No one could’ve predicted that the gaming niche would have its own independent music space. It’s been over 50 years, and the music in video games has evolved drastically. From 1972 to 2020, there has been a complete shift in paradigm, which can be accredited to the amazing technology. The progress is a result of an increase in the number of output channels, improvements in the quality of sound, and the rise of DAWs.
Digital Audio Workstations have turned this industry on its head. And you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy these tracks. There are plenty of amazing tracks that are as good if not better than iconic movie scores. One of my favorite tracks of all time is ‘Legends Never Die’ from League of Legends 2017. I am growing fascinated with OSTs and licensed gaming music. As a keen reader of articles on human behavior, I’ve learned a lot about the role of music in games. And based upon my research and the journals I referred to, music does have a great impact, and it also determines your mood.
Today, we’re going to review one of the most popular game music communities on the internet – r/gamemusic. On this platform, you’d find amazing content uploaded by players, creators, composers, remixers, and other people involved in gaming.
My recent experience on r/gamemusic
The most recent post that I upvoted was an Original score uploaded by a user called TensionSpice. He added a YouTube link with a caption ‘Friend made this Kickass Western-Inspired Track For My Upcoming Game – Gunslingers of the wasteland vs. The Zombies from Mars’. I was shocked to see that this post had two upvotes and no comments at all, though it was posted 24 hours ago. The track was amazing, and I really wished that more people could hear the track, and so I even shared it on my social profile.
About r/gamemusic – Community & Members
r/gamemusic is a community for creators who love video game music. You can listen and submit to a new or old original game score. If you love nostalgic old retro video game music or modern-day orchestral scores, you’ll fall in love with r/gamemusic. The community has 91,200 members, out of which 100-200 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on March 31, 2010, and has developed into an amazing producer and listener-based community.
How to access r/gamemusic?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/gamemusic’ in your search bar and join the subreddit; however, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/gamemusic
At the time of writing this review, I found five moderators on r/Videography – ‘psycosulu,’ ‘NickTheNewbie,’ ‘OpOrtsac,’ ‘Seris,’ ‘Draskon,’ and ‘Bullican.’
Why should you follow r/gamemusic?
There’s no dearth of quality content on r/gamemusic. There are original scores, remix/cover, ost, playlist, and various news on this sub. More than 100 posts are updated each day. There are budding as well as experienced composers who share great music on this platform. The creativity of the members of this community is underappreciated, mainly due to a lack of interaction. On average, the top post of the day manages to surpass 50 upvotes. As for the content variety, you’ll find reviews, remix, cover, OST, playlist, announcement, news, and much more. Even if you’re slightly interested in gaming music, this subreddit will keep you hooked.
r/gamemusic is not the most active community, but it does possess quality content. The frequency of posts is excellent, but not many people interact with each post. The engagement rate – upvotes and comments are not good. Even the likes of r/anime and r/movies attract better user interaction than r/gamemusic. The average comment ratio on each post is no more than 2-5.
Browsing & Playback
A benefit of being a part of a small community such as r/gamemusic is that you can have a great browsing experience. Most of the scores that are shared on the platform are from YouTube, and thus you don’t have to worry about playback issues. I streamed on this platform for nearly an hour, and I spent 80 MB listening to music tracks on this subreddit. If you have limited data, I’d advise not to stream this sub using your internet connection.
A particular aspect that I liked a lot about r/gamemusic in the chatroom: there are five different chat rooms – General Chat, VGM: OST & Remix, Gaming, Any Music, and Advertise. There are more than 100 members in each community. Based upon these rooms, you can understand that this sub caters to a larger audience with preference to producers looking to share their music. By being a part of a certain room, you’ll be able to make the most of the opportunities that come your way. Before moving ahead, I’d like to share certain points about each room.
1. General Chat: Just a general chat, Self-advertising will be removed; please use the other rooms – 517 Members
2. VGM: OST or Remix: Use this to share music from video games or to share your favorite remixes of VG music – 137 members
3. Gaming: Talk about video games in general – 139 members
4. Any Music: If it’s not VG OST or Remixes, it goes here – 95 members
5. Advertise: Plug your work here, whether you’re making a video game, music, arts and crafts – 171 Members
Release and Upcoming Albums
Another impressive section on the website is the ‘Released and upcoming albums.’ As a game developer, this is something that will help you a lot. Under this section, you’ll find various recent releases such as – Pixel Mixers – Donkey Kong Country Album, Overclocked Remix – Arcadia Legends, and Multiplayer 4:Rescue. New music is updated each week, and it’s incredible for developers looking for a copyright-free sound.
Filter by flair
Love the filter by flair section on this sub. There are seven options – ‘Discussion’, ‘Original’, ‘Remix/Cover’, ‘OST’, ‘Playlist’, ‘Announcement’, and ‘News’. Each of these options is self-explanatory, and when you’re posting any content, you have to tag it using the flair. So, if you’re sharing a Remixed track, make sure to post the link and add the ‘Remix/Cover’ flair. This allows the interested audience to engage with the post.
Important rules you must know before joining r/gamemusic?
Before you join r/gamemusic, there are five rules as set by the mods that you need to follow:
1. Avoid too much self-advertising
2. No other content other than video game music
3. Links to downloads or requesting music files
4. Users should follow correct title format
5. No Abusive Comments
r/gamemusic has a standard Reddit interface with a unique logo and a green cover. In addition to that, there are various menus in the header section, apart from the usual sorting features. There are five different options – ‘Posts’, ‘Radio Stations’, ‘Composers’, ‘Remixers’, and ‘Subreddit Things’. If you’re a game developer, composer, remixer, make sure to check the sidebar before you check the posts.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. I’m Hiroki Kikuta, the composer for the Secret of Mana series – 641 upvotes
2. I recently realized that the Smash Ultimate menu music has an insane bass riff in the background. After much searching, I found the one man brave enough to actually play it, and he only has 1,500 views – 484 upvotes
3. Met Nobuo Uematsu.. Definitely in the top ten moments of my life! – 454 upvotes
4. Hi, I’m Alexander Brandon, I wrote music for Deus Ex, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, and more. I’m here to answer your question – 443 upvotes
5. I’m Ben Prunty, I made the music for FTL and FTL: Advanced Edition, plus several upcoming games. Ask me anything! – 400 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. They deserve it. – 392 upvotes
2. Just got my favorite OST in the mail yesterday – 346 upvotes
3. Don’t know if this is allowed here or if there is another sub for this stuff, but I got this epic haul from Japan and wanted to share – 288 upvotes
4. 9 years ago, I began working as a composer with an old laptop of my mom. Now I’m sitting in an actual studio with gear, and vi’s I always dreamed of. Still gives me goosebumps every morning. I had to share this. Stay safe! – 286 upvotes
5. I have the OSTs of almost every game I’ve ever played – 274 upvotes
Music in video games is designed to match the genre of the game. Most of them have motivating, upbeat music, whereas others have orchestral symphonies, spooky tunes, and dramatic pads. Everything depends upon the genre; if you’re playing PUBG, the intro music by Tom Salta has given it an amazing motivational score that fits the theme of the game. If you enjoy that, I’m sure there is plenty of amazing music that awaits you at r/gamemusic.