is sega ruining VGM? (an analysis)

what i mean by that is making VGM that would fit more in a nicholas sparks movie!

they still do traditional game music but they also do a LOT of sparks-esque stuff too…

here’s some examples:

dreams dreams

(from nights into dreams)

kiss me sweet

(from sakura taisen 5: so long my love)

worth a chance

(from sonic & the secret rings)

etc

this is a problem for VGM traditionalists like myself

so how did this happen?

well you can thank the rise of vocal VGM for this!

that turned game music into every other genre

the success of vocal VGM is definitely problematic for the genre!

unfortunately there’s no way to reverse the effects of this unless video games were to go back to their 8 & 16-bit roots!

i am NOT saying that’s what i want because there are MANY good modern games (& good modern VGM) but i want modern game music to stand on it’s own without over-relying on love or break-ups!

the only developer left who still makes regular VGM is nintendo

they are keeping the regular kind of VGM alive which i commend them for!

however sega is only part of the problem…

the other part of this is square

(for once i am NOT talking about spongebob!)

rather i’m talking about the japanese game developer squaresoft!

they are known for their movie-quality games & vocal opening/ending themes which started with the PS2 game kingdom hearts which was well-known for it’s opening & ending themes

(“passion” and “simple & clean” respectively)

nights may have started this however it was kingdom hearts that REALLY got the ball rolling!

over-rated VGM: “dreams dreams” from nights into dreams

it seems like EVERY gamer & sega fan loves this song but i personally think it’s over-rated!

here’s why:

  1. it’s a love song
  2. it does NOT sound like something you would hear in a video game!

it’s easily naofumi hataya’s most over-rated composition & maybe even the most over-rated song from a sega game!

if you want to hear it i’m sure you can find it on youtube/niconico

(or just buy the original nights for dreamcast OR nights: journey of dreams for wii)

Is holiday music getting in the way of the mainstream success of VGM?

Every year after Thanksgiving the radio stations start playing seasonal holiday music which could be problematic for VGM fans!

Here’s why:

The radio stations are more willing to support holiday music than VGM when it comes to niche genres!

(not to mention holiday music gets all kinds of concerts solely dedicated to it while the only televised concert for VGM was video games live on PBS which isn’t going anymore due to lack of interest)

Personally I am sick of the same-old repetitive contemporary love songs I always hear during this time

Add to that the fact that this stuff is practically EVERYWHERE during the holidays (at the store, in the car, at school/work, on TV shows & movies, etc) & it’s easy to see exactly why I’m so sick of it!

Unfortunately since holiday music makes BIG money (especially for a supposedly niche genre) it won’t be going away on the radio anytime real soon!

(gotta pay royalties to all those top-40 singers’ record labels ya know…)

The way I see it playing the same holiday songs on the radio every year is no different than Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, & Disney Junior airing the same episodes of SpongeBob, Teen Titans Go, & Elena of Avalor respectively ad nauseum!

The only difference is this is once a year

Why do people want to throw their money at yet ANOTHER rendition of “Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls”, or some crappy saccharine contemporary top-40 “I want you home for Christmas” love song?

It’s getting old!

i know the holidays is known for it’s music but can they PLEASE ease up on it?

especially all the top-40 modern love song crap?

if the radio stations HAVE to play holiday stuff can they at least play something different for once?!

The main reason I started this blog was because I am fed up with how mainstream radio stations operate

This includes playing the same damn holiday songs every year!

I really hope things will start to change but as long as holiday music remains popular VGM won’t ever get it’s time to truly shine!

In the meantime if you are sick of all the holiday stuff like I am just listen to modern & classic ice & snow BGM as an alternative