Music has been an important part of video games since the beginning. From classic games like Pong and Tetris to newer games like Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, in some ways music really makes the game. Think playing Super Mario Bros. without the theme playing is the same? But can video game music inspire others to make music? For us here at the Arcade Archive the answer is a whole-hearted, yes! That is why we created this series of articles which will highlight some songs that are inspired by the video games we play.
For the Gamers (written by Ubernerd527)
For the Gamers, is from a Hip Hop Artist that gets his name from a classic game character. Mega Ran aka Random is a Philadelphia born Hip Hop Artist who started his career in 2006 with his debut album The Call. But in 2007 he decided to go a little different direction for his second album and took music from the classic Megaman games and uses them as beats for a lot of his songs. The album was a hit and gave Random a lot of press on the internet. But most amazingly of all he got CAPCOM’s blessing to use the music for future albums. For the Gamers is from his eighth album called Forever Famicom which came out in 2010 and was produced by K-Murdock of the progressive Hip Hop group Panacea. The album is mostly dedicated to classic games from the NES and Super NES systems. Classic games like EarthBound, StreetFighter 2010, Chronotrigger, Metroid, and others are used. The name of the title comes from Nintendo’s first system in Japan called The Famicom.
This was the first song that I ever heard from Mega Ran and I was really impressed. I remember listening to it at the end of a Podcast and afterwards reloading the Podcast and skipping to the end to hear the song over and over again. The song, which takes music from one of my favorite games, DuckTales (the original NES version) is dedicated to the Hardcore gamer. It really speaks to me a lot because of the verses in the song are things that I have done in my life as a Video Gamer.
My favorite part of the song is the end where Mega Ran lists off a lot of old school video games to the tune of The Moon level from DuckTales. This song I believe shows Mega Ran’s love for video games as well as Gamers themselves. I would really like to make this the Video Gamers’ National Anthem for I feel that I have to stand at attention every time I hear it. If you are interested in more music from Mega Ran please check out his website: http://megaran.com/