Quick! Think of a video game song! If you thought “Saria’s Song” or the Mario theme song, you’re the kind of Nintendojoite that Andrew likes best. The Professor Layton theme, or the Legendary Pokémon battle theme? Adam might like you more. With all the staff onboard, actually, you’re bound to match up to one of our tastes– even if you don’t have one.
Video games are unique among mediums in that they combine all sorts of sensory outputs (and inputs, now that we’re in the motion control/Siri era) to entertain us, and in so doing some things might get lost along the way. Music, though, is something that gets talked about all the time, everywhere. Whether it’s fantastic (hi Ocarina of Time) or terrible (what’s with those beeps in Metroid II: Return of Samus?), people like to talk about video game music. Well, most of the time. There’s a lot of other people who just don’t like video game music at all– or never had the chance to listen to it. When editor Andrew was a kid, he couldn’t play video games unless it was the weekend, and then for only twenty minutes a day– which made it so most of the time he’d be under the covers with the sound off on his Game Boy. Needless to say, music was not essential to the experience of Dr. Mario.
So what are your experiences with music, intrepid gamer? Is it important to you? Maybe it’s not? Answer our poll, Nintendojoite, and then discuss in the comments!