It just occurred to me that there must be an entire generation of kids (they’re probably adults now) who only know Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, and other classical works, by their use on Lemmings. There don’t seem to be that many games using classical music these days, although I have to admit that I probably wouldn’t have noticed either way.
It’s strange – I make it my business to stay very up-to-date with the latest PC and videogame news, partly because I find it interesting and partly because I have the vague idea that knowing all this stuff may prove useful one day. Yet I don’t play computer games any more, with the notable exclusions of Dance Dance Revolution and Civ3.
Call me jaded, but I don’t think I’m missing much. It seems that most new games are just prettier versions of old genres; I don’t need to play Virtua Fighter 4 or Super Mario Sunshine (which are both very fun games) to know how things work. Games like Rez, Black and White and Halo are different, but then there’s only so much time in the day and money floating around. What’s a gamer to do?