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The Grammy’s Give Games More Love

In video games on April 15, 2011 at 5:35 am

On February 16th, I wrote up a quick little post about Christopher Tin winning the first ever Grammy for a video game theme. The song in question, “Baba Yetu” was featured in Civilization IV. I am fascinated with the influence of the video game industry over popular culture, and I’m often amazed at how quickly it is growing. So, here I am prepared to write about some more exciting news from the Grammy’s when I noticed that fellow Bitmob-er, Alejandro Quan-Madrid beat me to the punch. Considering what I was finsta write, what Madrid effectively wrote, and the fact that I just used the word finsta it would be in everyone’s best interest if I pointed you to his article.

The Grammy’s are officially recognizing “Visual Media” in four categories – Best Compilation, Best Score, Best Song, and a confusing category called The Music for Visual Media. Although, Madrid generally believes this is a good thing, he wonders if this is simply an attempt to give Hollywood film composers who have composed video game scores – like Hans Zimmer, Bear McCreary, or Clint Mansel – an extra category to win in. Implicit in his article, is the million dollar head-scratcher: does a smaller, less orchestral score like Baiyon’s work in PixelJunk Eden have a chance against, say, Harry Gregson-Williams’ score of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot?

It’s a good article that has a few links to related articles from The Independent and Industry Gamers. If you’re interested, give it a read.

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  1. Thanks for the link! Sorry for beating you to the punch. You should have written your story anyways, since I’m sure you’d have your personal perspective and insight to add to it.

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