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Top Ten Video Game Music YouTube Performances

Television and mainstream media have long taken a harsh stance towards video games and the culture surrounding them.  They prefer not to talk about the medium as a whole, and when they do, they nearly always seek to cast video game culture in a negative light.  Long has video game music also been lambasted by the mainstream as a medium inferior to that of "real" music. Sure, game soundtracks started out on technically limited hardware, but those early hardware limitations often helped to bring melody to the forefront.  Game soundtracks have evolved leaps and bounds since those formidable years.  It has taken the gradual downfall of the mainstream media establishment and the rise of internet culture to bring video game musical scores into the mainstream, and ultimately it was the fans themselves that have stood at the front lines providing the performances of their favorite video game tunes for the world to hear in a new light.  Here's ten of the best performances to date. #10 Blindfolded Pianist - Super Mario Bros. Theme This started out on waaaay back in 2005. It eventually took off and turned Martin Leung into the original video game piano web celebrity. This status eventually led to him playing game centric events such as E3 the next year, followed Tommy Tallarico hiring him as the featured pianist for Video Games Live, a role he continues on and off again to this day. Read More


Capcom Slashing Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 & Other PSN Prices by Half, PS.Blog Contest

Capcom has revealed via the PlayStation.Blog that beginning today, they are offering Marvel vs. Capcom 2 by fifty percent for the next week. And following that? Another game each week, over the course of five weeks in total. $7.49 will get you MVC2, and on February 25th, the same price will net you Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. Following that, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix drops to $4.99 on March 4th, with Age of Booty and 1942: Joint Strike going for the same price on March 11th and 18th, respectively. Read More


Nintendo Download - 10/12/09: What Goes Up Must Come Downloadable

Ah, now this week provides an interesting treat for Virtual Console players. Fans of Capcom have been posting to the company's Unity message boards their desire to see the return of the classic Final Fight franchise which spun off of the desire to create a sequel for Street Fighter back in the day. And while this isn't the HD remix some have hoped for, at least it's something to check out, as Final Fight 2 is Nintendo's big VC release for the day at a price of 800 Wii Points. Better still, this one allows up to two players, versus the original's single-player action. DSiWare also has something with a retro sort of vibe in the 500-point "Pinball Pulse: The Ancients Beckon." And it's retro in more ways than one; besides being based on the classic game of pinball (whose history we've covered here), it also features a distinct Greek mythological theme. That's oldschool on top of oldschool. WiiWare also has Gravitronix for 500 points, but it's kind of tough to make out what you're getting into from the text alone. You're welcome to try, however, by reading the press release after the cut. Read More


Media: Oodles of Contra ReBirth Details and Videos

Last week brought a tear to my eye with the announcement (such as it was) of Contra ReBirth coming to WiiWare. And now, with the game scheduled to be released in Japan... huh, today, actually... we have tons of videos of the gameplay, plus details to boot! Vixy of Rockman Perfect Memories (via GoNintendo) claims to have beaten it already (which really leaves one to question the challenge level), and provides the following details. Read More


Capcom Explains Why Big Titles Aren't on WiiWare, Speculates on SFIV for Wii

Those of us who first experienced the joy of swinging from a bionic arm and blasting away the Badds in Bionic Commando mostly did so on the original NES. And among those who have remained among the die-hard faithful to the big redgray N, some may understand why the Wii won't get the new next-gen Bionic Commando, but have found themselves just a touch distraught that Capcom chose not to bring the remake of the original, titled Bionic Commando Rearmed, to Nintendo's little white box. But why? Capcom's Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development, Christian Svensson, explains that, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix's absence, and what bringing Street Fighter IV to the console might entail, after the cut. Read More