The video game industry is constantly changing, just as music, film, and other arts evolve with every new artist that touches them. Today there are thousands working in the gaming industry, but how do independent developers get their foot in the door? And more importantly, how do they find the financial support to develop and publish the game of their dreams?
The internet’s favourite duo and most adorable cartoons 2ToneDisco partnered up with Dreamcasts to create “Glimmer,” a chiptune / EDM track for the ages.
This week on Podcast, Engage! we talk about Mirror’s Edge old and new, games that didn’t stand the test of time, and introduce a new questions segment!
Toronto punk rock quartet PUP have released an awesomely retro-game inspired music video alongside ‘DVP,’the first single off their forthcoming album.
By: Ezra Shanto
Chiptune is a genre of music rooted in video games. Essentially, chiptune (sometimes called 8bit music, or chip music) is the use of 8 or 16 bit sounds, different digital instruments like trumpets or simple drums and other midis used together to create a song. Think the original Mario theme or Castlevania – they sound like instruments, only kind of compressed. To its very core the genre screams the NES – SNES era of gaming, and has seen a recent revival of sorts with modern games like the wonderful Shovel Knight featuring an “old-school” inspired chiptune soundtrack.
Retro Reviews is a new series I’ll be trying out as I take advantage of my enormous backlog of video games from over the years. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some old games from the past, taking into consideration the context of their release, but mostly seeing if they hold up and stand the test of time. And what better way to kick off this series than with a juggernaut title of the NES, the first Castlevania from 1986.
The Button Masher gang is back to recap January’s biggest gaming stories, as well as talk about why Mewtwo rules and why the world needs a little more Groose.
Plus, Corey tells Nic about his hands on with The New 3DS XL and The Order: 1886.
A little tune I whipped up to serve as an intro/ outro to our monthly podcast. Had a lot of fun making this mini track with the Korg M01d software on my 3DS.
Would be happy to create more chiptune-esque music if people were interested!