I made a topic about this a while back ago, but you wanna know why Sonic 3's music was awesome?
(From a old topic)
So yesterday, I was browsing YouTube listening to some classic video game music tunes. To relive a childhood favorite, I was listening to Ice Cap Zone from Sonic 3. Something caught my eye on the list of Ice Cap songs YouTube had to offer.
I was shock how the songs fit together. Upon further invesgation, I found out that originally SEGA wanted Micheal Jackson to compose the score for Sonic 3. Sadly, Jackson was in trouble for the whole little child molesation incident back in 1993, SEGA wanted no part with Micheal Jackson and drop the songs that Micheal Jackson had composed.
Or did they?
Micheal Jackson's producers still wanted a part of the Sonic 3 musical score project. SEGA allowed the producers to work with the soundtrack and they are listed on the Sonic 3 Ending Credits.
IMO: If Micheal Jackson didn't ****ed up, SEGA would had allowed his name on the ending credits. People would had seen that a world renown musician worked the score on a video game. A video game from '93, when people didn't think game music isn't an artform, people may had respect for video game music if Micheal Jackson was kept on the project.
Jeez, everything and nothing is art, depending on who you ask; if an unaltered toilet seat can be art, then so can food, pornography, and video game music. It's all good.
I think people get a bit to wound up about what is art and what isn't. If art is an expression of human creativity, then, yes, video game music is art, as is the video game itself. But video games are probally the only artisitic medium who make such a fuss about being called an art form. If somone else can't enojy it, then it is their loss, but how many people here can admit to a rush of ecstasy when looking at the Mona Lisa? This is our art, and we can enjoy it whatever anyone else says. For lack of a better phrase, **** them (excuse the french).
I'd say VGM is an art, but unlike movie soundtracks, doesn't always really stand up well on its own, e.g videogame music has to be very repetetive, you are supposed to listen to it whilst playing the game, whereas songs on movie soundtracks only last for a short scene or whatever, so I would listen to a movie soundtrack, but not a video game one.
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i think video game music is amazing. i'm not some person who listenes to zelda music all day, but it's good because like.. well;
people can recognize movie soundtracks as a musical genre i think, and it's the same with games. you can tell if something is game music, just take a look at any soundtrack from any final fantasy game.
game soundtracks are amazing mood setters. maybe even more so than movie soundtracks, since most games don't have constant voice acting to bac kthem up. even more don't even have that in cutscenes, so the music is more important to set the mood entirely, bar some sound effects which just make it 'a game'.
so yeah, i think game music should be taken more seriously, it's very very underrated.
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Ah yes, the question of whether music from video games is a "legitimate" form of art or not. My father and I have discussed this many a time, myself on the side that it is art, my father vehemently opposed to such. Even though I have proven to him that he himself cannot differentiate between video game music (when orchestrated) and orchestral pieces, he still lives under the delusion that it is an inferior form of art, and I cannot understand why.
But yes, I do very much believe that video game music is a form of art. Some of my favorite albums are video game soundtracks. The music of Nobuo Uematsu for the FF series (especially VI, VII, and X), God of War, and Koji Kondo's various Nintendo music (though I believe his best works to be in Metroid and Zelda) just to name a few.