Is video game music underappreciated? Probably and to be honest it’s really weird that people sleep on VGM (maybe people don’t but for the sake of this post they do). Video games have brought people plenty of classic songs to enjoy like Guile’s theme which also has its own meme and the Super Mario Bros. overworld and underground theme, seriously who the hell could forget those!? With classic themes like that which were chiptuned songs it makes you wonder how people don’t appreciate how far VGM has come (it makes me wonder anyway).
Fair enough, not everybody plays games and so not everybody is exposed to the awesome music that they offer but what about those who do play, is it possible that they play for the sake of playing and don’t care to listen to the music? Personally I can’t imagine what goes through the minds of these fiends, not listening to the music is just preposterous!
VGM reeks (yes I said reeks) of nostalgia and other good feelings just like music in the charts, to be honest there’s no reason why it shouldn’t have the same appeal as charting music. At the same time, it’s a good thing that not too many people listen to it because that makes it special and some people wouldn’t want it to go mainstream (whatever that means).
In all seriousness VGM will probably never hit the charts (and if it has I don’t know about it) but it still makes for good music to listen to, it might be an acquired taste (I doubt that though) which is why it doesn’t get the recognition that some forms of music get. It’s a shame that this is the case because as time goes on there will be more classics and VGM will only get better.
Whilst there are people who miss out on VGM, those who do listen to it deserve a shout out.
An example the awesomeness that VGM brings: