Music scores are arguably one of the most important, but most overlooked components of a video game. Often overshadowed by sharp visuals and complex gameplay mechanics, we find ourselves totally immersed.
We're pretty lucky at Square Enix when it comes to video game music. We've had over 25 years of beautiful Final Fantasy tracks at the hands of talented composers like Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. Similarly, Tomb Raider is receiving the five star treatment thanks to BAFTA-winning composer Jason Graves, who's at the helm.
As one of the distinguishing qualities of a Square Enix game it's only natural that we celebrate it. As many of you are already aware the Distant Worlds concert travels the globe, bringing nostalgia to thousands of gamers, under the expert guidance of conductor Arnie Roth. But that's not the only concert currently in production that puts video game music upon its rightful pedestal.
Final Symphony - another celebration of Final Fantasy music - is coming to London in May. And hands-up here if you're heading to the Zelda Symphony, also in May?
It's also nice that we're starting to see video game music slowly transcend to the realm of mainstream recognition. Take for instance the campaign to get video game music into the Classic FM Hall of Fame. Have you voted yet?
Anyway - the savvy readers among you will have no doubt guessed that this week's theme is all about video game music.
- What's your favourite music track from a Square Enix game and a non-Square Enix game?
- Have you been to a video game concert? What did you like about it and what did you want to see improved?
- If you could have a concert to celebrate the music of any game, which would it be?
As always, share your opinions with us in the comments. Feel free to discuss the topic and engage with each other’s ideas - but please be nice; there are no wrong answers.