Video Game Music - How to Create a Timeless Theme - Extra Credits -

Video Game Music – How to Create a Timeless Theme – Extra Credits

Extra Credits
Views: 1085531
Like: 27914
What makes a melody memorable? Is modern game music as catchy as the chiptunes of gaming past? We explore some of the key composition elements that are found in all great video game music.

Subscribe for new episodes every Wednesday! (—More below)

(Original air date: September 22, 2010)

Get your Extra Credits gear at the store!
Play games with us on Extra Play!

Watch more episodes from this season of Extra Credits!

Contribute community subtitles to Extra Credits:

Talk to us on Twitter (@ExtraCreditz):
Follow us on Facebook:
Get our list of recommended games on Steam:

Would you like James to speak at your school or organization? For info, contact us at: [email protected]

♪ Intro Music: “Penguin Cap” by CarboHydroM



  2. I just got an idea now. thanks for giving time on this to help us

  3. Why did I get goosebumps when I heard GLaDoS singing…?

  4. Haha were are my 1% mongolian throat singing gang

  5. all of these music sent shivers up my spine in excitement

  6. I'm sick Of the live orchestra! Every modern video game music that uses a live orchestra sound the same and not unique. The same orchestra config the same percussion. A vintage general midi synth has more character to its sounds and plus effects that enhance its character.

  7. This just reminds me that halo3 is the best game ever

  8. Still waiting for the animation video, dude

  9. Human are a lot lazier now, people se to put in more effort to help an individual concept ARISE. PEOPLE WHAT MORE MONEY TO USE A SKILL NOW. To many sankaras .

  10. Oddly I’ve never played halo and I know the theme

  11. simply said the themes aren’t simple repeating beats that get in your head anymore

  12. "We got symphonies!"

    Jonathan Joestar: "hold my orchestra.."

  13. Listening to those tunes makes me realize that each generation is imprinted with their cultural music! Millennials and Beyond will never get goosebumps from hearing Mario's and Sonics theme like Gen-X does!👊😆

  14. These were all great. But anybody remember ragnarok online’s ost?

  15. When I hear people use the wrong super Mario theme I genuinely die inside a little

    (The bad rip)

  16. Would rather go back to this (80's game music) or this (new music)
    Me: both both is. Good

  17. If you want a good example of memorability and immersion, there's probably no better example than Hollow knight, that game has an awesome soundtrack

  18. i guess this is why the prologue song from firewatch sticks with me. it’s really simple, just piano and guitar

  19. I… uh… have never even heard the Halo theme until now.

  20. These songs give me full body goosebumps

  21. wtf with the cat piano the piano make the cat go MEOW with screw in the cat tail

  22. 4:05
    Video : Starts Playing SMW Overworld Theme.
    Me : Holy Crap He's Right.

  23. Ahead of it’s time in terms of halo theme recognition

  24. Note: Music, especially pop music, compared to now, was much more varied and unique. Depending on the definition of better, it might've been. At least I can't find any good new songs to replace all the AC/DC, Metallica and Iron Maiden from my playlist.

  25. I have made a game like pubg, means open world exact pubg but unfortunately I have given many jungles and radio mines around the area but the main theme is copy cat. The halo reach main theme.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.