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The Positive Games Thread
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:35:54 AM »
We all know that games are the easiest possible medium to be hateful about, whether it's the shit munching Stockholm Syndrome fans, the blood-sucking cybernetic publishers, the lazy self-aggrandising devs or simply the fact that the games themselves are pretty much one massive, ever-growing pile of mindless, derivative shit straight from the cunny farm. But despite that, games, deep down we still love you, games, or we wouldn't even be here or in bad credit card debt.


So let's gather round, friends, for a positive chat about games and all the reasons we really love games.


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- Nobuo Uematsu's soundtrack for FF7 makes me want to live long enough to exhaust how much I can listen to it and enjoy it. It's as much the soundtrack to my life as Bugsy Malone or AnCo. Dark, brooding, rich, delicate, goofy, gorgeous, plaintive. Every time I hear that plinking plonking synth wind up, I feel the teenage hopes and dreams and anxieties for what's to come. Listening now makes me feel the same way about life.
« Last Edit: June 09, 2019, 09:43:57 AM by The Boston Crab »

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2019, 10:22:08 AM »
I'll say the same for FF VIII and IX too. Some of the best video game scores going.

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019, 10:44:18 AM »
I have to admit I've never actually finished (or even got halfway through) a Mass Effect game, but I love the soundtracks. Jack Wall did #1 and 2 (also Myst 3 & 4, which are great soundtracks), and I just looked it up - Clint Mansell (among others) was involved in #3.

If I ever actually played the Mass Effect games I probably wouldn't be as wowed because I'm too familiar with the soundtracks.

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019, 01:28:37 PM »
The soundtrack to everybody’s gone to the rapture is pretty spectacular - that part where you go into the third act type thing and the Welsh male voice choir chants up - what a joyful, surprising Sunday afternoon first play through that it was

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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 02:12:05 PM »
- Nobuo Uematsu's soundtrack for FF7 makes me want to live long enough to exhaust how much I can listen to it and enjoy it. It's as much the soundtrack to my life as Bugsy Malone or AnCo. Dark, brooding, rich, delicate, goofy, gorgeous, plaintive. Every time I hear that plinking plonking synth wind up, I feel the teenage hopes and dreams and anxieties for what's to come. Listening now makes me feel the same way about life.
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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019, 02:14:11 PM »
I'll say the same for FF VIII and IX too. Some of the best video game scores going.
Some of them are even "better" than FF7, technically. But it's FF7, with its exact PSX instruments (no remade versions thank you) that is actual magic. A genuine spell. A benevolent nostalgia witch was invited on an episode of Knightmare and she spellcast "FF7 MAGIC".

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2019, 02:27:47 PM »
I think that Persona is one of the better pieces of entertainment that address the anxiety of the world today particularly concerning the youf.
MHW is pretty ace, cooperating with folk around the world, tacitly understanding each other and destroying the enemy that wants to kills us- nature.

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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2019, 05:53:54 PM »
I think I enjoy the card game music in Witcher 3 more than any other part of that game. Big, daft, rousing, OTT soundtrack for what is just a couple of sweaty blokes who stink of shit playing cards in a muddy village.

This is all music isn't it? Here's a visual thing (though accompanied by perfect dialogue): the first glimpse of Rapture in Bioshock. Perfect prelude with Andrew Ryan's bombastic monologue, followed by a fucking breathtaking glimpse of this mad underwater world, surrounded by whales and robot octopus things.

But that's on rails, isn't it? This isnt: when I first played GTA: San Andreas, I got that initial "flee the gangsters on some bikes you nicked" mission absolutely perfect. Wheeling around cars, looping over that overpass, and fucking gasping - properly gasping - when the VINEWOOD sign emerged over the crest of a hill. Every time since I've fucked up and gone careening into/under every vehicle in a five-mile radius. But that first time... oh, that first time.

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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2019, 06:04:29 PM »
I think games, and in particular Nintendo games, have probably brought me more hours of joy, satisfaction and hype than any other art form. I've never got bored of them, never lost my giddy excitement at what's coming next, never lost my sense of wonder at the best of them. In fact, perhaps through relatively careful selection, the games I've played have had a general consistency of quality that is absolutely lacking from the music, films, TV, books that I've experienced in my life. Whereas I've watched a lot of shit or very mediocre films, for example, I've played very few bad games, and considering how many I've played, a surprisingly low number of mediocre ones.

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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2019, 07:33:22 PM »
I really like how in one of the Sly Cooper games his pal Bentley ends up in a wheelchair and for the rest of the series he remains a full third of the heist crew, cutting about on wheels and being just as class as he was before.

Can't think of too many examples of shit like that in games that are aimed at kids, and I've never stopped being amazed at it.

I never played FF7 but used to watch a pal play it, so I have sort of borrowed nostalgia for the Fighting/Fanfare cut from the soundtrack which makes me feel lots of things even though none of them are related to playing the game.

I'm a soundtrack nut too though (favourites are Super Hang On, Megadrive version, and Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha) and have more game music on my iPod than anything else. The stuff sends my wife mental though.

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2019, 10:57:37 PM »
The final ending of Nier: Automata gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It's the most moving thing I've ever experienced in a game. I don't want to say too much because I can't do it justice, but the way the music changes when the other ships join is just incredible. Then, finding out that everyone that joined deleted their save data so they could help you, and you have to make the choice whether to do the same thing. It's something you couldn't get in any other medium and really reaffirmed my love of games, although it did make it hard to play anything else for a while.

Edit: To stop this from being too soppy, I want to add that I also love scoring a fuck off belter out of nowhere in rocket league.

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2019, 11:00:52 PM »
Great call my man. Totally with you on Nier:A. It blew me away and had me in tears and then happy laughter.

Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2019, 12:06:09 AM »
Great call my man. Totally with you on Nier:A. It blew me away and had me in tears and then happy laughter.

I'm interested to know where the game falls on your scale, the rules of which escape me at the moment and I can't find the thread I originally saw them in. I lurk a lot more than I post!

Just watched a video of the ending again, I'd forgotten how it opens with those defeated sounding '8 bit' chords. Definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of any game. FF9 is obviously the best though...obviously.

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Re: The Positive Games Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2019, 07:14:24 AM »
That Automata ending is amazing. I'd planned to go back and do the last few quests, but after that ending I didn't want to play it any more. It was such a good ending, why mess it up doing some side missions and shit afterwards? It was perfect as it was.

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« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 03:19:28 PM »
I'm interested to know where the game falls on your scale, the rules of which escape me at the moment and I can't find the thread I originally saw them in. I lurk a lot more than I post!

Just watched a video of the ending again, I'd forgotten how it opens with those defeated sounding '8 bit' chords. Definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of any game. FF9 is obviously the best though...obviously.

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