Some Video Games Are Better Without Music

I think it goes without saying that I love music in video games. But not all games require a soundtrack, and in fact, some games are better off without one.


Music can be a distraction, an unnecessary layer of sound that pulls attention away from a game rather than enhancing it. Sometimes, there's nothing to do but… » 4/05/12 8:00pm 4/05/12 8:00pm

Back This Kickstarter, Get A Ton of Great Video Game Music

The game/music website Nubuwo is holding a kickstarter to raise money to help them launch a couple of different projects centered around video game music.


They're short of their goal with only a few hours to go, but if you pledge, you can score a huge collection of great video game music, featuring work by great… » 3/01/12 7:15pm 3/01/12 7:15pm

Video Games are the New Best Way to Make a Living Composing Music

You may have heard that it's tough to make a living as a musician. You heard right! It's a tough world out there, and very few people get paid a good living to make music. But while it may seem daunting from the outside, there is actually a greater demand for music than ever—there is more media created each day than… » 2/23/12 8:00pm 2/23/12 8:00pm

Fallout 3's Tunnel Snakes Rule, and So Does This Amazing Classic Remix

Who could forget the Tunnel Snakes, the dorkiest, least menacing group of post-apocalyptic greaser wanna-be gangsters to ever grace a role-playing game? I sure couldn't. And who could forget this classic video, which though it's a few years old, still holds up remarkably well?


Not Jenn Frank, anyway, who was kind… » 2/16/12 8:45pm 2/16/12 8:45pm

Even Birds Can Get the Super Mario Theme Stuck in Their Heads

Koji Kondo created an earworm of epic proportions when he wrote the theme music for Super Mario Brothers more than 20 years ago. The tune's become one of the most recognizable pop culture jingles of the last 40 years, to the point where tropical birds feel the need to sing it out loud. The feathered soloist could… » 12/22/11 4:40pm 12/22/11 4:40pm