I’m the Boss Music Video

It’s no secret that Rachel and I enjoy watching YouTube, our favorites mostly being gamers. Most of the videos that they produce are reviews or let’s plays, but there are a few out there who showcase their love of video games in other creative ways.

Below is a music video for a “villain boy band” called Big Bad Bosses. A few YouTubers personified Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda series, Bowser from the Super Mario series, Dr. Eggman from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and Sephiroth from the Final Fantasy series. Respectively, they are Satchell Drakes, Jirard Khalil, Alex Faciane, and Nate Sharp.

In our opinion, they sound pretty damn good, and their music video is amusing, to say the least. We definitely hope you enjoy their music as much as we do!

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Halo Theme by Lindsey Stirling and William Joseph

We’ve showcased a bit of Lindsey Stirling’s skills on this blog before, and we thought it high-time that we do it again.

Neither Rachel nor I have ever played Halo, but the music is often found in video game music compilations that we’ve seen around YouTube and Spotify. The music has always sounded epic to us, especially this violin and piano collaboration between Lindsey and William Joseph. We hope you enjoy the video down below and the music as much as we do!

Friday Favorites: Game Awards 2017 Moments

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The Game Awards have come and gone this year, and we really enjoyed the show. There are a few parts, however, that still stand out to me. Here is a list of my favorite parts of the 2017 Game Awards.

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Orchestra Performance

I’m an absolute sucker for the music in video games — soundtracks are what I listen to all the time, so much so that I don’t have an answer whenever someone asks who my favorite singer or band is. I would adore it if the Game Awards orchestra decided to tour. Hearing the mash-up of video game music, especially with Tina Guo on the cellist and a live performance of “Jump Up, Super Star!” sung by Kate Higgins, was amazing!

Best Student Game and Best Independent Game

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are the three biggest names in the video game industry, with good reason. However, it gave me warm and fuzzy feelings to hear the awards for Best Student Game and Best Independent Game. Celebrating the future of the gaming industry and those who will keep the industry moving forward is awesome, and the winners certainly deserved their awards!

Carol Shaw

I’m appalled that I have never heard of this woman before the Game Awards honored her with their Industry Icon. Carol Shaw was one of the first female programmers and she worked for Atari. Seeing a woman being recognized for her work and inspiration to others in the video game industry was phenomenal, and learning about this trailblazer was the highlight of the Game Awards for me. And the standing ovation that she received? Absolutely heartwarming.

What were your favorite parts of the Game Awards? Any moments that especially stood out to you?

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Winter and Holidays Nintendo Music

There’s a YouTube channel that specializes in posting hour or so long videos of tunes from video games. Generally it’s more relaxing music, music that allows you to do your work with minimal distractions, which is what we tend to do when playing this YouTube channel on in the background.

The channel is run by someone who simply goes by the name Luigi. The compilations are something that he puts up mainly for fun rather than money, so there’s usually little to no ads to interrupt the hour-plus long videos of music.

This particular video of his encompasses winter themes from a plethora of Nintendo games, and is the most recent video that does so. He lists the tracks in the description of the video, if you’re interested. We hope you’re having a wonderful December and that this music keeps your mood festive!

Super Mario Symphony

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Kris and I recently had the chance to see Symphony of the Goddesses, a Legend of Zelda symphony. It was absolutely amazing and we can’t wait until they come around again. There’s also a Pokemon symphony as well that we hope to see someday. While we keep our eye out for that one, we recently found out that the producer of Symphony of the Goddesses, Jason Michael Paul, has proposed a Super Mario symphony tour. He’s not sure if it will get approved, but we hope it is!

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We found the article through Gamnesia, where Paul was quoted speaking of his hope to have a Super Mario Symphony. Considering how serious Nintendo is about proposals such as this, I suppose we’re very lucky to have the Legend of Zelda symphony! While I’d rather be in Hyrule than the Mushroom Kingdom, the music is one of my favorite aspects of the Mario games. I would adore hearing old tunes, such as music from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, from a full orchestra. Star Hill, Forest Maze, the Smithy boss fight… All epic music that would be amazing to hear from an orchestra!

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Anything live with a full orchestra is amazing, let’s be real here… Mario music is awesome, but Paper Mario? Paper Mario is the best. I get those songs stuck in my head all the time and I would love to hear that live!

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Paper Mario does have some great tunes, yes. And then Super Mario Odyssey? The music was my favorite part of the game! They’d have so much material at their disposal for a symphony. The article mentioned that Paul also was thinking of a Super Smash Symphony, but even he admitted that it would be a bit too much. He’s thinking of doing Elder Scrolls, and I’m thinking I would love a Fire Emblem Symphony.

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Odyssey would be great. Even just hearing the old school Mario music would be so nostalgic. I would love a Smash symphony as well as Fire Emblem. I’m not too familiar with Elder Scrolls, but music in video games tend not to disappoint. If anything, I would love a Nintendo symphony where they have mixed music from all sorts of games and series.

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A concert with mixed music sounds similar to what a Super Smash Symphony would be. There are a few artists on Spotify — Braxton Burks, Eric Buchholz, String Player Gamer — who have put out some fantastic orchestral tracks for Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros., to name a few franchises, but it would be even better to see and hear the music live on stage!

What other symphonies would you like to see? Do you hope they add a Mario one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker — Great Sea Cover

Why, yes, it’s another Legend of Zelda music cover! The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, has some of the most impressive music to go with its cel-shaded graphic style. Longtime Zelda fans were able to pick out strings of familiar music in the game’s locations from previous Zelda games, smiling at the nostalgia-inducing melodies.

While most Legend of Zelda games have a song for Hyrule Fields or another similar “hub” area, the Wind Waker had the Great Sea. Some folks found the sailing from island to island to be a bit tedious, but the music still invoked that same sense of adventure as the previous Hyrule Field melodies have done.

Josiah Everhart is a YouTuber who mixes his songwriting talents with his love of video games. He has a plethora of video game covers, along with some brilliant original work, and one of our favorites is his cover of the Great Sea. The cover includes guitars, some guest drum work, and the lyrics that Josiah wrote and sings himself. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Super Smash Bros Medley

Today we’re showing off another amazing fan cover of Nintendo music. String Player Gamer has been on YouTube for ever ten years producing orchestrated versions of video game music covers, original music, and the occasional song in a random genre. Diwa de Leon is the mastermind behind the String Player Gamer channel and specializes in string instruments (hence, the YouTube name), such as the violin, guitar, and the hegalong, which is a two-string guitar from the Philippines.

String Player Gamer was known for this Mini Mario Orchestra, showcasing how much effort, time, and talent he pours into these productions. However, while the quality of his recent videos has certainly not diminished, String Player Gamer has stopped his Mini Mario Orchestra as a precaution for his career about two years ago when the Nintendo company went took a rather aggressive stand on copyright issues. While the Mini Mario Orchestra is missed, String Player Gamer’s music is still phenomenal.

Down below is an older video, a favorite of ours, that uses the Mini Mario Orchestra for the Super Smash Bros. series. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and, if you’re interested in some of his more recent work, check out his collab with fellow YouTuber Jayhen for their vocal and guitar cover of Super Mario Odyssey’s theme, “Jump Up, Super Star!