Midnight Pub

Happy National Video Game Day

~superfxchip

Happy National Video Game Day!

Earlier today, I caught wind that apparently today is national video game day here in the US. It prompted me to go ahead and work on some remixes of video game music to go ahead and commemorate the day.

That music is now uploaded here on gemini, the melodies can be found @ my stand just outside the pub! While spending my time busking outside the bar, having a puff of the pipe, taking breaks for banter and respite in between songs and loading projects, thinking about the day has got me wondering:

I hear an awful lot of talk about music in the pub from just out the entrance, and I'm here making merry as I sing my tunes, but I'd rather hear about your guys' interest in any video game music that's caught your fancy in the past! I know video game soundtracks are a big influence on me and the kind of sounds I do, especially the 32-bit and 16-bit sounds of the Playstation, SNES, Genesis, Dreamcast n such.

Any video game soundtracks that are your favorites or stand out to you?

Mine would have to include games like Art of Fighting, Earthbound, Einhander, LSD Dream Emulator, Streets of Rage 3, or a big favorite as a child was the Wipeout racing games, Snatcher also has pheonominal music, and so on and so forth.

What's some video game music you've heard lately that's grabbed you?

I'd love to read your guys' comments on this slow friday evening. You all have such entertaining posts. Thank you anybody for taking the time to read, have a good one!


tetris

I love the guitar melody for the menu screen in Dwarf Fortress, and I've also recently give the soundtrack to Disco Elysium another listen.

The former invokes a sense of tragedy and industry, whereas the later gives a wistfulness for a wooden shack on a unforgiving shore.

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superfxchip

Given both a listen. The Dwarf Fortress menu music is a really cool melancholy sounding melody, it sounds like it'd fit right in with a post-rock accompaniment. Something looming about it, something cryptic. It feels serious and soft-spoken, but mischievous.

The Disco Elysium OST is pretty versatile, it definitely lives up to the name. It's so ambient but so rhythmic, I dig the textures across tracks, with horns mixed between synth pads and different resonant signatures that blend together to make a really shoegazy backdrop. At the same time, the beats that drop in every so often are really cool chill but groovy beats that set the tone for the music goin' on.

Safe to say, I've never heard of either games, and I'll check out what they're about sometime thx for the recs!

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tetris

Hey thanks for taking the time to find these and listen, especially as I haven't returned the favour (I will do someday, I just rarely listen to music outside of work, and I've stopped listening to music at work...)

DwarfFortress will destroy you mentally, so I don't recommend it really. It's fun, like looking at the matrix and seeing all the chaos unfold, but it's really hard to navigate and I say this as someone who has been playing it on/off for several years.

Disco Elysium I think won game of the year in 2019 by several game review websites. I would recommend this game to anyone. It's a funny, thoughtful, eclectic mix of point-and-click detective mystery and emotion. If you've ever experienced heartbreak, this is the game for you.

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superfxchip

Of course! I love new music recs, and also I prolly didn't make it clear anyhow so dw bout it aha, but to check out my stuff it's at my capsule hosted here @ the pub, which would be my lil busking stand j outside heh. Lmk what you think whenever! (Btw, are you starjump on flounder??)

DF sounds like a sorta Plague or Nation States situation (both of which would prolly be fun to have a equivalent of over Gem somehow 👀) I'd love to give it a try, even if it might be a chaotic fucked up simants lolol

Oooh point and clicks, i love graphic and text adventure games. The way you're describin' it makes me feel like I'm about it hit up some Walking Dead, Life is Strange, and Detroit become human levels of sorrow and despair. I'm down tho, I love existential and mental thriller in my high concept story interactive video games.

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tetris
(Btw, are you starjump on flounder??)

Nope! Not even sure what two of those words mean :-)

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nsilvestri

My absolute favorite game of all time is Outer Wilds, and it's in no small part due to the soundtrack. I didn't think I'd ever consider a banjo the appropriate instrument for a game set in space, but its twangy intimacy really does underscore our place in the vast universe.

And then the DLC came out. Have you ever heard a theremin cry?

The rest of this comment is dedicated to encouraging anyone interested in a space archaeology game to play Outer Wilds. The only progression in the game is what you learn, and when you learn everything in the game you can beat it in under 20 minutes. For this reason, I can never re-experience it for the first time again, so I try to live vicariously and get other people to play it. Go in blind, don't do any research ahead of time.

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superfxchip

Yooo, this game seems so epic! Def got that no man's sky vibe to it, but so much more, and it seems like a lot to build off of too. The soundtrack, alone, is so ambient and deep. It gives it all a really eerie atmosphere, like an excitement but with daunting undertones.

Thanks for the recommendation. Hope I can give this a go sometime when I can.

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superfxchip

I'll check that out. I dig the imagery of space mixed with the wild west, the space cowboy. Seems interesting too, the music combo of space sci-fi and spaghetti western.

Gives me flashbacks of the TV show theme to Hitchhikers Guide also instances of Space rock that use western guitars in the background of cosmologic synth ambience.

The way the gameplay is framed sounds fun to lurk around and see what's there to find, which I feel like a lot of games these days miss the mark of. Stuff like Journey or No Man's Sky seemed to either embrace that approach or totally flub it up but it doesn't seem like one often taken, at least w.o the game tryna steer you in some way. |

Thanks for the rec, I'll give it a try. I'll report back once I check out the soundtrack too. Love me VG OST's.

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