin--The Secret Of The Unicorn; Ludovic Bource for The Artist; Hans Zimmer for The Dark Knight Rises; and Howard Shore for Hugo.

Last year, American composer Christopher Tin took home the Grammy Award for Civilization IV opening song "Baba Yetu," marking the first time a video game composition has won in the awards' history.

The Journey soundtrack is made up of 18 tracks composed and arranged by Wintory. It reached position 116 on the Billboard sales charts and made over 4,000 sales in its first week of release.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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chaosbrigade
chaosbrigade

I watched the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and as a music fanatic I have to tell you that soundtrack is nothing to write home about, in fact it was so forgettable that I don't even recall what the soundtrack to that movie was. 

I have no shadow of a doubt that the Grammy judges were completely and utterly biased towards Austin Wintory's score simply because it was from a video game. 

jonnybutler11
jonnybutler11

i can say this without a doubt in my mind, and without fear of being bias, anyone who has experienced journey for themselves knows the game's soundtrack deserved the win, not just because of merit but for symbolic reasons as well... nevertheless it is still great that video games are being considered for such a high profile award show, and it shows gaming is definitely becoming something that is considered to be an art form 

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

old people in grammy don't play videogames

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

The fact that video games, indie games no less, are being considered regularly for such high profile awards is a good thing in and of itself. It means that games in general are being taken more seriously. Whether or not Journey deserved to win, I don't really have an opinion, but that's my take on the idea in general. Say what you will about the Grammys, but to your average person they are a big deal.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Awards don't mean a thing. Especially ones like these where a bunch of rich and famous people get together to pat themselves on the back. It's always nice to see video games getting their dues, but it would be better if it weren't something like this.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Wow, three and a half years and I'm just hearing Baba Yetu. A nice song.

GreggD
GreggD

Guys, I'd just like to remind you all that the Grammys are kinda bullshit to begin with.

Pete5506
Pete5506

We need more video game related music to get feature like this was 

gashoe13
gashoe13

And if anyone's ever listened to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it's some of the worst music ever written for cinema. I never understood why it and the Social Network's awful score also got recognition. Journey is beautiful. TGWTDT is a bunch of crap.

Shinobi-Neo
Shinobi-Neo

journey is 100 % better than the other one...

JJMikhail
JJMikhail

Doesn't need an award, I am sure there are many movies out there that don't make the Oscars yet are watched by millions and are great films.

PortalJumper93
PortalJumper93

Farming Simulator 2013 had better gameplay than Journey. NO SARCASM

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

The important thing is that it was nominated. It sends a powerful message.

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

idk why this game got so much praise. All you do is walk aimlessly around a desert for 2 hours and it's over.

criminalscum87
criminalscum87

This games soundtrack was good, but I didn't listen to any of the songs and think "Yeah that deserves a Grammy!"

hotpugz
hotpugz

So much hate towards Journey in the comments below. It's real fucking easy to be a critic. But if you don't have the dedication, drive, and balls to take the risk to start up a company and create games people love, then all you are is a cipher, shitting all over other people's good works. Flower and Journey are works that overshadow anything you've done in your probable shit consumption orgy of a life.

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

I thought the game was decent, but good on them regardless of just being nominated. Trent Reznor FTW!!!

The_Gump
The_Gump

Oh poor Journey.  It's not like this 45 min long ripoff hasn't won enough awards already.  

I'll give credit where it's due: The game does look and sound nice, but it's not the groundbreaking achievement in gaming that everyone has made it out to be.  I regret dropping $15 on this interactive screensaver. 

slimskelter
slimskelter

I just started playing HALO 4, and it's score is incredible. 

Granpire
Granpire

I wonder just how many judges would have played the game. The soundtrack isn't just remarkable because it's beautiful (it is), but because it evolves over the level in sync with your progression.

To fully appreciate the quality of the soundtrack, don't you need to experience it in its original form?

margevich
margevich

good - it's way overrated and shouldn't have been nominated

Good-Smurf
Good-Smurf

@GreggD 

Journey soundtrack are so good they have to buy their way out to win over journey.

And to look at this year's grammy filled with young artists i don't surprised journey didn't win it had no beats and bass drop to impress their ears.

The soundtrack is the reminiscent of real music kinda ironic how fucked up music industry are now so they make sure an abomination would win it instead of something that can change people's lives.


Bayonetta2013
Bayonetta2013

@Pete5506 Agreed. I can name about ten other games that have much better soundtracks than those featured at the Grammys.

kingcole225
kingcole225

@gashoe13 Haven't really heard The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's score, but Social Network's was great. Don't see how you could possibly argue with that... Seems like the bias here is that of orchestral vs not. Don't know what could possibly have created such a strong opinion in terms of that...

Thunderstarter
Thunderstarter

@gashoe13 I disagree with your statement. TGWTDT had a great score, it fit the movie's tone and atmosphere perfectly. Perhaps listening to it by itself isn't as invigorating as, say, Howard Shore's LOTR score, but the surrealism that TGWTDT instills upon the viewer is absolutely fantastic. Its rendition of Immigrant Song I think beats the original (I SAID IT). 
Now, as for whether it deserved to beat Journey or not, I cannot comment. I still have to play the game, but typically when looking at soundtrack for visual media you have to take into consideration what it contributes to the media, more so than how enjoyable it is when listening to it on your MP3 player. 

Alf
Alf

@Suikogaiden you are too... but guess what. Your mom loves you anyway :\

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Well, if you liked a Simulator more than Journey, then I guess there's no point in arguing with you!

Blade_Runner22
Blade_Runner22

@DesertEaglex24 You mean all YOU do is walk aimlessly around a desert for 2 hours... Me, I had breathtaking moments and humbling experiences for 2 hours. And apparently some other people did too, with the game winning so many awards.

gashoe13
gashoe13

@DesertEaglex24 It's the experience of it all. The atmosphere is magical. Take some time and really play it; don't just watch videos of it. That won't work.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Wow, I guess your imagination is very limited and dumbed down by FPSs.

gashoe13
gashoe13

@criminalscum87 You ever listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I can think of at least 12 pieces in the album that made me think, "Yeah that deserves to go in the trash can."

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

Haha that was kinda harsh but I guess there's no room for fantacy or imagination anymore :)

Granpire
Granpire

@margevich You're failing to notice the care with which the movement mechanics were crafted. You truly feel the movement because it's so tuned to the terrain and environment.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

@margevich 

What's overrated is the never ending stream of copy/paste games and sequels that come out on an anual basis. It's nice to see at least one company doing something completely different.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Bayonetta2013 I hope you aren't agreeing just because you have the same icons. Joking, joking. And fuck the Grammys.

Bayonetta2013
Bayonetta2013

@Thunderstarter Sometimes, Howard Shore just can't be beat. But The Hobbit's score was a little lacking in that it used the theme over and over again until it was just too repetitive, even with the different version and such.

Memories0fBlood
Memories0fBlood

@jflkdjsHarsh but necessary, there are way too many haters in my peripheral vision everywhere I go video game related. Granted most of them are under the age of 20 but still we can't let them run rampant without any consequence.

margevich
margevich

@sune_Gem @margevich you mean to say that a small two hour game where you go from point A to point B and most of the time do nothing but hold the forward button is something completely different, or in other words - original?

Memories0fBlood
Memories0fBlood

@sune_Gem @margevich Don't worry sune_Gem these people are probably the same that complain about the Fps being the downfall of modern gaming, have no idea what overrated actually means and only use it because they heard someone else use it before hand.

margevich
margevich

@Memories0fBlood @margevich @sune_Gem just for your concerns - I have never ever played a multiplayer FPS in my life, nor an F1 racer, with or without guns. I did play some FIFA tho, when I was 15 or so, but that was very long time ago. so stop making assumptions - you're making an azz out of yourself

Memories0fBlood
Memories0fBlood

@margevich @Memories0fBlood @sune_Gem Umm how bout. One of the few multiplayer games this generation that didn't have either a gun in it or really any type of violence.

Probably the only multiplayer exploration game in existence that you can finish by yourself or with someone you do not know and have to figure out a way to communicate with.

I liked the soundtrack but I'm with others in this page that don't think it was Grammy worthy but in all actuality who really gives a fuck about the Grammy's?

You get a kiss on the hand for making me actually respond. Maybe next time they'll throw a football in there or an F1 racer with .50 cal machine guns on all sides to up the originality factor for you kids. Maybe even all 3 at once....actually that does sound pretty original.