Screengrab via Seth Everman/YouTube

YouTube musician illustrates the generic synth glory of ’90s video game music

Ah, the sounds of childhood.


Sarah Weber

Internet Culture

Published Nov 4, 2016   Updated Feb 28, 2020, 9:11 pm CST

If you played a lot of video games in the late ’80s and early ’90s, you’re familiar with a certain language of synthesized sound that punctuated games of the era. 

Early video game music had a dual purpose. It helped us understand what was happening in the game—a happy jingle might mean you found treasure—while also providing an entertaining, if incredibly repetitive, backdrop to the action. A YouTube video posted by musician Seth Everman illustrates just how deeply these game soundtracks are embedded in our brains. 

You could probably guess what each musical interlude means without the cues in the video. Underwater world? Check. Boss battle? Check. Unskippable cutscene? Check. 

Truth be told, we’d probably listen to a whole album of this stuff. There’s nothing like some hearty nostalgia to elevate seemingly monotonous bloops and bleeps into the beloved soundtrack of our childhoods. 

H/T Nerdist

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*First Published: Nov 4, 2016, 3:57 pm CDT