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  • Blog Post: Five Video Game Song Re-Imaginings Better Than The Originals

    Classic video game soundtracks are dangerous to play with. It's easy to change them considering the limited palette of sounds they were originally created with, but change them too much and they lose what made them special. Sometimes though, modernizing a soundtrack works, and hearing a classic video... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Guitar Hero’s True Legacy

    Growing up in small-town Alabama, country music regularly came blaring out of jacked-up pick-up trucks in the high school parking lot. Music that wasn’t “current” or “mainstream” didn’t get much air time. This was fine by me. In junior high and the early years of high... More
  • Blog Post: PvZ: Garden Warfare Composer McConnell Talks Music, Zombie Children

    Peter McConnell is among the most seasoned video game composers in the business. Not only is the ex-LucasArts alum’s wholly original work impressive, he’s an expert at diving into universes with established musical styles and infusing his own flavor. We caught up with McConnell to discuss... More
  • Blog Post: The Music Of Batman: Arkham Knight

    Note: The image above is from Batman: Arkham Asylum. You should know the name Nick Arundel. As Rocksteady's audio director and composer of their now Arkham trilogy, his work has contributed greatly to help define the studio's take on Batman. While he has previously worked with Ron Fish on the... More
  • Blog Post: Loving Katamari Damacy: A Retrospective

    When inserting Katamari Damacy into your PS2, the first thing you hear is the laid-back tune in the video below. I was sold from that point forward, and then the intro hits you like a ton of bricks. There is a crane carrying a turtle, clovers descending from on high, and pandas dancing around mushrooms... More
  • Blog Post: Music Of The Spheres: The Collaborative Soundscape Of Destiny

    Audio director and lead composer Marty O'Donnell is leaving the music of Halo behind and building a whole new aural world. Luckily, he has some company. Collaborating with the now in-house audio design lead and fellow composer Mike Salvatori and new partner, Paul McCartney, the three have created... More
  • Blog Post: The Secret Behind Shadow Of Mordor's Rhythmic Combat

    Few game studios have a dedicated composer working within their walls. Senior composer Nathan Grigg has worked alongside director of audio Brian Pamintuan at Monolith Productions for over a decade and their collaborative work style is readily apparent in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The demo of the... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Surprise Songs

    It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Surprise songs have been showing up in video games for quite some time, but it has become increasingly popular in this generation of video games. Sometimes they accompany secret areas, important plot moments, or they appear during the credits at the end of a... More
  • Blog Post: GI Show 159: Fuse and Anamanaguchi

    In this episode of the Game Informer Show, we weigh in on the new IP from Insomniac called Fuse before exploring the music of Anamanaguchi. With Matt Helgeson busy once again with top-secret business, video producer Ben Hanson is guest-hosting another episode. In the first segment we are joined by Dan... More
  • Blog Post: Places: Rayman Origins Musical Level

    Rayman has always been known for its unique level design and cute, funky storyline. With Rayman Origins, the art style crossed a threshold. The first musical level brings the game’s beauty out in sharp relief. Rayman is known for containing musical levels including drums with faces and enemies... More
  • Blog Post: The Worst (And Weirdest) Music In Gaming History

    If you're on this site, chances are you can hum a good amount of game music just off of memory. Hell, plenty of people who have never played a game in their life can instantly recognize the Mario theme. However, things aren't always as pleasant as exploring Zelda's overworld while listening... More
  • Blog Post: The Music Of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    From Henry Hatsworth to Madden, Gene Rozenberg has had a wild ride through the gaming industry. After the recent closure of 38 Studios and the cancellation of that team's MMO, Project Copernicus, Rozenberg traveled to Poland to become the audio lead on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While previous videos... More
  • Blog Post: Sound Check: The Music of Deadly Premonition

    Deadly Premonition became a cult hit when it released on Xbox 360 in 2010, and PlayStation 3 owners soon get to see why with the upcoming director's cut . Though opinions are divided with regards to the quality of Deadly Premonition's gameplay, the music is one area that most players adore. While... More
  • Blog Post: Where's My PaRappa The Rapper Sequel?

    Kick, punch, it’s time to bust rhymes. With a rapping dog, you’ll have a grand time. Pick up a controller to play and have fun. Keep up with the beat, until the song is done. Over 10 years since his very last game. It’s time for this pooch to rip off his chain. When it comes to rhyming... More
  • Blog Post: Game Music Spotlight: Lorne Balfe

    Lorne Balfe, who created the music for Activision’s upcoming Skylanders Giants, has a diverse resume in both video game and film, including such projects as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Skylanders, and Megamind . In the second of our Game Music Spotlight features, we interview Balfe about his... More
  • Blog Post: Game Music Spotlight: Jesper Kyd

    In our first Game Music Spotlight, we speak with acclaimed video game composer Jesper Kyd, whose music for games like Assassin's Creed and the upcoming Darksiders II is among the best in the industry. We spoke with Kyd about his inspirations in games and music, and learned about his approach to his... More
  • Blog Post: Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2011

    Many of the Game Informer staffers share similar passions to our readers outside of video games – whether that be films, television shows, books, comics, tabletop games, or watching clips of creepy people on YouTube. To round out our end of year coverage we decided it would be nice to share our... More
  • Blog Post: Music Game Video Special

    If you weren't aware, Annette Gonzalez has moved on from Game Informer to become the community manager for Harmonix's Dance Central series. So to congratulate her (and to test her skills at Frequency), we stayed late at the office to record this retrospective on some of the biggest hitters in... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age Composer Explains How To Elicit Emotions Via Music

    Award-winning composer Inon Zur started off his career composing for film and television with projects like Digimon and Power Rangers under his belt. Zur eventually made an unexpected move into the gaming industry and is now widely recognized for his work on Prince of Persia, EverQuest, Crysis, Fallout... More
  • Blog Post: Dead Space Composer Jason Graves Explains The Unsettling Score

    Award-winning composer Jason Graves has provided his musical talents to the gaming industry for the past eight years, and has successfully caused gamers to jump out of their seats with his work on the scores for the Dead Space franchise. The classically-trained composer explains what it takes to craft... More
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