Top Five Video-Game Concept Albums
Video games are art now. The president said it and everything, so you know it's legit. That makes me very happy, because I do believe that games represent a specific medium of artistic expression. Anyone that argues hasn't played BioShock Infinite yet.
And like all good art, the best way to measure its legacy is to see how it has impacted other artists. Take the Bible, for example. Christian or not, you'd have to be a special kind of stubborn to deny that book has inspired some pretty impressive albums over the years. Atlas Shrugged, Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost... all are classics and each one of them has inspired musicians to craft an entire opus around them at one time or another.
So today we salute the games that have managed to do the same, and ended up as the muse for some killer concept records.
5. Mega Beardo, Belmont
Ryan Postlethwait, better known as Mega Beardo, is to video-game rock what Alex Day is to Time Lord rock; a talent so amazing that he actually transcends the geekery he started in. Check out his classical guitar covers of Mega Man 2 robot master themes some time, but first go hear the wonder that is Belmont. Based on the Castlevania series of games the work starts off sad with "Simon," but it quickly gets into ear-blasting metal that will definitely have you head-banging right away.
4. Buckner & Garcia, Pac-Man Fever
Video-game concept albums are actually over 30 years old. Not only that, but Buckner & Garcia scored a #9 single and a solid gold record with Pac-Man Fever in the early '80s. It wasn't a concept album about a specific game so much as a celebration of arcade culture at the time.
It's pretty impressive that someone managed to make minutes-long tunes around some of the most bare-bones stories in video-game history. I'm sort of surprised that some nerdy Broadway producer hasn't revived Pac-Man Fever in an attempt to make a dance-friendly show catering to the middle-aged nostalgia crowd. A love story set in an '80s arcade? The Midwest would throw all the money at that.