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    Default Do you call Video game music, Video game music?

    While it may be from/made for a video game; wouldn't you think it'd also fall under the appropiate music genres?

    For example, sonic 2 dreamcast has a few songs that can be classified as pop.

    And what about some RPG's that really go deep with the music; such as Valkyrie Profile?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOe1tm-lJ4Y


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1ADL...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csrmyv09y9g

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    I call it video game music. Main reason is that unless you just decide to call it techno then you can't really differentiate each video game under one music category.
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    Most of Sonics music that includes vocals are remixed songs from other artist with the words Sonic thrown in there so they'll be considered "sonic songs". Not sure if this is the case for EVERY one though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richter Belmount View Post
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    So games that use classical music are now consideresd to be VGM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirbykirb View Post
    So games that use classical music are now consideresd to be VGM?
    Pretty much. Yeah.

    Here's an example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvYflh27Luc
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    They are Video Game Music in the way that Soundtracks are Soundtracks, regardless of what types or styles of songs they contain.

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    I just call it soundtracks, or BGM or whatever.
    I'm not fussy about it, but any time I hear someone call a piece of music with no vocals a 'song' I want to rip their fucking spleen out through their urethra.

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    I just call it game music/game track,if its from a specific musical artist thats different of course,so in the futuristic racer Wipeout i will refer to a track as the The Leftfield "Wipeout" track for example

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richter Belmount View Post
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    Nah, I call 'em Tendercrisps.

    Also, I refer to them as "BGM tracks" due to their usage as (in a lot of cases, sans title screens), well, background pieces. Another one is "background instrumental" due to the lack of lyrics, unless a YouTube user adds obnoxious, asinine lyrics into what was once a nice instrumental, then the results are called "armed ear assault."

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    Yeah, of course. It doesn't define the genre of the music itself, but it's a genre of some sort. It's also important to consider the medium of music because that affects its goal and composition. Music for the mainstream music industry, music for film and TV, and music for games all have to employ a different approach to be successful. And what makes them successful for their medium may make them unsuccessful in other listening environments, like when you have certain game music tracks that are great in-game but unpleasant on their own (although ideally I'd like to see game music that accomplishes both). It always really frustrates me when you see these guys that normally do film composition and they either don't know what the hell they're doing because they don't take into considerations the needs of games and/or they don't give it their full effort because they see game music as "lesser" than that of films (although the latter is a topic for another day).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flack View Post
    They are Video Game Music in the way that Soundtracks are Soundtracks, regardless of what types or styles of songs they contain.
    This.

    I actually have several video game soundtracks(most from the PS1 era) and despite the different styles they contain I just refer to them as video game music. I wish we received more video game soundtracks here in the US but until that happens I'll just keep buying imports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The 1 2 P View Post
    This.

    I actually have several video game soundtracks(most from the PS1 era) and despite the different styles they contain I just refer to them as video game music. I wish we received more video game soundtracks here in the US but until that happens I'll just keep buying imports.
    or you can listen to all your favorite VG music on the radio...

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    Thats interesting but I don't think they'd have all my favorite video game music on there.
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    I call it instrumental music, or keyboard music.

    Mostly because people will assume I am listening to endless loops of Metroid, Zelda and Final Fantasy tunes if I mention video games in the same conversation.

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