This post was originally published on the old Library of Game website in the summer of 2011.
Music is the shorthand of emotion. – Leo Tolstoy
In the visual and preforming arts, music has traditionally been used to underscore the emotions of characters, as well as creating an atmosphere, which allows for the audience to better understand the themes of story. This use of music however has been lacking in the video game medium. Most games simply use music as sound; it’s just there to ensure that the player’s auditory sensibilities are not lulled to sleep during the game. Only a few games such as Legend of Zelda and the Mario games have broken this mold. In recent years though, some games have been breaking the barriers between the more artistic film score world and the shallower world of video game score. Those games are Red Dead Redemption and L.A Noire.