This month, with everything going on in the world, the music videos we’re sharing are a little different. While we’ve showcased Peter Hollens’ and his family’s work before on the blog, a couple of his latest acapella compilations are parody snippets of songs with the lyrics twisted to remind people to wash your hands and stay home.
They’re silly and catchy, but the proceeds from the videos are also going to charities to help combat the virus. We hope you get a kick out of these videos and that maybe they made you laugh like we did!
We’re at the end of January already, and we’re hoping it’s more calming this month than the holiday rush from last month! To go along with the chill vibe and weather outside, this month’s music is a collection of some winter-like tunes from various Nintendo games.
This mix was compiled by the youtuber Vapidbobcat, a channel that creates all sorts of themed mixes and videos with video game music. The below mix is one of their newest, inspired by all the love that they had received from an earlier fall and autumn-themed mix they had created.
We hope you enjoy this video of relaxing Nintendo music!
With the holidays and cold season upon us (well, in our neck of the woods, anyway), we wanted to find some chill music — pun intended — to combat the stress that no doubts comes with Christmas, despite how wonderful the holiday can be.
We found the YouTube channel GameChops, a record label that offers video game music and remixes, mostly in the chill out and hiphop genres. It has tons of videos dedicated to high quality music from video games, and they’re definitely worth checking out.
We hope you enjoy this video of relaxing Pokemon music remixes!
Breath of the Wild was a bit of an anomaly within the Legend of Zelda franchise for many reasons, one of which was its soundtrack. While Breath of the Wild has its own unique tracks, it used more nature-sounding ambiance sounds as opposed to the more recognizable music that many other Zelda titles have.
Despite that, Breath of the Wild’s music is ripe for remixes just like the other games in the franchise. GlitchxCity has some fun remixes and music on their YouTube channel. Some of our favorites are the Pokemon-themed ones, but the Legend of Zelda music is great as well.
We hope you enjoy this remix of the Breath of the Wild Main Theme!
One of my favorite genres of video games is RPGs, mainly due to the storytelling elements and the choices I get to make while exploring said story. Interactive storytelling is on the rise in other mediums rather than just video games.
Has anyone ever read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s about a “fireman,” whose job is not to prevent fires but to burn books. One of the mindless ways of entertainment that is described in the book are these parlor walls, giant televisions that span across entire walls. The main character’s wife in particular really enjoys the programs, particularly some family sitcom-like shows that the viewer “participates” in by reading from a script at designated moments in the show.
I was reminded by that detail of the book when I saw that YouTube debuted a trailer for “A Heist with Markiplier,” an apparent choose-your-own-adventure YouTube series that will start streaming this week. Markiplier has reportedly done other choose-your-own-adventure series on YouTube, and I know Netflix has series as well that use the viewer’s input to help determine the course of the story.
Interactive storytelling is popular in its own right, and one of the reasons why I adore video games, even in games where the plot is fairly linear. To see that method used outside of video games — and the book series’ that made it popular — is interesting, especially with television. A click of a button to make a choice and alter the outcome of the show is something that I believe will become more popular as time goes on. Nowadays, people want the interaction and to be part of their favorite universes.
Still, I find it odd regarding television shows, as there’s not much for the viewer to do other than clicking a few buttons and making a choice here or there. Case in point, Rachel and I did a short review on Minecraft Story Mode last year for Netflix. It… wasn’t that great, but it could have been due to the story aimed probably at younger viewers than ourselves. We found it a bit boring and redundant with the choices, even if we admit that was well-done for the medium.
With that said, I suppose one could say the same for the visual novel genre of video games, a genre which I generally enjoy. It’s also probably why I’ve been enjoying Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a wonder what other kinds of shows that both YouTube and Netflix — and, presumably, other streaming services — will imbue with interactive storytelling in the near future.
What do you think of interactive storytelling in television and movies? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
This is a little something I found recently while hanging out on the Internet, as one does. I’m still really excited for Breath of the Wild’s sequel, and I’m eager to hear more about it!
Everyone remember the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer that was showcased at E3 earlier this year? We’re still super excited about it, and love seeing all the fan speculation surrounding the less-than-two-minutes trailer (especially “Hydrated Ganondorf”).
Earlier this month, there was a fanmade trailer for the Breath of the Wild sequel. The YouTuber actually specializes in making low poly models in the style of the N64 era, and seeing their talents in this mock Breath of the Wild sequel trailer is awesome. Quite a few of the comments on the video mention how the N64 graphics and music made the Breath of the Wild 2 trailer much creepier than the real trailer, comparing it even further to Majora’s Mask.
I found the trailer to be pretty impressive, especially since there’s a small gap in the trailer that the YouTuber created themselves so it better fit the timeframe. I hope you enjoy this as well!
What did you think of the fan trailer? Any predictions for the Breath of the Wild sequel? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.
Paper Mario is one of our favorite Nintendo RPGs with its unique graphics, simple story, and charming characters. The soundtrack is one of our favorites to listen to, as well, and one of the most iconic tunes from the game is Toad Town.
A few years ago, a trio of talented musicians came together and created a cover of Toad Town. The YouTuber known as MichelleHeafy was on piano while 8BitBrigadier played the flute. ThunderScott was, well… everything else. I’ll admit, I was really amused to see him use the triangle in the cover!
All three of these musicians have their own channels dedicated to covers of beloved video game music. We hope you enjoy their Toad Town cover enough to visit some of their other videos!
Lindsey Stirling is one of our favorite musicians at this time. She does violin, mostly electric violin, and we don’t believe we’ve showcased her here a couple of times before on the site, but it’s been a while.
While Lindsey does mostly original songs right now — her next album is actually coming out near the end of this September — she does have a few gaming-related music videos up on her YouTube channel. The latest one was done a couple of years ago for the game RiME. While we’ve never played RiME, the music was beautiful, and Lindsey did a video for one of the original songs, Forgotten City. We hope you enjoy it as we do!
This is a rather silly music video that Rachel discovered recently. Using assets from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, the YouTuber MaximumVolty created a music video to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”
While there’s no rapid sequences of flashing lights, as all the scenes come from the games themselves, there are some quick transitions to go along with the beat of the music, so please be careful if you are sensitive to that sort of thing. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy this!
About a year ago, we showcased a music video from a YouTube channel called CrazyGroupTrio, who did covers and remixes of music from video games. One album the artist has done is Temples of Ocarina, featuring songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Considering one of the games we’ve been streaming lately is Ocarina of Time, we thought we’d celebrate again how wonderful the soundtrack — and the plethora of covers there are — is. This particular song is for the Forgotten Wind Temple, a temple in the game that seems to have been cut out of or merged with the Forest Temple in the final version of the game. We hope you enjoy it!