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I love gaming. I'm a fan of almost every console and I like many genres, with my primary ones being Action/Adventure, FPS, RPG's, RTS, & Fighting Games. Some of my favorite games/series include Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy, Fallout, Earthbound/Mother, Deus Ex, Chrono Trigger, Metal Gear Solid, Half-Life, Mario, Zelda, Castlevania, Contra, Mega Man, Metroid, Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Silent Hill, Star Fox, Starcraft, Unreal, The Witcher, etc. etc.
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I've been drumming for six and a half years now, and for the longest time I've really wanted to do rock, metal, and jazz renditions of my favorite video game songs. Bands like The Black Mages, The NESkimos, the Minibosses, The Advantage, Vomitron, Stemage, and The OneUps really inspired me and made me want to make my own beats to video game songs, especially from games that have yet to be covered, like the Breath of Fire series. So last year my brother got a nice, expensive Panasonic digital video camera and since the beginning of the year I've uploaded videos of myself drumming to my favorite video game music. With some songs I try to stay as close as possible to the original drumming but I do add my own stuff to a lot of it.

What I do with the SNES music is I use the emulator ZSNES. When playing a game, F5 through F12 turns off certain parts of the SNES' 8 sound channels. In Mystic Quest's case, I turned off F10, F11, and F12 to turn off the drums. I then started a battle, and used the program Audacity to record the song (just select "What U Hear" from the dropdown menu). When it's done recording, I export it as an .mp3. This is a great tool for those who want to focus in on a single instrument.

Here's all the links to what I've got so far. I'll admit that there are a few flubs in some of them, but I hope you enjoy them!

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 1 Drums

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 2 Drums

VGdrum - Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Battle 3: Dark King Drums

VGdrum - Earthbound (Mother 2) Pokey Means Business! Drums

VGdrum - Breath of Fire Beginning of Battle

VGdrum - Breath of Fire Battling Drums

VGdrum - Breath of Fire II Cross Counter Drums

VGdrum Final Fantasy 5 V Battle at the Big Bridge

If you're thirsty for more, here are my future plans in terms of song covers:

Mega Man X Medley
Breath of Fire II Medley
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time Medley
Secret of Mana
Castlevania II
Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES)

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