In 2018, the "video-game" has seen a huge increase in mainstream attention.
Children are learning dances from the online Third Person Shooter, Fortnite, and synchronizing to each other in brief passing, to the bewilderment of parents everywhere.
I bring this up, because it's clear that a new generation is growing up with video-games like I used to... except now, at a higher level, this is every. single. child. I envy that.
I remember the soundtracks to many video-games vividly. To the credit of the composers, they are both complimentary and tied to what the visuals are - how the individual feels in the moment while playing the game. I can understand how someone who hasn't experienced that moment, would not feel the same as the one who has... there's definitely nostalgia attached to video-game soundtracks unlike an album.
Take for instance, Mystical Ninja - Starring Goemon.
I loved this game as a child. The Far-East soundtrack, infused with heavy synth pop influenced beats would permeate my mind as I explored the in-game world, and as I walked to and from school.
Unfortunately, you had to OWN an N64 to hear that music. There was no (developed) internet to share or hear this game's soundtrack, and many would admit it's well made and catchy, but not phenomenal like I would personally advocate.
With E-Sports rising in popularity, filling stadiums and getting time in ESPN... where in the future will we be taken for competitive and casual gaming? Could the soundtrack of a video-game become more lucrative?
I always long for the days when a soundtrack had complete character, defined by the hardware's capability. The Sega Genesis contained the "YM2612" sound-chip... capable of FM Synthesis found in Digital Synthesizers. While the SNES opted for a Sample based hardware that continues to have debates today as to whether or not either had better sound quality.
Even games like Battlefield 2, compared to Battlefield 3... "modernized" where you can hardly hear the original melody, obscured by a technological "wub" kind of sound.
Maybe I'm just tied to Battlefield 2's theme... but I think it has a more memorable character to it than that of the recent versions. I'm not saying that many titles lack creativity, of course I've linked to a mainstream series... there are plenty of Indie titles that have amazing soundtracks. Such as "Undertale"'s Megalovania (also a great meme).
So, with that I'll leave you with the first album to inspire many video-game soundtracks.
Yellow Magic Orchestra created a series of pieces/songs in the late 70s that still sound incredible.
They were either ahead of their time, or genre creating geniuses.