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The role music plays in making good games magical

Magical games (my description): games that I consider to have an ability to take you outside of yourself, outside of your life and problems, but somehow deep into your emotions and imagination, and to shine a wonderful light over your life....


About lovemana23one of us since 3:05 PM on 12.01.2008

Currently playing: (30-01-2010)

* Trials HD (PS2)
* Ikaruga (GC)
* Final Fantasy 12 (PS2)
* Burnout Paradise (360)

Whaddup. Came to Dtoid via RFGO. Love the shit out of it. I own a Snes (my all time fave...i`m with Chad and RFGO team in terms of games era enjoyment), N64, Gamecube, Gameboy Advance, DS, PS1, PS2, PC and an Xbox360. Would love a PS3, PSP etc. but my funds dont agree. I've also previously owned a Nes, Gameboy, Mega Drive, Amiga 500 and a (I hate to admit) 3DO too (it was my brothers actually). The Nes really got me into it all, and Super Mario Bros, though my earliest gaming memories are of Outrun in arcades when I was on holiday as a kid. I actually love games as an escape. Existential angst medicine of the highest order methinks, and food for the imagination. And thats perhaps why I lean more towards fantastical, metaphorical, arty games. Especially of the 2D variety. I`m far less inspired or engaged by realistic games. Specifically FPSs! It`s getting more and more questionable, as realism ramps up, why people even want to kill and maim other people in a simulated war. I liked Goldeneye on the N64, and played lots of Doom and Quake back in the day, but thats as far as it goes. I`m also really into anime, and have been subconciously into it since Ulysses 31 and the mysterious cities of gold, in the mid 80s, and then Akira in 92 got me conciously into it, and I realised I had loved this art style my whole life. I was part of the 'second generation' in the UK, and watched anime and mangas popularity sky rocket over the years, to my delight. Other small facts you may find interesting/annoying/cool are: never finished FF7; hated most N64 games (except Lylat Wars and maybe Banjo Kazooie....oh, alright, and Zelda OoT - but the latter not too much i`m afraid); didn`t play games at all between 99 and 01; I dj and make electronic music - minimal techno and house mainly (though if recent podtoid descriptions of techno music are anything to go by, a lot of you have NO clue what actual techno is and are basically lumping all dance styles together under the techno banner. Techno is like the SHMUP genre of the dance music world, whereas the remixes recently aired on podtoid equate to the FPS genre equivalent of the dance music world)

As a musician with a previous wish to be a game journalist, I look forward to airing some of my long held views, and some recent views, on this wonderful industry we all find ourselves engaged with, via the medium that is the high-awesomeness saturated blogosphere of Destructoid.

Games I love (in some sort of order, but barely):

Secret of Mana (along with FF6, the BEST game i`ve ever played, most engrossing, emotive (actually ff6 beats it on this count), varied adventure i have ever experienced.....and the music, oh my word!!!!!)
Chrono Trigger
FF4 (2 to you Americanos)
F-Zero X (F-Zero GX can fuck right off....its not pure blood!)
Super Aleste
Duck Tales
Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers,
Snake, Rattle and Roll,
The Legend Of Zelda
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
New Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 3
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2 - Yoshis Island (This game was the last game I played on the SNES at the end of its lifespan, and what a send off. Possibly the best designed platform gaming ever)
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 64 (my least liked of this bunch of mario games)
Super Mario Kart
Streets of Rage 2 (frickin love this game)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic Advance
Lost Odyssey
Final Fantasy 12
Dragon Quest 4
Super Monkey Ball
Sim City (Snes, and 2000 on PC)
Warcraft 2 (have yet to play the more recent incarnations.....lame i know!)
Super Probotector (Contra 3)
Turrican 2
Shadow of the Beast 3
Zelda:Ocarina Of Time
Gradius Advance
Project X (Amiga)
Banjo & Kazooie
Burnout 2
Burnout Paradise
Castlevania:Aria Of Sorrow (feckin awesome)
Castlevania:Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Portrait Of Ruin
Castlevania: Order Of Ecclesia (currently enjoying this tough, musically superb platforming delight)
Streetfigher 2 (various versions....i will kick your arse with Guile, believe)
Samurai Showdown
Capcom vs. Snk EO
Marvel vs. Capcom
Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader (I pity any star wars fans who`ve never played this!)

You get my vibe...i`m a 2D freak - especially platformers.......well, just all 2D actually. Lately the castlevania games on the GBA, played with my DS and on the GB player on GC, have been my 2D lifeline, after NSMB and before POR and Order of Ecclesia. If you have a GC get yourself a gameboy player, and play through Aria Of Sorrow for the GBA. A masterclass! I`m also a big game music geek.....especially the usual suspects: Michiru Yamane, Noboeu Uematsu, Hiroki Kikuta, Yuzo Koshiro etc. Also, European game music producers Tim Follin and the legendary Chris Huelsbeck (turrican series).

Outside of games, i`m an underground (as in niche, not living underground or anything) deep house and minimal techno producer who enjoys dancing, film, a bit (sometimes a lot) of philosophy, art, life, nature and existence. I reside in the shires of southern England (Hampshire to be exact), near the port city of, er, Portsmouth, and......erm.....its great!Except that its not that great. The English are VERY repressed you see. Most English people are more uptight then they ought to be!

And i`d only go to my myspace if you like electronic music, and underground dance music, because thats all i use myspace for, my music grind. Its not trash like you might think if your not into that: its not dumbass hardcore or weak-ass trance. Or the 'techno' that a lot of ignorant people think is techno (including the podtoid crew). You just will think 'what the fuck?'. Minimal techno is avant garde, quirky and a very, very acquired taste, and is meant for large, loud but refined soundsystems in big dark rooms for people enjoying 'altered' states of mind. So, dancefloors worldwide are, and will continue, to receive music influenced by Uematsu, Koshiro, Yamane etc, because these composers have affected me A LOT ;)