Video: The Ohio State marching band presents…your childhood

posted at 3:21 pm on October 8, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Consider your palate cleansed. As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major— I appreciate the hours of work that went into this (especially the 6-minute mark!) and love that the payoff is a viral hit for the band. Notice the roar of the crowd as it recognizes each new song and video game tribute. It’s like a nerd porn circle of life, in which playing a lot of video games in high school instead of getting social approval at football games leads to a perfect tribute to video games, which then leads to the ultimate expression of social approval at a football game. You earned it, Bandos! It’s like all those years wearing Mario-style polyester coveralls was just a really intense period of method acting for this very moment.

It’s up to a million views already, just two days after it happened, and on the long side for a hit YouTube vid, but stick with it if you want to see your favorite hits— HALO, Zelda, Mario, Tetris.

The Cal band did a similar performance in ’07, so I don’t want to leave them unmentioned. But the OSU one is more elaborate.

Exit question (Allahpundit ™): Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

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Ninja Gaiden NES version, FTW!! Awesome video!!

Tim_B on October 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Love it. I’d much rather watch stuff like this during halftime than listen to ESPN commentators. Amazing sync on the marching too.

Meric1837 on October 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I was at this game on Saturday night and the show was awesome! I loved how the band simulated a galloping horse! The video doesn’t do it justice. I attended OSU back in the mid 80′s and we love our band almost as much as the football team. OSU marching band is TBDBITL!!

GeorgiaBuckeye on October 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Made me miss my days at OSU – always loved watching TBDBITL! Go Bucks!

JeepGirl on October 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

TBDBITL!!!!!! If you are from Ohio you know exactly what that stands for!! There is no band anywhere that compares to this band. The Pride of the Buckeyes!!! (and how about that whomping on Nebraska!!??)

1nolibgal on October 8, 2012 at 3:28 PM

As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major

Shall we start a reward for the missing pictures campaign?

meci on October 8, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Exit question (Allahpundit ™): Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

Why is that bad? The scores on modern games are just as complicated and moving as anything Holst ever did. Have you heard the Skyrim theme?

Meric1837 on October 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Wait.. what happened? I went to the bathroom. Did I miss something?

faraway on October 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Exit question (Allahpundit ™): Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

It’s no different than baby boomers getting excited when they hear the Howdy Doody theme song. It’s just nostalgia.

Captain Kirock on October 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging also encouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

Fixed.

I’d gladly stake some of the orchestral scores from the games of the last decade against the sh*t regularly churned out by Li’l Wayne, and Katy Perry, and all those other vapid empty-headed “artists” who sing about getting laid and smoking pot.

KingGold on October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

When I was in high school (1997-2001) our band emulated Ohio State. We even did Script Ohio for homecoming. Of course that’s probably because our band director graduated from Ohio State and was a Graduate Assistant for TBDBITL. I’m sure my alma mater is probably still sending a steady stream of bandies to TBDBITL as it’s one of the best marching bands in the state of Ohio year in year out.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I didn’t get many of the formations, but very impressive.

Especially when they honored the smoo mustangs.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

They left out… “screech, screech, dee doo, doo daaahhhh… You’ve got mail”

faraway on October 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

South Carolina: This Band

George Bulldawgs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVe3wWo11a0

Right, MKH?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

My childhood? Where’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bozo the Clown?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Busy being part of this administration.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

MKH – I knew you were a kindred soul – ahem – drum major!

Rufus on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

That is pretty awesome and especially the horse.

We were at the game the previous week when the band and hundreds of alumni band members performed a simultaneous “quad” script Ohio…really cool.

OT-but somewhat football related -check this out and have a tissue ready.

A soldier surprises his wife and kids…..

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/10/terrific-soldier-surprises-family-at-usc-game-video/

CW on October 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Back during the days of Ozzie & Harriet (when I was in HS marching band), OSU was always one of the touchstones that we all aspired to.

Another Drew on October 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I have to say that after the band did their show, they did the script Ohio and some of the Nebraska players came out onto the field to do some warm-up work with the football right in the middle of where the band was working. The crowd booed them off the field! Very rude indeed!

GeorgiaBuckeye on October 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Have always been impressed by these college marching bands. All of them.
Favorite was the contest during the Grambling v Southern in NOLA.
Great stuff !

Jabberwock on October 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

No Metroid?

ahlaphus on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This is 100% awesome. Saw it yesterday morning on Deadspin and I’ve watched it several times. I am also an old marching band geek, and also a mom of a 19-year-old boy, so all those old theme songs just tugged at my heartstrings. I’ve seen the OSU band in person and it is definitely one of the best in the country. This may be the single best show I’ve ever seen, including drum corps (and I’ve been to DCI a couple of times.)

In my band years (1970s) we did TV show themes all the time, so I see nothing wrong with bands using video game music.

rockmom on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Busy being part of this administration.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Hater! What did Bozo ever do to you?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Who cares about the Marching Band. Their football team beat Nebraska . . .

Oh, YEAHHHHHHHHHHH ! ! !

listens2glenn on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Consider your palate cleansed. As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major— I appreciate the hours of work that went into this (especially the 6-minute mark!) and love that the payoff is a viral hit for the band.

Anyone else notice that since “American Pie” no woman admits to playing the flute in band?

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

The Ohio State marching band presents…your childhood

Sorry, MKH, but nothing here for me. The only “video game” of my childhood was trying to get the rabbit ears on the TV adjusted good enough so that I could watch cartoons on early Saturday morn.
Then, after that, for the rest of the day it was “reality show” time – go outside and play til it was dark!

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The Cal band did a similar performance in ’07, so I don’t want to leave them unmentioned.

The Ohio State Marching Band had a profound effect on the Cal Band…

At the 1950 Rose Bowl game, the Bears faced off against Ohio State University, whose band was the best of the Big Ten, a conference that traditionally produced America’s great college bands. The Cal Band was completely outclassed in looks, performance, and audience appeal. The episode had a profound effect on the Cal Band, but the game itself was only one of numerous factors that, within a matter of years, transformed the Band into something very different.

The Band drastically changed its approach to field shows after that Rose Bowl and introduced popular music to its shows the next fall. The newer music lent itself to choreography beyond traditional marching drills.

aunursa on October 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I also saw in the comments at Reddit that this is the first year for OSU’s band director, though he was an assistant for a few years. Even more impressive!

rockmom on October 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

My childhood? Where’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bozo the Clown?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Or the Beatles, the Stones, Get Smart and the Brady Bunch?

UltimateBob on October 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

How did they make the horse move like that? I wanna join the band now!
Sure hope their team won.

southernms on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

That was truly awesome, thanks for posting!

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

My childhood? Where’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bozo the Clown?!
Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Yup, indeed!
(I’ll leave the low hanging Obama-Bozo joke for someone else to pick.)

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

This was more like my kids childhood, so I recognized some of the video games, but not all.

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

…wasn’t good enough to go from the highschool marching band to the Big Ten…but I sure enjoyed that and appreciated the work involved!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

If you play that backwards, it says “Romney kills horses”

faraway on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Or the Beatles, the Stones, Get Smart and the Brady Bunch?

UltimateBob on October 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Partridge Family kicked ass on the brady bunch….I always wanted to push marsha down those stairs.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Did you see what happened during the South Carolina game? Warning, you *will* need a tissue or six.

_RobRob on October 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Hater! What did Bozo ever do to you?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

He went to Washington.

Besides, I was a Romper Room guy.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

y childhood? Where’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bozo the Clown?!
Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I was a mom before Atari games even came out. The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Lassie, Micky Mouse Club.

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

This was more like my kids childhood, so I recognized some of the video games, but not all.
scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I didn’t recognize squat, lol. But I appreciate all the work the band must have put into this production. Good job.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hater! What did Bozo ever do to you?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

He went to Washington.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Zing

Thank you and goodnight!

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

How did they make the horse move like that? I wanna join the band now!
Sure hope their team won.

southernms on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

.
It did, Saturday night against Nebraska. Great game !

listens2glenn on October 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

When I was in high school (1997-2001) our band emulated Ohio State. We even did Script Ohio for homecoming. Of course that’s probably because our band director graduated from Ohio State and was a Graduate Assistant for TBDBITL. I’m sure my alma mater is probably still sending a steady stream of bandies to TBDBITL as it’s one of the best marching bands in the state of Ohio year in year out.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Mobile, Clay grad?

Hootie on October 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Besides, I was a Romper Room guy.
cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

“Romper, bomper, stomper boo. Tell me, tell me, tell me, do. Magic Mirror, tell me today, have all my friends had fun at play?”

(Funny how those things stay with you.)

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major—

Band geeks of the world, UNITE!

And, MKH, as a Duke fan you should appreciate this:

Duke
University
Marching
Band

“We may be DUMB, but we’re not stupid!”

:-)

ITguy on October 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

My Nephew hated being in the TCU marching band for 4 years, but it was be in the Marching Band or get a loan and pay for college yourself.

Wallythedog on October 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Romper Room…didn’t they say the Pledge of Allegiance first thing?

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I don’t get it.

But then again, I was busy serving my country, fighting foreign wars, doing my best to keep my men alive, and earning a good living after 21 years in the Marine Corps.

But from the looks of things, it doesn’t seem like I missed much.

BMF on October 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Busy being part of this administration.

cozmo on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Not a chance! Rocky, Bullwinkle and Bozo are all American patriots.

The current regime…not so much.

Solaratov on October 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

When I was in high school (1997-2001) our band emulated Ohio State. We even did Script Ohio for homecoming. Of course that’s probably because our band director graduated from Ohio State and was a Graduate Assistant for TBDBITL. I’m sure my alma mater is probably still sending a steady stream of bandies to TBDBITL as it’s one of the best marching bands in the state of Ohio year in year out.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Mobile, Clay grad?

Hootie on October 8, 2012 at 3:49 PM

No, Marysville.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Boise State’s band needs to steal that horse bit yesterday.

SaveFarris on October 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

I was a mom before Atari games even came out. The Lone Ranger, Sky King, Lassie, Micky Mouse Club.
scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Watched them all, they were faves and have vivid memories from them.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Romper Room, that’s where I learned this

The hostess would also serve milk and cookies to the children, with prayer offered before eating. The famous Romper Room prayer went “God is great, God is good. Let us thank him for our food. Amen.”

Of course now they wouldn’t allow any of that. They probably couldn’t teach the moral lessons either, much less eat a cookie.

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Romper Room…didn’t they say the Pledge of Allegiance first thing?
scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Indeed, they did.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major—

Band geeks of the world, UNITE!

And, MKH, as a Duke fan you should appreciate this:

Duke
University
Marching
Band

“We may be DUMB, but we’re not stupid!”

:-)

ITguy on October 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hahahaha, I never thought about what Duke University Marching Band would be. I was in the Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB). I thought about going to Ohio State, but their marching band is all brass and I played the saxophone.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Of course now they wouldn’t allow any of that. They probably couldn’t teach the moral lessons either, much less eat a cookie.

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Pretty sure the prayer would be replaced with a plea for muslim tolerance (the only religion the msm and this admin. acknowledges as “worthy”)

and the cookies would be replaced with broccoli.

Otherwise….it’s probably ok.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The Michigan band is still working on ‘Pong’.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I watched it again, I can’t imagine how you’d get that many players to sync together for a performance like that, especially the horse!
Great job.

scalleywag on October 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major

I bet you were the hottest teen girl drum major in your whole school.

Possibly even on the whole planet.

In your next post referencing your high school marching band days — could you please tell us the one that starts out: ” This one time — at band camp…

 

grrrrrrr

FlatFoot on October 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I have never seen anything like that before.

God Bless America!

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM

The Michigan band is still working on ‘Pong’.
Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

That’s because the band director isn’t sure if they should do it or not. He keeps going back and forth on the idea.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I seriously think that is the best half-time marching band show I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen our Pride of Oklahoma do something that engaging and they’re really good.

I’m thoroughly impressed.

Boomer_Sooner on October 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Incredible!

FiveG on October 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

That’s because the band director isn’t sure if they should do it or not. He keeps going back and forth on the idea.
whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Zing. Rimshot.

Boomer_Sooner on October 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

That was way cool. Centipeded would’ve been icing on the cake!

SouthernGent on October 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

My childhood? Where’s Rocky and Bullwinkle and Bozo the Clown?!

Shy Guy on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

It would’ve taken too much time to replace the green turf with black and white.

Hollowpoint on October 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

I was at this game on Saturday night and the show was awesome! I loved how the band simulated a galloping horse! The video doesn’t do it justice. I attended OSU back in the mid 80′s and we love our band almost as much as the football team. OSU marching band is TBDBITL!!

GeorgiaBuckeye on October 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Me too! Was a great time. Hoping the state of Ohio goes “scarlet” here in a month. My wife is a grad student and we get lumped in with the freshmen and sophomores in the student section. Every game makes me feel like an old fogie, and also makes me question the future of humanity.

adurb44 on October 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Not my childhood-Pac Man came out when I was in college (not Ohio State)–but they must have spent hours on that production. That horse was amazing.

Beaglemom on October 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I’d gladly stake some of the orchestral scores from the games of the last decade against the sh*t regularly churned out by Li’l Wayne, and Katy Perry, and all those other vapid empty-headed “artists” who sing about getting laid and smoking pot.

KingGold on October 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

You said it. :-)

I’m always amused by how many people are caught off-guard at the quality of modern video game soundtracks. I guess a lot of them still associate video game music with the bloops and bleeps of the old Atari.

Doomberg on October 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I was a conflicted band geek.
I was in marching band for 2 out of 4 years in high school.
The first year I liked the director but I didn’t like the drum major.
Then the second year I didn’t like the director (he was new that year).
I always hated practices & rehearsals.
I loved performing and the cameraderie, though.

22044 on October 8, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Speaking as a former Purdue All-American Band sousaphone player, that’s great stuff and brings back a lot of fun memories.

fortcoins on October 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Impressive. I just wish it didn’t come with a spanking delivered to my home team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Yakko77 on October 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I’m always amused by how many people are caught off-guard at the quality of modern video game soundtracks. I guess a lot of them still associate video game music with the bloops and bleeps of the old Atari.
Doomberg on October 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Meh. I’ll take the bleeps and bloops over the gansta rap/screeching death-rock any day. Just another reason to not even bother with the games. Get enough of that noise the way it is, certainly don’t need it for a game.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Not the best video, but make mine the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHyha75oT-4

Beloved by the student body, nobody leaves the stands during halftime every week

chigger76 on October 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Sons grew up in the 70s, so I remember these games, big time.
Plus, we’re ALL big bandies, BEING FROM MICHIGAN, and all !!!!
;-)

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

As a DCI nerd for a bit of my youth, this gives me the warm fuzzies. Not on the technical side, of course; college marching bands can be pretty wretched sometimes.

They did render much of the Halo theme unrecognizable, but they kept their drill relatively straight and they must have practiced the hell out of that Epona formation, because it worked.

mintycrys on October 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

no woman admits to playing the flute in band?

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

TBDBITL has no flutes — only brass instruments plus drums.

It’s rare that the band is not better than the football team and Saturday night was no exception. Yeah, we won 63-38, but we made a lot of errors during the game of a type never seen when the band performs. They’re just good week after week after week.

While the football team can’t go bowling, I’m hopeful that someone will invite the band to their parade. They deserve it.

EconomicNeocon on October 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

No ‘Custer’s Revenge’?

JeremiahJohnson on October 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

South Carolina: This Band

George Bulldawgs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVe3wWo11a0

Right, MKH?

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Kinda sad…but funny as heck

Barred on October 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

It’s like a nerd porn circle of life

Leave the word “porn” to refer to pornagraphy.

davidk on October 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Ninja Gaiden NES version, FTW!! Awesome video!!

Tim_B on October 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Good man : D

I’m more partial the the third one in the series, though. Much more intense action! I love this vid, and saw it earlier today. BTW, gaming scores are friggin’ sweet.

robertlbryant on October 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I’d give up my right — to dot the “i”

Go Bucks

theblacksheepwasright on October 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Meh. I’ll take the bleeps and bloops over the gansta rap/screeching death-rock any day. Just another reason to not even bother with the games. Get enough of that noise the way it is, certainly don’t need it for a game.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

You’re not paying attention close enough then. Game SCORES are no different than scores for films. Fully orchestrated.

In game music, which you’re refering to, is different from a score. And not all games contain it. Usually when they do – usually – its appropriate for the context of the game.

MikeknaJ on October 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I don’t go to many football games. Exactly how drunk do you have to be to enjoy something like that?

logis on October 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM


Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?”

Two words. Nobuo Uematsu.

PXCharon on October 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Best damn band in the land. Could not be more proud.

The Schaef on October 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Another great college stadium moment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs-lrLfPqWU

West Virginia stadium after the WVU defeated Baylor 70-63. Striped stadium. Crowd sings Country Roads. As one the comments noted – why college football beats NFL hands down.

humdinger on October 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Go Buckeyes! A lot of people out there may not realize that we love our band as much as our football team (sometimes more, because they never get into trouble).

vermillionsky on October 8, 2012 at 5:16 PM

That’s not MY childhood…

disa on October 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

MKH – I knew you were a kindred soul – ahem – drum major!

Rufus on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

LIKEWISE!!

Stranahan Sr. High, class of ’74. MARCHING DRAGONS!!!

44Magnum on October 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Meh. I’ll take the bleeps and bloops over the gansta rap/screeching death-rock any day. Just another reason to not even bother with the games. Get enough of that noise the way it is, certainly don’t need it for a game.
whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

You’re not paying attention close enough then. Game SCORES are no different than scores for films. Fully orchestrated.

Well, considering “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” won an Oscar, that’s a mighty low bar. We’re not talkin’ Mancini anymore these days.

Usually when they do – usually – its appropriate for the context of the game.
MikeknaJ on October 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

If it needs music it ain’t a game. Unless you’re playing musical chairs, of course.

So, still it’s – meh, give me the bleeps and bloops of Pong instead.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

The Ohio State University supporters should be proud that they have a band with this kind of talent. How hard it is to make this kind of stuff work is underestimated.

Not that I’m okay with the Michigan dis.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

BTW- OSU can always fall back on their band when they fail to produce a team!

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM

If it needs music it ain’t a game. Unless you’re playing musical chairs, of course.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Or any number of rhythm games.

But games don’t need music, it’s just there for atmosphere or for effect. Movies don’t need music, either. Some games even use the lack of music to bring out subtle auditory cues to direct the player or serve as hints.

mintycrys on October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

Who is more talented at composing, John Cage or Koji Kondo?

Good Solid B-Plus on October 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

If it needs music it ain’t a game. Unless you’re playing musical chairs, of course.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

lol. You sound like my grandfather…

darn kids and their games with the music all loud and stuff!

MikeknaJ on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

chigger76 on October 8, 2012 at 4:26 PM

I’m with you. Brings goosebumps every time I watch them. But that was an extremely good show OSU put on.

Aggie85 on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

An artist can only work with the tools he is given. Some of the early video game composers did amazing things with limited sound cards. Not just the big names like Kondo or Uematsu, either. Some of the Amiga composers like Chris Hulsbeck, Tim Follin and David Whittaker did some incredible pieces that still hold up.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

If it needs music it ain’t a game. Unless you’re playing musical chairs, of course.
whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Or any number of rhythm games.
But games don’t need music, it’s just there for atmosphere or for effect. Movies don’t need music, either. Some games even use the lack of music to bring out subtle auditory cues to direct the player or serve as hints.
mintycrys on October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Well, it’s just IMO, but I just think video games are tediously and incredibly boring. I don’t know how anyone above 12 years would want to play them. I figure being forced to play one for eternity would be the worst punishment in the 9th circle of Dante’s “Inferno”.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

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