Ben’s 10 Volume XLVII: Mysterious Video Game Composers

Unfortunately, it seems the composers of many classic video games have been overlooked. Not enough credit is given to those creative geniuses who soundtrack electronic games. I’ve decided to highlight some of these talented genius’ finer works.

Meatloaf – Diablo 3
I don’t know if Meatloaf actually scored Diablo, he just seems like a beefy dude that would love to nerd out and play games.

Olivia Newton-John – Wii Fit
The ‘80s power pop queen who brought us “Let’s Get Physical” certainly is no stranger to a thorough workout.

Johann Sebastian Bach – Pong
Apparently, composed during his minimalist phase, this soundtrack consisted solely of tiny “bleeps.”

Slayer – Castlevania
Who better to score an evil game than the band that wrote songs like “Hell Awaits” and “Angel of Death.”

Miles Davis – Call of Duty
For such a heavy, violent game, it’s odd that such a mellow jazz cat would take the time to write its soundtrack.

Cannibal Corpse – Pokemon
Why the editors of a game featuring the adorable Pikachu and friends would select songs like “I Will Kill You” is beyond me.

Liberace – PAC MAN
When the flamboyant entertainer wasn’t performing his elaborate shows, he was writing music to accompany popular ‘80s video games!

STRYPER – Contra
Who knew such a wicked game was scored by a bunch of cheese-dick Christian-metal dudes?

 Silverchair – Sonic the Hedgehog
When they weren’t busy defiling the genre of grunge, the popular Aussie group was writing tunes to accompany Sonic and Tails!

Indigo Girls – Tomb Raider
Laura Croft’s adventures were accompanied by the soothing tones of the Indigo Girls.

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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