Video games and EDM music: obvious or forced marriage?
Technological advancements have led to the growth and evolution of video game music to a point where it includes same complexity and breadth associated with movie and television soundtracks, leading to more creative freedom. Game music currently includes popular music and orchestral pieces, as music can be heard in several video games. For instance, some music can be heard as a game’s title, bonus content and menu display on the screen. Some electronic music even continues throughout the entire gameplay. Integrating electronic dance music (EDM) in most video games have also made gaming more interesting as gamers can listen to some favorite background songs that intensify the feeling of the game.
There has been a coincidental correlation between video games and electronic music that there could be some underlying manner in which the two are interconnected. In most instances, the upbeat tempo of electronic dance music links perfectly with video games. For instance, thinking about video games and electronic dance music can be traced back to 1992 with some of the great contents being the original song used in Mortal Kombat, “Techno Syndrome”.
This thriller showed Oliver Adams’ and Praga Khan’s ability to incorporate perfectly electronic music into video games. Another perfect example of the use of electronic music in video games is by Deadmau5 and his big Space Invader tattoo found on his neck, his obsession with video games, trolling abilities and effortless confessions on social media. Have you also ever noticed the PLUR babies seen walking around in Pokemon’s great EDM music festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival? And obviously, think of all the Need For Speed… All these describe the perfect blend of electronic dance music and video games. Twitch, a streaming platform that is dedicated to showing gaming content integrated with a beta channel for performing and creating music has received so much credit as it concerns electronic music and video games with much Heart.
The increased correlation is evident amongst a great deal of DJs and producers via some thrilling EDM-video game crossovers. Apart from Twitch, a more than ever mingling of electronic music and video games is evident in other areas such as the 8-bit samples and chiptune to new partnerships with Monstercat and Ultra Music Festival. Another perfect mingling is the Legend of Zelda remixes by Zedd, which stood out as the most famous and popular musical themes in the history of video games up to 2011, resulting into a sweet ad exciting electro remix, which is both danceable and powerful. Basshunter’s anthemic ‘DOTA’ has been known as the greatest EDM and video games crossover of all time, with the club-ready hardstyle and cheeseball combination leaving millions of nerds the desire to dedicate their time to play DOTA.
However, some of the music fans who are still gamers do not totally agree with the perspective of the correlation between video games and electronic music. Some individuals argue that the presence of more competitive PC games currently and the need for tournaments looking for licenses for free or cheap music where most EDM collectives are cheaper could be the reason for the perceived correlation between EDM and video games. It is also argued that the fact that kids and most young people like EDM music and video games do not provide a substantial evidence of the correlation.
The current advancements in technology have led to increased use of the internet, immensely contributing to the current explosions of video games, dance music and the new aspect of video game content live streaming. This has also been perceived as one of the primary areas of focus as to why electronic music and gaming seem to go hand in hand nowadays.
The correlation between electronic dance music and video games seems to continue immensely in the future. It has become more interesting to witness two correlated things mature and evolve together as they simultaneously form a deeper and more interconnection between them, especially when the compilation is done by music and gaming gurus who deliver everything just so perfect.