Video Game Music Challenge- Days 20, 21 & 22.

OK, I’ll admit it, I got a little side tracked and kind of forgot to do these posts. On the positiive side, this does mean you guys are going to get a big post todays, so enjoy!

Day 20: Music From A Racing Game.

Long time readers of this blog will know that I am not a huge racing fan. In fact, racing experience can be summed up in four games: Mario Kart: Super Circuit for the Game Boy Advance, Toy Story Racer for Playstation, Firebugs for Playstaion and Mario Kart Wii for the Nintendo Wii. As you can see, I have a lot of experience with the racing genre. So for this one, I’m going to talk about Firebugsas its probably the one that most people don’t know about.

Firebugs was a Playstation game that was only released in Europe. It was a racing game set in the future, where the vehicles are superfast and are able to defy gravity by racing on the walls and ceiling. I feel in love with Firebugs when I played a demo of it. There was one track in particular that stuck in my mind called Put Ya Hands Up by Bomfunk MC’s. This track suits the game perfectly, especially when you use the speed boost to go extra fast.

As I haven’t played many racing games, I would love to know your favourite tracks, please share them in the comments!

Day 21. Music You Associate With Frustration.

Let me start by saying I love Pokemon Blue and Yellow. Pokemon Yellow was the first game that I owned and the first game that I completed. However, both of these games had moments in them that left me completely frustrated as a kid.

The first two areas are pretty similar: Mt. Moon and Rock Tunnel. As someone who was new to the RPG genre, I wasn’t aware that you had to grind or properly prepare, I had watched the anime and thought you could power through any situation. So trying to navigate the twisty passages of Mt. Moon and Rock Tunnel with an ill prepared team led to some frustrating monets, especially as with Rock Tunnel you has to have a Pokemon that could use the move Flash to see the layout of the tunnel. As a side note, the first time I went through Rock Tunnel, I didn’t realise you had to use Flash, so I somehow manage to navigate it in complete darkness.I wish I still had that stubborn persistance… Anyway, you can proabably imagine how annoying the area music for these two places were, once you spent a good amount of time hopelessly lost within them.

Try navigating this in complete darkness! Image source: Strategy Wiki.

The other place that was equally frustrating as a child to navigate, was the Team Rocket Hideout. Now, you’re probably thinking that wasn’t a particualrly difficult place to get through, well little Thero disagrees with you. For some reason, those damn movemment tiles, that spun your character around the floor. As a child on my first playthrough, it took me ages to work out which ones I had to step on. The Team Rocket Hideout theme is just as annoying as the location its associated with!

What video game music tracks do associate with frustration? Feel free to vent your frustration in the comments below!

Day 22: Town/Village Music.

I love town music in video games. For the most part, towns and villages offer a respite in the action. In these locations, you can rest, level or equip your characters with better gear. So, with that said, let’s start off witha track from one of my favourite games, Final Fantasy X!

Image source: Final Fantasy Wiki.

The first village you reach in Final Fantasy X is Besaid village. This coastal village is home to a number of the characters that will form your party and is the starting point of Yuna’s journey. Despite being a pretty important location, its track called Besaid is a pretty chilled out tune.

Moving on from chilled out to creepy, we have the Lavender Town theme from Pokemon Red and Blue. Lavender Town is one of the more unsettling areas in the Kanto region- it is home to the Pokemon Tower, the final resting place for many Pokemon. Since the release of Pokemon Red and Blue, there has been urban legends and creepypastas written about this song. For me, it is an unsettling tuen that fits this sombre town perfectly.

Image source: Bulbapedia.

And the final twon theme I want to talk about is from another Final Fantasy game, this time from Final Fantasy XII. As alway with the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XII has some seriously great music to accompany it. For me, one of the best tracks is one that you come across quite early on, Streets of Rabanastre. Rabanastre is the first proper location of the game you get to explore and its a great one to start with. Its a large cosmoplitan city where many different groups call home. The track is just epic and hopeful which just what you want to hear when exploring this city!

Image source: Final Fantasy Wiki.

What town/village music do you like listening to? Share your favourites in the comments below!

OK, that’s the end of this mega long post! I’m sorry that there was agap in posting these but rest assured that we are now caught up, so join me tomorrow, when I’ll be talking about underrated video game music. See you then!

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