Podcast Episode 3: Do You Have To Have Played The Game?

Episode 3: “Do You Have To Have Played The Game?” features Joe, Markus, and Simon discussing the question of how playing a game can influence the listener’s perception of a score. From the feeling of listening to music from a childhood game to the question of objectivity when reviewing a soundtrack, this episode’s speakers examine a fundamental question for any type of soundtrack: do you have to know the original context to fully appreciate a score? We’d love to hear your responses as well! Respond to the episode here, email us at podcast@vgmonline.net or tweet at us (@V_G_M_O) with #vgmopodcast for questions, comments, or suggestions.

The VGMO Podcast

Episode 3: Do You Have To Have Played The Game?


Markus Knabe-Roth
Simon Elchlepp
Joe Hammond

Emily McMillan

Emily McMillan

Track Credits:

The Binding of Isaac (Danny Baranowsky) – “Sacrificial”
Chrono Trigger (Yasunori Mitsuda, Nobuo Uematsu) – “Ayla’s Theme”
Cinders (Rob Westwood) – “Fairy Tale”
Command and Conquer 4: Tiberium Twilight (James Hannigan, Timothy Michael Wynn, Jason Graves) – “The Prophets’ Ascension”
Crypt of the Necrodancer (Danny Baranowsky, Jules Conroy, Alex Esquivel) – “Disco Descent”
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Jeremy Soule) –  “Under an Ancient Sun,” “From Past to Present”
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (Nobuo Uematsu) – “One-Winged Angel”
Lunar: Eternal Blue (Noriyuki Iwadare) – “The Last Battle”
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (Hans Zimmer) – “The Kraken”
Secret of Evermore (Jeremy Soule) – “Boss Theme 1”
XIII (Alkis Argyriadis) – “Tino’s Beat”

Opening Theme:

“Sonic’s Dilemma”, Renzo G. Heredia, 2016

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Posted on March 28, 2016 by Emily McMillan. Last modified on January 5, 2017.

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Emily McMillan

After graduating with a master's in teaching, I realized that I wasn't quite ready to leave video games and their soundtracks behind. I've been keeping in touch with the video game music world from Texas by working with VGMO and updating my own YouTube cover channel. I love the feeling that comes with the discovery of a brand new soundtrack, and always look forward to the next rekindling of that excitement. Along with teaching and writing, I also enjoy listening to film scores, classical music, and playing pretty much any RPG you can name.

2 Responses to Podcast Episode 3: Do You Have To Have Played The Game?

  1. Michael Hughes Michael Hughes says:

    Excellent work, everyone, and thank you for the track notes!

  2. First-time listener and great podcast. Been digging game music since the NES when I figured out how to connect it to my dad’s receiver and record it on tape. Also that chiptune bit at the end of the last song was more reminiscent a C64 from the 80’s rather than the 90’s, but otherwise good point.

    I’m putting together a classic chiptune and wavetable Icecast radio station at http://eightvirtues.com:8000/stream but it’s still just a baby and is evolving constantly including downtime. Major rule is no remixes (including “official”), only OST, so let me know what you think or if you have suggestions. I’m still pruning and adding.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. I feel less alone having people like you giving game music the respect and attention it deserves.

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