Episode 16: Sound Test

Whether it's a rocking battle opera or a whimsical atmospheric melody, video game music is a large part of the gaming experience.  Stay awhile and listen, as we discuss and play our favorite video game tunes.  Your ears will be pleased by the sweet melodies of yesteryear and today.

Show Notes

Games Discussed

DOTA 2, Monaco, Battlefield 3, Sim City, Kerbal Space Program, Space Simulator, Farm Simulator 2013, Sim Farm, Legend of Zelda: Major's Mask, Super Mario Brothers, Mass Effect 3, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy V, Mario Kart 64, F-Zero, Starfox, Mario 64, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Final Fantasy VI, Super Castlevania IV, Civilization IV, Punch-Out, Batman

Movies Discussed

Groundhog Day


Super Mario Bros.

Mass Effect 3 (OST)

Chrono Trigger (OST)

Legend of Zelda: Bolero of Fire

Ninja Gaiden (OST)

Final Fantasy V (OST)

Mario Kart 64: Rainbow Road

F-Zero (OST)

Starfox (OST)

Mario 64: Dire Dire Docks

Command & Conquer: Red-Alert (OST)

Final Fantasy VI (OST)

Legend of Zelda: Gerudo Valley

Super Castlevania IV (OST)

Civilization IV: Baba Yetu

Batman (OST)

Punch-Out (OST)




Heath's picture

just have to say sorry for like.. all like the likes like ok so like... thats what i get for thinking i could come up with a few things on the fly xD... hope its not to distracting
hatchethawk's picture

Picked FFV music over FFIV. Disappointed. I know James didn't like that rpg, but by far had just as good, if not better (blasphemy, I know!) music as FF VI. Granted FF IV was the first game I rented and played on the SNES and by in large the most game hours of any other game I played growing up. Maybe more "Nostalgia" attached to it for me.
Here's the whole sound track:

JaDe's picture

First things first. Baba Yetu didn't lose. It won the Grammy it was nominated for as did the full length album it's on, Calling All Dawns.

Second, great episode! I love all of the picks and can vividly remember those songs from years gone by. I particularly like the Mario, Zelda, and F-Zero music.

There are a few games I'd like to mention that you guys didn't talk about. Sim City for SNES was a game I played a lot and so that music in ingrained in my head. There's a playlist with all of the music on YouTube. Apparently I spent a lot of time in the Capital and Metropolis stages of city growth because I remember those two songs the most.

Then there are a few games for the PC that stand out to me. Lords of the Realm 2 has some of my all time favorite music. I remember reinstalling the game one time just so I could listen to it. Also, there is a bonus track(last song in YouTube link) that is absolutely hilarious. Besides that game all of the other games from Impressions Games had great sound tracks as well. Pharaoh and Zeus really come to mind.

The last game I want to bring up is Braid. The music for it is all licensed from other musicians and was not made specifically for the game, but damn does it fit well with the whole feel of the game. The best song is Lullaby Set by Shira Kammen and Pam Swan.