Music in Games

VIDEO GAME BOOK CLUB

Music in video games is just as important as music in film and television. A game’s musical score intensifies the emotions you’re meant to feel throughout the different points of the game.

I’ve been listening to instrumental music for many years while writing — jazz, blues, electronic music, instrumental rock but mostly film and television scores. It wasn’t until later on that I realized how many great video game scores exist.

John Williams has many recognizable themes in his movie scores (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and so many more). Think of shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld (Ramin Djawadi). In video games, we also have our all-time favorites and  recognizable themes (think Tetris and the Mario themes). Just by mentioning Halo, we can all hear that theme playing in the game menu.

The story behind the iconic Halo theme with Former Bungie composer Marty O’Donnell (from…

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