Music – Five Random Selections from my Top 100 songs

I have no uniting theme for this month’s VGM Top 100 post, so here’s a random assortment of five songs I haven’t covered yet. Body Harvest – Indoor Theme (N64, Stuart Ross/Allan Walker, Midway/DMA Design, 1998) I adore this song. It’s such a melancholy piece of music, an indicator of how much danger and chaos…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 6) Aliens (C64)

6) Aliens (C64, Activision/Mr. Micro, 1986) Many of the games on this list are ones I couldn’t stomach playing for one reason or another. Flimsy controls, irritating mechanics, poor level design, unclear or obnoxious objectives, and excessive hand-holding are all factors as to why I would abandon a game prematurely. Aliens for the C64 (not…

Opinion: Five Great “Level 1” Tunes

Sometimes a game puts its best musical foot forward early on, launching the first stage with an amazing song that gets the player pumped for the challenges ahead. Here are five of my favorites (again from my Top 100): Batman – Stage 1/5 (NES, Sunsoft, Naoki Kodaka, 1990) For my money, nobody has been able…

Music: The Last Ninja by Ben Daglish

In particular, 4:21. The stage 1 theme is an absolutely amazing composition from the early days of the medium. It manages to create one hell of a mood starting out, and then it kicks into overdrive, launching a cavalcade of layers over the listener. I was blown away by this back as a kid, and…