Best of 2012
It was great, albeit strange, year for game music. We heard a lot of amazing music from some unexpected places. It feels particularly strange to me not seeing any nominees from major publishers including Square Enix, Sega, Capcom, or Konami, but this is certainly a sign of the times. To emphasize this point even further, I can barely name more than a couple of the developers behind the titles nominated for best Soundtrack of 2012, and that's saying something!
I honestly don't think the readers here on Destructoid need any urging as to the importance of music in games, but hopefully this love of game music spreads even further, gaining further prominence in the industry and eventually extending into the mainstream as we're starting to see.
As a reminder, here are our nominees for Best soundtrack of 2012:
And the winner is ...
There were a lot of great releases this year, and trust me, we debated endlessly about our list of nominees, but when it came time to pick the winner, everyone here at Destructoid was seemingly on the same page.
I think Journey's whimsical yet emotional soundtrack is best enjoyed while playing through the game, but the glory of Austin Wintory's music is that it's so interwoven into the gaming experience that it not only tells the story on outside listening, but will also remind you of all the highs and lows you encountered along the way.
There are some seriously moving and memorable melodies here, but even those aren't this soundtrack's strongest point. The writing is thoughtful and elegant, while the performers really bring a whole new dimension to the score. For me and many other I've talked to, however, the music brings back such vivid memories of the game that I think of it as a faster and more condensed way to re-experience Journey, and the beauty is that you can do so without ever booting up your PS3!
Austin Wintory has a hit on his hands. I knew from the moment that I heard his work that this was going to be big, but now it looks as though Wintory will be up against the likes of John Williams and Hans Zimmer at the Grammys this year. Let's wish him the best of luck as he goes on to represent the videogame industry there.
If you haven't already, feel free to read our Journey soundtrack feature where Austin Wintory walks us through some of his favorite pieces from the score, and share with us your favorite musical Journey moments.
|2:45 PM on 04.18.2013|
Journey Collector's Edition makes its way to Europe
Journey was the little game that could -- the indie David that took on the triple-A blockbuster Goliaths of the gaming world...and won. It was critically acclaimed, won a plethora of awards, and perhaps most importa...more
|1:30 PM on 04.01.2013|
Journey devs cave with 'Rocket Death Match' DLC
On this fine April day, Journey developer thatgamecompany has uploaded an announcement video for a new add-on that seeks to please everyone who didn't enjoy the experimental game. Too little gameplay, you say? Not enough fig...more
|10:30 AM on 03.29.2013|
Journey inspired by World of Warcraft, loneliness
thatgamecompany founder Jenova Chen delivered a talk on Journey, right on the heels of a sweep of the Game Developer’s Choice Awards the night prior. Naturally, the room was packed full, and Chen received a lovely stand...more
|9:30 AM on 03.28.2013|
Journey kills at the Game Developers Choice Awards
Game of the Year, Innovation Award, Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Visual Arts, Best Downloadable Game. That’s 6 out of 11 total awards, and the game was ineligible for two of them (and I’m still not sure why ...more
|9:30 PM on 03.04.2013|
Journey composer shares a text commentary on his score
Leave annotations on for this one, folks. Journey composer Austin Wintory uploaded the entire Journey score filled with official and unofficial art, all with text based commentary popping up throughout this hour long listen....more
|6:00 PM on 03.02.2013|
Journey art director opens new studio, Giant Squid
Ask people the first thing they like about thatgamecompany's Flower and Journey and they'll likely respond: the art direction. But, maybe not anymore. Thatgamecompany art director Matt Nava left the acclaimed studio and forme...more
|2:00 PM on 02.11.2013|
Journey dev hints at next game, wants 'financial success'
At the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen spoke at length about creating Journey, revealing that the studio ran out of money after significant delays which ultimately resulted in the game many of us ...more
|6:11 PM on 02.07.2013|
Journey: Chen wanted emotional connections from MMOs
Jenova Chen admitted to being "a nerdy guy that likes to stay at home" during his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 talk on Journey, but he still wanted to connect with others, and hoped he could do so in MMOs like World of Warcraft. But ...more
|5:43 PM on 02.07.2013|
Journey took thatgamecompany into bankruptcy
Jenova Chen's D.I.C.E. Summit talk on my favorite game of last year, Journey, was moving for many reasons, but I was particularly moved when I heard that his team, thatgamecompany, went bankrupt in the struggle to finish the ...more
|3:00 AM on 01.10.2013|
Journey was the best-selling PSN game of December
On the PlayStation Blog, the top-selling PlayStation Network games of December have been compiled for curious minds to look over and commit to memory. Topping the charts is none other than thatgamecompany's Journey, beating o...more
|1:00 PM on 05.18.2013|
NPD: Injustice and Dead Island lead sales in April
[DC zombie sculpts by Casey Love Designs] The NPD Group released US sales data for April 2013 two days ago, but a complete lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Destructoid staff has delayed our posting it. Not our fault! Loo...more
|6:30 PM on 05.15.2013|
These are the 20 best-selling brands from this gen
[Update: Telltale is mistakenly credited for the LEGO games in the source report, but it should be Traveller's Tales.] French game studio Ubisoft released its fiscal year 2013 earnings earlier today, trumpeting its tidy profi...more
|10:30 AM on 05.15.2013|
Super Metroid is on the Wii U Virtual Console for $0.30
If you have a Wii U, run, don't walk to your GamePad and pick up Super Metroid on the eShop for $0.30 -- it should be live later today, unless Nintendo delayed it until the eShop update tomorrow. A timeless classic, Super Met...more