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PARTEMADRES
PARTEMADRES

WOW!! EPIC!!!!  I LOVE THIS VIDEO! AND YOU ARE RIGHT!! The new soundtracks are amazing, sure! But the classic games used much more memorable music!

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

Earth worm Jim: the first level where there is a ton of garbage

 

Final Fantasy 7: the open world theme

 

Legend of Zelda, a link to the past: (the song when you are about to load your game)

brotherscampos
brotherscampos

I really enjoy the music of Kingdom the song  "Simple and Clean"

I_love_Harmony
I_love_Harmony

I agree with this video, but there are some great examples of memorable modern video game music. Uncharted is obviously one. But there are other great examples, for instance the menu music for mass effect 1 and the main theme for mass effect 2. The menu theme from 1 in fact is memorable, not only because it is amazing, but it plays during every emotional scene in the trilogy. Then there is also the main theme for fallout 3, not a favourite for many, but a haunting piece of music that always reminds me of how atmospheric that game is. And finally, the theme song for skyrim, it will definitely go down in videogame history as awesome and memorable.

endorbr
endorbr

As this video shows the Kingdom Hearts theme can go with pretty much anything.

jpm1276
jpm1276

My top 3 video game music list is Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask, and Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater.

LiveandLedZep
LiveandLedZep

Maybe music is memorable in older games because you were young playing them, so you recognise them because of nostalgia? Newer consoles can play music that doesn't have to repeat every minute, but older consoles had to have more basic music. Some games use orchestral scores for effect and focus less on melodies. Think of Dark Souls and Dead Space. However this isn't always the case, what about Halo, Elder Scrolls, the new Mario and Zelda games? But I agree that the generic war zone music in FPS isn't that special

King9999
King9999

Super Castlevania IV.  GODLIKE.

Daddio93
Daddio93

Can someone please tell me what the Kingdom Hearts background theme is called. Been searching YouTube for it but can't find anything.

vanti
vanti

Sonic the Hedgehog, The Great Gianna Sisters and Arkanoid are among many that are forever ingrained in my head.

Battlefield however is probably the only recent game that has a tune I actually remember. Bada ba badam-pam!

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

Hearing that Kingdom Hearts theme gave me butterflies in my stomach. So awesome. 

 

The tunes of today aren't nearly as catchy because there isn't a rhythmic motif. I'm not just talking about drums or some other percussion. I'm talking a repetition--a beginning, middle and end that is familiar and flows together to create that nice rhythm. 

 

Themes of today are more orchestral which makes them harder to remember because the chords, harmonies and rhythms aren't clearly defined. They serve their purpose in delivering an emotion experience--most of the time--but they don't stick when the power is off.

Daddio93
Daddio93

Is that background track from Kingdom Hearts? What is it called again, I must know, please!?

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

It's simply not true. There are still authentic tunes in today's games. If you hum any of the Elder Scrolls tunes I can tell you which game they're from, same with Halo. Mass Effect also has memorable tunes. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

Awww, the IE9 advertisement was only 30 seconds instead of an hour and 39 minutes!  Oh well.  ;)

vg3000
vg3000

Everything about video games were better when you weren't considered "cool" for playing them...

Dominic-79
Dominic-79

One of my fave videos cause Ifeel him on what his saying

707107
707107

so you will use kingdom hearts music but not show it.

some music fan you are dude.

28362g
28362g

It is confirmed that I will be humming the Ballad of Godess tune from Skyward Sword ten years from now.

28362g
28362g

Shout-outs to the Hikari Kingdom Hearts Soundtrack!

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

Hmm..  I can't understand why you didn't play clips of music from all those different games you put visual clips up for.  What's the point of visual clips of memorable game _music_?  I agree that lots of those games had memorable music, but the point would have gotten home a lot better if I could hear and compare early Legend of Zelda music directly against Battlefield 3.

 

Just to agree with @adriannauss, I think part of the reason these are so memorable is that they were highly repetitious and the games required you to replay the same areas over and over to beat them.  Modern games you may only go through each part one time and the music is so much more varied and subtle.

Her0
Her0

Battlefield 1942 theme :)

pokecharm
pokecharm

solid ep - agree that the music is memorable for those older games!  In recent memory, Alone in the Dark has a great haunting soundtrack :)

adriannauss
adriannauss

What people need to realize, the cinematic music of today’s games can have the same lasting effect as the original 8 bit sound tracts, just like older movies like Star Wars themes weren’t 8 bit classics but we still remember those. What made the classics to memorable is one part nostalgia, also video game producers couldn’t get lazy with it, they had to make it catchy or you would pull your hair out listening to 8-bit beeps and bops. ALSO take that and the face you would hear the same theme looping over and over again, it gets burnt into your head for all of eternity. So yes, there is great music in some of today’s games, but with the higher quality cinematic music, its sometimes easier to get lazy by just throwing in a bunch of sounds and special effects

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

There is some very good music from recent games like Zelda Skyward Sword, Skyrim, Metal Gear Solid and more. It's just too recent to compete against nostalgic soundtracks from Mario or Final Fantasy, for example. Give it some years and we'll be saying " Remember Skyrim's main theme, that was awesome"

TheHumanBush
TheHumanBush

And Red Dead Redemption John's Death song.  

TheHumanBush
TheHumanBush

I'll be humming the Skyrim theme and the Mass Effect 3 ending song in 10 years.  

wamsy102938
wamsy102938

True!  Soundrack is essential in an action/adventure style game.  I just cant imagine one without it.

Deevoshun
Deevoshun

Right now, I really enjoy Skyrim's music, so much so I just purchased the 4 CD set.  Even though it changes a little bit from game to game, the theme music for the most part is the same and will be remembered for a very long time.

c0m4ndo45
c0m4ndo45

One of the reasons for this is that recent game musics, even if great, take time to become nostalgic. Other is that we were young and everything is much more magical when you dont know much about anything, automatically making all you experience that much more memorable.

 

Also, my number one game music of all time is actually Red Alert 3's Soviet March.

JustinCoplen
JustinCoplen

Square was always really good at creating memorable soundtracks.

 

1. Final Fantasy (Favorite Tracks: Ruined Castle, Dungeon)

2. Final Fantasy VII (Favorite Tracks: JENOVA, One Winged Angel)

3. Kingdom Hearts (Favorite Tracks: Dearly Beloved [All Versions], Darkness of the Unknown [From Kingdom Hearts II] 

4. Super Mario 64 (Favorite Tracks: Slide Theme, Bowsers Road

5. Ocarina of Time (Favorite Tracks: Forest Temple, Hyrule Field)

sethbouldin
sethbouldin

I love how the front page asks the question "Do you remember memorable video game music?" A little redundant lol.

 

I love Streets of Desolation from the NES Batman game based on the '89 movie. Also Korkiri Forest from Ocarina of Time. And who could forget Jeremy Sole's Morrowind soundtrack? I'm sure I could think of more, but I'm scared I'll never get off Nostalgia Road if I start...

pokemedot
pokemedot

Kingdom Hearts.... that is all

 

metroid_dragon
metroid_dragon

For an episode based around video game music you have chosen some pretty lame background music to this video.

Cronicx-
Cronicx-

.....How is assassin's creed not even mentioned in this video or the comments below? Their music was beautiful.

Sword403
Sword403

1. Final Fantasy 7

2. Sonic 2 Hill top zone

3. Contra 1st lvl in NES

4. Rocket knight adventure NES

5. Alicia the Dragoon GENESIS

6. Castlevania SOTM

7. Kingdom Hearts

8. ZOE 2

9. Mickey Mouse castle of illusion GENESIS

10. Donky Kong country 2

 

Man I'm old!!!

Xilonix
Xilonix

1. Unreal Tournament 2004

2. Halo 2

3. Crysis

4. Gears Of War 2

5. Unreal Tournament 3

6. NFS Carbon

7. Jet Set Radio Future

Clanseter66
Clanseter66

1-  Final Fantasy VII

2-  Chrono Trigger

3- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

4- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

5- F Zero

6- Megaman

7- Street Fighter

8- Halo 

Divine_Stryph
Divine_Stryph

Remember when video game music was memorable? Pepperidge Farm remembers...

AceCometh
AceCometh

The Witcher 2 has an excellent soundtrack. I was pleased to find the soundtrack included in the copy I bought for my X360S. Whether it even deserves to be counted among the best is a debate I'll stay out of.

Daddio93
Daddio93

Nevermind, found it, finally.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

 @adriannauss As a musician, there is nothing lazy about creating the music they create and then making 20+ of them throughout the game. They still pay their dues to create the music they make. 

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

 @Cronicx- It was beautiful. But was it memorable? Can you hum a great portion of the music? 

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

 @Clanseter66 I would change FF VII for FF IX and change Halo for some Mario game ( mostly because I haven't played any Halo), but that's some awesome soundtrack you put there.

Cronicx-
Cronicx-

 @sirkibble2 That's like saying can I hum the score for Inception. Of course I can't hum the sound of an entire orchestra and the voice of an incredibly talented 19-year old girl, but if I heard it, yes I could identify it in an instant, so yes it was memorable.

Cronicx-
Cronicx-

 @sirkibble2 Oh, well yea I could if I had to. It would just sound awful, lol

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

lol Okay. I think I confused you by saying "...a great portion of the music." I didn't mean humming all the instruments. My bad. I meant humming the primary melody of the song like what Daddio93 was saying.

 

But you also mention remembering as in if you heard it. But could you remember it if you didn't hear it? That's why I asked if you could hum a tune. If you can hum it, that means you don't need to hear it for it to memorable.

Daddio93
Daddio93

 @Cronicx- Humming doesn't involve hitting the orchestral tunes in the song. Can you hum the tune was the question.