To clarify, this isn’t about dialog captions, which are also referred to as “subtitles.” This is about the wastes of ink which game publishers love printing after game names. Take “Halo 3: ODST,” for example. “ODST.” What is that? It’s some letters that provide no information other than, “Hey, this isn’t the original Halo 3, it’s actually something a bit different.”
Game music has been a passion of ours roughly since, oh,
1985, but in the past 10 years, it’s come to mean something more. Don’t get us
wrong, we still love the beepatronic music of the 8- and 16-bit periods (and
the wave of chiptune artists it inspired), but the past decade has also seen
licensed music become a surprisingly important part of gaming. Sometimes, this
just means a selection of familiar hits to accompany our music games, but every
so often, a game will use licensed tracks to careful, brilliant effect – and in
the process, will expose legions of gamers to music they might never have heard
What follows are the games and franchises that have been the most
influential in bringing strange and terrifying new musical styles to gamers’
ears – and in the interest of making this our most self-indulgent Top 7 since that other one, we’ve
asked a handful of our editors to explain what made each one important to them
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What is your gaming age? Do you remember a time when everything was cartridges? Or cassettes? Have you always known DLC? Or can you recall a time when there was no such thing as a d-pad? Check out our special quiz to discover what generation of gamer you are (and hopefully have a few nostalgic laughs along the way)...
may not be Halloween just yet, but you can at least start prepping yourself
early. To help get you in the mood, we’ve brought together some of our favorite
Halloween-themed content from across the gaming spectrum in one video. Only a
few games over the years have actually taken place on the last day of October (although) some MMOs like to live it up with awesome Halloween celebrations, but plenty of gamers have picked up the slack by creating their
own custom content with mods for some of their favorite games. We’ve pulled
together some of the best of both, sotake a look and re-live some old favorites (or discover some new ones)!
App store too much of a burden to sift through? That's why we're here. We've gone through it for you and have selected 10 great games worth checking out...