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Post by Lancebloke on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:15 pm

Just listening to a piece of music from a Final Fantasy game and then decided to have a journey through my computer gaming life.

Here are a handful - last 2 are covers of the originals.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1



Wonder Boy 3: Dragon's Trap



Final Fantasy 10 - To Zanarkand



Final Fantasy 7 - Aerith's Theme



I think the music in a lot of these games triggers a lot my reminiscing than the games themselves!
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Re: Computer Game Music You grew up With

Post by bungobaggins on Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:03 pm

Good idea for a thread.



On a related note, I recently downloaded an emulator for my phone, and I'm now working my way through Pokemon Yellow. Lots of memories.

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Re: Computer Game Music You grew up With

Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:32 pm

bungobaggins wrote:Good idea for a thread.



On a related note, I recently downloaded an emulator for my phone, and I'm now working my way through Pokemon Yellow. Lots of memories.

Those two games were my first thought when I read the topic title Very Happy  Still got the original blue version. God, I loved playing those games Very Happy

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:57 am

For me game music was largely one hugely influential composer- David Whittaker.
From the sinclair spectrum through to the commodore Amiga and to the eventual arrival of the consoles he was the sound of games for me.
His ability to turn the limited beeps of early computers like the spectrum, commodore and ST into weird haunting other-worldy atmospheres is unsurpassed and his place in influencing the later music that a generation who grew up playing games with his tunes would make, is sadly not given enough credit in my view.
Here's a very small sample of his work.

Shadow of the Beast (Amiga)-



Glider Rider (Spectrum 128k)



The Sentinel (ST)



Speedball (ST)



And not Whitakker, but an honourable mention, the theme from Agony on the Amiga- I used to leave this tune playing for hours in the background! (its surprisingly calming)


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Post by Lancebloke on Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:45 pm

That last one is quite good for Amiga era music. I always liked the music from wonder boy 3. For midi I always thought it had a lot of depth (obviously not when I was 6 years old... but when I got older).

The final fantasy music I have always thought was amazing. So many great pieces.
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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:46 pm

An early example of how to use samples well in a very limited amount of memory space Agony.

The Amiga of course was famous in its day for its music capabilities relative to other machines of the day. Especially its sound chips and its midi compatibilities (something started with the rival Atari ST if I remember right) and probably without these machines and their early pioneers the Euro techno scene would never have emerged when it did.
In fact the Amiga is still a hugely popular machine in Germany today and there are vids on youtube showing people still using the latest versions of the Amiga operating system today in preference to windows.

The other thing the Amiga had were hackers! Game hackers, rival groups that were fiercely competitive, not just in hacking games but in presenting them- so intro scenes before the game started showcasing the teams graphical and musical skills became the norm and were often better than anything seen in commercial games of the time.
As a consequence many of those hackers ended up in the games business, and some of those old groups, such as Razor, Skidrow ect are still going strong and hacking games to this day and putting them up as torrentz now.


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Post by azriel on Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:48 pm

My son nominates DOOM, Silent Hill, & good old Medievil  Very Happy

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:25 pm

Silent Hill is a good call- excellent soundtrack-




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Post by Ringdrotten on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:06 pm

Listening to this makes me want to play World of Warcraft again, but then I remember they ruined everything that was fun about it Sad It was a fantastic game, despite what the media and besserwissers in the world would have you believe. Never had so much fun playing a game. I think a lot of the fun came from the fact that we were a group of friends playing, and would do most stuff together. It was easy to get lost in it, though, there's no denying that. Anyway, the music is great Smile


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Post by Eldorion on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:27 pm

I've always loved the "Hell March" music from Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Smile

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Re: Computer Game Music You grew up With

Post by Lancebloke on Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:04 pm

ELDO!!! YES!!!

Why didn't I think of that one?!?!?

What more could you want in a soundtrack to blowing the fuck out of the allies with 25 mammoth tanks and MiG air support?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Post by Lancebloke on Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:08 pm

Reminded me of another game, Total Annihilation, which I think was by far the best RTS strategy game of it's time.... yes ahead of Command and Conquer, Metal Fatigue and all the others that were about at the time.

The soundtrack to this game was dynamic (music changed when your units engaged enemies) and was the first time I had heard this sort of music in a game.



Worth skipping through to a few of the different tracks to hear how different some are... but all orchestral.
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Post by Eldorion on Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:26 pm

I can't say I grew up with this song, since I only heard it for the first time a couple of days ago in a YouTube video my stepmom showed me, but it turns out to be from Need for Speed Underground 2. I loved the first Underground, but if this song is any indication, the sequel had much better music. A pretty great remix IMO.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 on Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:46 pm

Have to say I prefer the original - that to me is like having an annoying mate in the room who keeps making up his own lyrics when your trying to listen to a tune.
If I was in the same room as him I'd be saying, "Gonnae shut the fuck up mate. I'm trying to listen to the Doors."  Mad 

Plus bit of a cheek to use a remix of a classic Doors tune to name drop yourself. Americans and modesty- two words that dont tend to meet each other to often in the same sentence unless its an American worrying unnecessarily about sex.  Mad 

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Post by Eldorion on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:09 pm

That's sort of the point of remixes though. The original song is a classic, of course.
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Post by RA on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:20 pm

bungobaggins wrote:
That almost brought a tear to my eye, man.

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Post by Ringdrotten on Sun Aug 03, 2014 9:35 pm

Eldorion wrote:I can't say I grew up with this song, since I only heard it for the first time a couple of days ago in a YouTube video my stepmom showed me, but it turns out to be from Need for Speed Underground 2.  I loved the first Underground, but if this song is any indication, the sequel had much better music.  A pretty great remix IMO.


I think I prefer the original as well, but this version is great and probably the reason why I started listening to The Doors in the first place Very Happy

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Post by RA on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:43 am



The old songs...

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Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:53 am

They were fantastic games 






Nostalgic sad face Sad

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Post by Ringdrotten on Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:57 am

Greatest playlist on youtube Very Happy (click the vid for it)


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Post by RA on Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:10 am

Ringdrotten wrote:They were fantastic games 




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Post by Amarië on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:06 pm

I was just listening to that guy! Very Happy




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Post by RA on Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:55 am

Not an old game at all, but still really great game music anyways


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