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2:00 PM on 12.30.2013

Top ten game music tracks to get you pumped for the gym

Like our last issue of The Sound Card, which focused on music to sleep to, this has also been on my back burner for some time. I have over 300 tracks on my exercise playlist in iTunes, and a lot of that is game music. I thoug...

Jayson Napolitano

1:00 PM on 09.24.2013

Top ten game music tracks to sleep to

This one's been on the back burner for way too long. While most recent editions of The Sound Card have focused on a single game franchise, I've been wanting to get back to the good ol' "What's on your playlist" kind of posts....

Jayson Napolitano

4:00 PM on 02.24.2013

The top ten Contra songs OF ALL TIME

Castlevania. Mega Man. And finally, Contra. With this, my holy trinity is complete. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the greatest run and gun videogame series ever, Allistair Pinsof ranked the top five Contra games. ...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 12.16.2012

Sound Card 011: Ten awesome, underrated Mega Man songs

If it wasn't obvious from the many musical references throughout the series, the Mega Man games are as much about excellent tunes as they are about tried-and-true action gameplay. He's not called "Rockman" for nothing! But de...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 11.26.2012

Sound Card 010: Top ten game music tracks for Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And I truly believe that. While Thanksgiving is easily my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second, and I've always made an iPod playlist with tons of holiday music that I roll o...

Jayson Napolitano

4:00 PM on 10.31.2012

Sound Card 009: The top ten Castlevania songs OF ALL TIME

This Halloween, you might feel like turning down the lights and cranking up the frights with a run through of a classic game like Resident Evil or Silent Hill. But for my time and money, nothing beats the premier name in acti...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 06.11.2012

The Sound Card 008: The top ten best soundtracks at E3

E3 is a hard place to get a good sense of music in games. The show floor is generally so noisy that you’re lucky if you can hear the attendant next to you telling you how to play the game. Fortunately, game companies ar...

Jayson Napolitano

4:00 PM on 05.23.2012

The Sound Card 007: Game music on vinyl

It’s back! It started and ended in 2008. The Sound Card, I mean. Dale North started the series many years ago, and while it had a very short run, I was always a fan of the column which featured zany lists that included ...

Jayson Napolitano

3:43 PM on 09.19.2008

The Sound Card 006: The top ten rhythm games that don't use a plastic guitar

A rhythm game is a videogame that asks players to follow a beat and execute prompted actions like button presses (or guitar strums) at preset times. When you boil this type of title down to its core, they're usually not much ...

Dale North

5:36 PM on 09.12.2008

The Sound Card 005: The top ten most obnoxious game songs

Videogame music has come a long way, hasn't it? In the last several years, game music went from being noise in the background to being fully-funded, high-profile music good enough to stand on its own, sometimes rivaling even ...

Dale North

6:52 PM on 08.25.2008

The Sound Card 004: The 8 most f*cked up vocal remixes

Awhile back in an earlier Sound Card feature, we explained that the world of videogame music is vast. There's so many different genres and performance types that's its pretty hard to keep tabs on them all. Believe it or not, ...

Dale North

12:50 PM on 05.05.2008

The Sound Card Remixer Profile: Hyadain

Destructoid's weekly Sound Card Remixer Profiles highlights the works and music of the internet's game music remixers. If you've read our game music primer, you'll know that "remixers" are what the game music community calls...

Dale North

10:39 PM on 05.02.2008

The Sound Card 003: The top 7 most f*cked-up arranged game music tracks

The vast world of videogame music is scattered with plenty of really weird songs. And let's face it: there's some really weird videogames out there, like Namco's Katamari Damacy, that need equally weird soundtracks. That make...

Dale North

11:06 AM on 04.20.2008

The Sound Card 002: Interview with vertexguy

Around these parts we've always dug the work of guitarist and artist Chris Kline, better known as "vertexguy." Even in our earliest days we rocked out to his kickass versions of songs from Lords of Thunder and Contra, and we ...

Dale North

2:56 PM on 04.10.2008

The Sound Card 001: The Game Music Listening Primer

"Hey, I know this song! Isn't this from...The Legend of Zelda!?" "Wait, why are you listening to music from The Legend of Zelda?" Fans of videogame music (well, the non-closet variety) will tell you that they've been throug...

Dale North