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1:09 PM on 08.11.2013

Top 5 Game Music of the 90s (you won't guess number one)

Video games can live or die in people memories based on their soundtracks, good music in a game can help immerse a player into a vivid fantasy world and dictate how the player feels. However bad music can take you right out of the experience and make a game feel shallow and empty.

The 90s was where I was introduced to games and found out just how important music can be to a games experience. One of the reasons the 90s was such a good period for video game music was due to the wide mix of 8 and 16 bit tunes on earlier consoles along with the newer console pushing more complicated and detailed compositions,

I have made the below list of my top  favorite video game tracks of the 1990s, these is my personal top 5 not the objective "best" if you disagree with any of the entry's that's fine but and please feel free to create your own. The only two rules I have used for this list are firstly I must of played the games in question and that there is only one track allowed from each game. With that said lets kick it:

5. Streets of Rage 2 - 1st Level

Oh dear god this song is soooo good, it's an symph/electronica wet dream, it is a very repetitive track but it goes so well with the first level design of the gritty city streets. I have lot of fond memories of this game and this song always pumps me up to eat turkey and fist some slightly androgynous Mohawk thugs ;)

4. Hydrocity Zone Sonic 3

This song is one funky motherf*cker, this has to be the best Sonic tune of all time for me, the level is fantastic and the music is so vibrant and just hops all over the place. Oh and there is a fantastic mash up to then fresh price of bel air so you know double the awesome  

Below are the two best things in the world mixed :)

3. FF8 Balamb Garden

How I love this game seriously wow, the best FF game ever made (yeah that's right f*ck you FF7) this song may not sound anything special to most people but to me it was the calming theme during the first game that I felt truly immersed in. This song makes me think back to the hours I spent on FF8 and how I felt as a wide eyed kid first exploring this amazing beautiful world.

amazing acappella version  

2. MGS1 Theme tune

The first game that made me realise how good games can really be, I don't use the word epic much as it has been hugely devalued over the years but this song along with my number one truly deserve to be called epic. MGS is a huge, breathtaking game with fantastic characters and story that were simply unrivalled at the time and this song truly matches it's greatness.

1. Soul Blade into music

Ok I know most people reading this right now probably can't believe this is number one, to most people there are hundreds of songs better than this but hear me out. Soul blade was the first fighter I played that truly felt like a battle between varied fleshed out characters, it didn't feel like each character was the same but with different hair they all had different move sets, personalities and detailed back stories. I actually gave a shit about Sigreied and his f*cked up past unlike games like Tekken where characters feel extremely shallow. Because I gave a shit about the characters and the world when the theme tune came on with a fantastic FMV showcasing all the great personalities I was genuinely excited to pick up the controller and play.

Bonus Track: Guiles Theme Street Fighter 2

Because it brought us this:

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5:40 PM on 01.14.2013

Sexuality in Gaming (First Blog Post)

I wasn't planning to do my first blog on sexuality in gaming, I wanted to do a video review or a video feature as I enjoy these more than writing but this bioware gay planet story got me thinking about sexuality in games in general and I had to post this as my first albeit very brief blog post. Thanks for checking it out:

I would like to take on the lack of LGBT characters in gaming in general. It is appalling we get all this "mature games" "emotional games" crap however no retail game has tangled with sexuality/gender in any significant way, the vast majority of times the only mention is jokes poking fun at the LGBT community.

I myself am gay and feel there is barely any representation in mainstream games for LGBT
people, I'm not saying every game has to touch on these issues but when you consider the amount of games out there and yet none of them allow me to connect with a gay love story that might engage me.

The SIMS no words but still a better love story than Twilight

It really is amazing in this day and age with art, movies, tv and music all tackling the subject (slowly but it's a start) that video games barley consider it at all. Yes people will say it's about selling games and most people are cisgender and straight but I will point to successes in mainstream media like Glee, Brokeback Mountain and Milk that deal with LGBT issues.

Glee may not be my favourite show but at least it's not scared to have diverse characters.

I believe that the people running these game companies are for the majority white, cisgender, straight men who are scared of losing sales by scaring what they consider their target audience - white, cisgender, straight men. Have they ever thought that they would get more sales by including other groups of people in their games, that the percentage of people turned off by diverse characters and storylines may be replaced by those who are intrigued to play a game that may for once represent their feelings.

Why not give it a try instead of churning out the same old stale shit that eventually puts your company into the ground, why not try something different with your characters instead of the same formulae of one stereotypical manly man after the girl, why not have someone transitioning genders trying to find themselves whilst fighting for the man/woman they love, that is a game that sounds interesting to me and sounds like nothing I have played before, I would much rather play that game then the next Halo or Call of Duty.

Not a single game with an interesting take on a characters sexuality/gender and yet this guy gets four? really guys!

At the end of the day my sexuality does not define me however it is a big part of me, of how I feel and what I think so I don't think it is out of line for myself or other LGBT people to be aggravated by not being represented by a medium that we have grown up with and are extremely passionate about. Why can't we be inclusive, who is being harmed by it, if you see two men/women kissing or gender identity being dealt with how is that going to hurt you, every game I play has straight romance and heterosexual couples embracing yet I don't automatically throw up or destroy the disc through anger. There is room in video games for straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues, we can have them all so why limit ourselves, it is a huge waste and it is alienating a large group of people.

I could rant all day about this and I probably haven't worded this anywhere near as well as I could or as eloquently as other people can but I feel strongly about this subject and I felt like I had to post it.

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