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The history of video game music, through the medium of beer bottles

Walking home at 3 am one night, I heard the unmistakable sounds of lovemaking from a ground floor flat. I was disgusted. Mostly because I wasn’t walking home from a similar encounter. My mood was lifted shortly afterwards when I heard another unmistakable sound: the sound of Final Fantasy VII’s menu. Someone was clearly sorting out items or materia. My mood was lifted and I went home to play Pokemon with the sound all the way up.

There’s something familiar and comforting about video game music. It is just as recognizable as the artwork, and sets the tone in the storytelling just as a soundtrack does in cinema or TV. Even sound effects have a massive nostalgic attachment. If you doubt this, then set your ringtone to the Super Mario Bros theme tune or your message tone to the recognizable ping of Sonic collecting a ring and you’ll see.

We’ve seen brass bands and full orchestras playing video game music before, but never before have I personally seen this music played on bottles before. The Bottle Boys have put out this video below where they play a great mix of retro video game music. Sit back, relax and listen to The Bottle Boys blow into bottles and magically produce a history of video game music by hitting play. For the record, the only one I didn’t get was World of Warcraft. They should have had Halo in there instead; that’s what I use for my lonely walks home at 3 am anyway.

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