Pokemon Theme in 20 Styles of the Late 90s

Alright, so we found this fairly recently, and it’s both impressive and hysterical.

Here’s this guy with enough vocal range and musical talent to imitate the original Pokemon theme song in 20 different styles, all from the late 90s era. We’ll admit, we’ve really only heard of most of the groups that are listed (Kris more so than Rachel), but many of them are iconic to be recognizable.

His name is Anthony Vincent and his channel is called Ten Second Songs. He has a decent amount of videos, all boasting songs that he sings in various styles in one go. We hope you guys enjoy (or, at the very least, are amused) at his sheer talent!

What’s your favorite Pokemon song cover? What did you think of the video? Let us know in the comments!

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Legend of Zelda Ocarina Medley

Being fans of the Legend of Zelda franchise, when we were younger, we actually bought a couple of beautiful pendant ocarinas. We don’t play them very well, but it’s a fun souvenir that reminds us of one of our favorite video game series!

Recently we stumbled upon a new YouTube channel called STL Ocarina, a company that produces ocarinas and promotes them with beautiful music videos. Below is a Zelda Medley, with the musician being Lena Leclaire. We hope you enjoy the music and wonderful scenery as much as we did!

Have you been musically inspired by a video game series? What did you think of the video? Let us know in the comments!

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Top Tuesday: Zelda Soundtracks

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

After quite a while of playing, Kris and I finally beat The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. We’ve been playing it for a few weeks now and finally sat down to play through the rest of the game every day at the end of last week. We got into a discussion of the music at some point, of course.

So, here are my top five favorite Zelda soundtracks.

5. Majora’s Mask

Majora’s Mask is one of the most beloved Zelda games ever made. It’s similar to Ocarina of Time, which everyone loved, it’s practically a sequel and while the themes are dark, it tells a wonderful tale. Link goes through something that we all go through. To create different tracks for each species Link becomes as well as the dark messages that are sent is definitely a tricky one. The music fits the dark mood wonderfully.

4. Ocarina of Time

Ocarina of Time was the number one spot on my list for a while. Listening to The Lost Woods and Gerudo Valley (still my top two favorite songs) always put a smile on my face and I always hummed the tunes whenever and where ever. Of course, new game come out and new songs are created. But Ocarina of Time always has that nostalgia piece for me whenever I hear its songs.

3. Skyward Sword

When Skyward Sword came out, I know it was a hit or miss for a lot of people. Despite it being the 25th anniversary game, I know some people didn’t like the motion controls and some people thought the game was too easy to be a Zelda game. To be honest, Skyward Sword instantly became my favorite Zelda game because it was on the easier side. With it supposedly being the first game chronologically, I thought, why shouldn’t it be a bit easier? Especially since Hyrule wasn’t created yet.

But, I’m rambling now. The music in this game always gave me feels because it was brand new. The world of Zelda was new and exciting and waiting to be discovered. The feeling of soaring through the air on your Loftwing and then of course having Fi around–her theme song is the best–the music just makes you feel at home.

2. Wind Waker

The music to this game is so catchy and upbeat and fits in perfectly with the cartoon-look of the game. The whole atmosphere is bright and light-hearted (despite the content) and the music just flows right along with it. I especially love sailing across the water. The music makes you feel like there’s an entire world out there that needs exploring.

1. Twilight Princess

No, this isn’t my number one simply because I just played the game recently. This has always been my favorite soundtrack. The music everywhere you go in the game is simply wonderful. I found myself and Kris pausing our conversation just to listen to the music. Midna’s and Ilia’s themes are my favorite.

What are your favorite Zelda soundtracks?

More Than a Hobby

Double Jump Kris MiiHere we are, the last week of September. It’s certainly gone by fast, hasn’t it?

Ever had a quarter-life (or, for those of you who may be a smidgen older) or mid-life crisis? Ever get that nagging feeling that maybe you’re not doing what you need to do in order to get your life on the right track? Both Rachel and I have gone (and, at times, still are going) through that.  

As a kid, video games were just a hobby, a fun thing to spend our time on. I remember quite clearly spending my mornings before elementary school in the basement with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars on the television, going back and forth between eating breakfast and jumping on Goombas and Koopas.

Back then, I never thought that my passion for video games would grow so much.

Video games were what got me started with drawing, sketches of Sheik and my favorite Pokemon teams dominating my old sketchbooks. Video game fanfiction gave me the never-ending itch to write. Video game soundtracks helped me appreciate the intricacies of different types and genres of music, like symphonies and a cappella.

I started playing games when I was probably about four or five. Twenty years later, I’m blogging with my sister about what I love about these games, about how they can be improved, about virtual reality and 3D graphics and character development and story lines…

It’s a bit odd to think about, in all honesty. Growing up, video games were just a hobby. I figured my future job would have something to do with computers. Animals and criminal justice were up there on the list as well, but something with computers always dominated my mind, and really only because I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of desk job with other people around (go figure). There was barely an inkling of a thought to connect my love of computers with video gaming.

It was just a hobby, after all.

Now, it’s not just a hobby, they’re not just games. Writing, drawing, programming… all of my interests had pointed to the video game industry.

Well, better late than never in figuring it out, right?

Mood Music

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One of the most important aspects of a video game, in our opinion, is the music. The calming field tunes, the epic boss scores, or even the jarring silence in a cut-scene all contribute to the mood of the game and the player.

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I don’t think I’m come across a video game score that I didn’t like. There are so many songs that I could hum along with and tell you which game they’re from just from hearing the first few notes.

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Oh, there are plenty to gush about. My personal favorite is the Song of Time from the Legend of Zelda series. Nostalgia is my best friend whenever that tune plays in the air. Honorable mentions are the Super Smash Bros. themes, Fire Emblem: Awakening’s Id Purpose song, and Hikari from Kingdom Hearts.

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My favorite is definitely The Lost Woods from The Legend of Zelda, but I love all the Zelda music. Anything from the first Paper Mario game is high on my list as well. Then of course there’s other Mario games as well as Pokemon.

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Pokemon has some really good tunes, especially the Champion battles. Super Mario music is iconic, but I believe one of my favorites from that series is the theme of Star Hill from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. The songs are so iconic, bringing you right back to when you first played the game, to drumming up the excitement of being a part of that world again. Even games like Tetris have amazing music, to keep you in the mood to play, and I love it.

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Tetris is mesmerizing. Especially when Smooth McGroove sings the song. But I agree, our cousin and I were playing Super Smash Bros. Wii U the other day and were battling on the Kalos stage. The music made me want to play Pokemon X or Y again.

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Yes, the music just brings you right back to the game. Not only to the moment that you play the game, but also who you were playing with, the settings, all that jazz (no pun intended). Super Smash Bros. for the N64 brings me back to our paternal cousins’ basement, where I would argue and banter with our cousins about the characters in the game. The Clock Town theme brings me back to my best friend’s house, where Majora’s Mask was one of the two video games she ever owned. Fossil Canyon’s music from Diddy Kong Racing reminds me of when Rachel was just starting out playing video games, and she would accidentally vanquish all of our father’s attempts at firing missiles at her!

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Ah, nostalgia! It’s like when I hear music from Ace Attorney (I forgot to mention that one earlier), I get in the mood to write my mystery novel. Music is a special bond between the game and the player. And so much more.

What’s your favorite musical score or tune in a video game?

Defending Gamers

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday, everyone!

If you’re reading this post, if you follow this blog, then I assume you’re a gamer. You love video games.

And I’m here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with that.

There’s more to gaming than just sitting on the couch, snacking on potato chips, and staring at the screen all day long.

I mean, let’s be honest. If you were really a gamer you wouldn’t eat potato chips while playing. It would get the controller all greasy.

Anyway… Yes, I’m playing the game as my hobby, for my down time after a long day of work. I want to do something mindless, something fun. But it’s not just about staring at the screen and letting my mind go blank.

When I play a video game, I see a number of things.

Artwork and Graphics

Now that we’re in 2016 and we’re getting updated consoles, the video games coming out have been much more high-tech than they used to be.

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Take a look at Uncharted 4 by Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment for the Playstation 4. It’s release date was May 10, 2016 so the graphics are pretty high up there on the cool scale. I mean, just look at the cover. It looks like a movie poster!

The main character on the front looks so realistic and the gameplay to follow will only impress you more.

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Then there’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 way back in 1998.

The graphics aren’t as good as today’s games, but they’re still great. One, because they worked with what little technology they had at the time, and two, because they’re just old classics.

Music

How many of you start humming along during the opening of your favorite game? How many of you keep your character still in the middle of a scene just to absorb the lovely melody in the background?

Video games create the best music, in my opinion.

Take the Legend of Zelda again for another example. A good portion of the game is about Link learning music on his ocarina or his wind waker or whatever other instruments he tends to carry. They’re short melodies, but easy to remember, and everyone does remember them. The other music in the game is just as catchy and memorable; especially since they remix certain songs and mask it to put in the newer games. They recycle the old fantastic songs and make them new again.

And what about all those Mario games, huh? You can’t tell me that you don’t hum to that music or even mimic his voice.

Story

As a writer, I look for the plot in every single video game.

I’m being biased because The Legend of Zelda is one of my favorite video game franchises, but I think it’s the best example, so I’m going to use this game one more time.

To create such a complex timeline, memorable heroes, and villains, and overall just recreate the same plot, but just in a different light reincarnating your same characters is just… amazing.

When you play Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, each case is connected in some way allowing the player to fit the pieces together and have that “A-ha!” moment when they figure it out. The characters are easy to like and get along with and are perfect for the job of solving those ridiculous crimes.

There’s a lot that goes into video games that I didn’t touch upon, but graphics, music, and the writing are the three that usually get my attention.

It all goes into the “arts” category. Some people don’t believe that be a real “profession.” But if you went into a museum and saw a portrait of Mario hanging up on the wall, would you not consider it art because it was originally in a video game?

If you heard the famous Pokemon song playing on the radio, would you not consider it music because it was in a video game?

If you picked up a novel based on a video game (they’re out there!), would you not consider it literature because it was from a video game?

No. Because while playing video games is a hobby to me, I know that the game I’m playing is a masterpiece to those who created it.

What do you think about this? What are some of your favorite gaming graphics, music, and storylines?