Over the 31 days of October, we featured daily posts highlighting ghoulishly great game music. These spooky songs covered a wide variety of musical styles from several different consoles. Some of these tracks are classic themes, beloved by fans worldwide. Other tunes are very obscure and experimental, using the unique technology of a console to create a haunting or ominous mood. Altogether, these songs showcase the power behind video game music to engage players and instill strong emotions in listeners.
As a final treat for GIMMGP’s Spooky Games Month, we have collected all of the music featured in October into a YouTube playlist for your listening pleasure. Please enjoy these 46 spectacular and spooky video game songs with the embed below:
Just as there is a wonderful variety of video game music to be enjoyed, there are several excellent podcasts dedicated to the review and reverence of the medium. We covered a handful of worthwhile series during October, which have been collected below, also for your listening pleasure:
A relatively new series, Pixelated Audio highlights video game music as, “an attempt to bring music, history, awareness and some of the gaming culture to people that share a similar passion.” Hosts Bryan and James cover a wide variety of game music, including some particularly obscure and underrated tracks. Each episode is filled with interesting information on the game/topic being covered, along with each host’s obvious enjoyment and enthusiasm for great music. Also, their website features tons of excellent original artwork based on the games and topics. Episodes of note: a retrospective on the entire Punch-Out!! series, a showcase of the Pokémon Snap soundtrack and the sound technology of the Nintendo 64, and an exclusive interview with composer Peter McConnell about his work on Grim Fandango.
The Super Marcato Bros. (composers Karl and Will Brueggemann) discuss compositional and technical aspects of game music from all generations. So far, they have recorded over 180 episodes covering a variety of games, composers, and genres. These brothers bring a positive demeanor, interesting analysis, and a great selection of music to their podcast. Some episodes of note: an exclusive interview with Donkey Kong Country composer David Wise, a collection of excellent game music remixes, and a showcase of the variety of music from a particularly strong year in video game history, 1991.
VGMpire is a fantastic tribute to video game music of all kinds. In each episode, host Brett Elston features tons of music from a single title, series, or topic in the wide world of video games. Joined by a team of hilarious co-hosts, these video game industry veterans bring a fun and informative mood to every episode. Some episodes of note: a double-header of Parappa the Rapper and Um Jammer Lammy, a retrospective on the music from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games, and a showcase of composer Masafumi Takada’s work, which includes Killer 7, God Hand, and Danganronpa.