In 1985, irrepressible tabard-wearing Day-Glo British guitarophiles, Dire Straits, released their smash hit song 'Money For Nothing', subsequently depositing another gilt-edged riff of unimaginable durability into the Church of Rock's collection box. Furthermore, it was a significant moment in the history of the future - the seismic collision between the tectonic plates of state-of-the-art technology and the zeitgeist attention deficit MTV pop culture ushered in a new era of computer created music videos. If you have never seen this momentous - still respectable - angular synergising of virtual visuals and skin-tight audio, we suggest you watch it now (opens in new tab) before proceeding.
Fast forward over 20 years and dedicated geeks are making CPU-powered music videos for fun, using modding and in-game tools to create some awesome DIY musical accompaniments. For this unfathomably fulfilling diversion for eyes and ears, we've handpicked some of the finest - mostly - homemade music videos that the internet has to offer. Funny, stylish, offensive, serious, juvenile, cute... it's an eclectic mix and a poignant reminder of how far into the future we've burrowed since the right-angled charms of Money For Nothing. God bless rag-doll physics. And Mark Knopfler, the popular neon grandfather of the computer created music video.
Smile by Lily Allen | Video by EA
Yeah, we know a corporate-created promo isn't exactly a brilliant example of bedroom made media, but still... it’s Lily Allen singing in Simlish. It's so cute and cuddly we want to make love to a teddy bear.
La Ballade de l'Obsede by Richard Gotainer | Video by Phixor2000
French song about sex-obsessed pervert visualised using a ginger-bearded World of Warcraft dwarf.
My United States of Whatever by Liam Lynch | Video by Oddbrother
Anarchic anti-gaming establishment hyper kinetic Rag Doll Kung Fu amphetamine energy captures essence of pseudo geeky punk noise perfectly. Yeah. Whatever.