Think back to the '80s and '90s and the hours kids spent playing mindless video games on systems that aren now considered less powerful than your cell phone. Whether it was Nintendo, Super Nintendo or Nintendo 64, our generation of gamers were glued to video games like Mario and NBA Jam. While the characters, worlds and gameplay are features often discussed, soundtracks are often pushed to the back and forgotten from nostalgic gamer debates. But when you hear them again for the first time in years, they can bring you back so quickly to a place and time that you'll swear that you have a bowl haircut again and Bill Clinton is still stooping secretaries in the oval office. In the spirit of nostalgia, here is our list of the top five nostalgic video game soundtracks.
Stepping into the time machine, it's impossible to forget putting the Madden '95 cartridge into the console and hearing the opening riffs of the the symphonic orchestration of the NFL on FOX theme. While the theme song has become one of the most heard songs on Sunday beside "Hallelujah," it was an indelible part of experiencing Madden in all its 16-bit glory. Sometimes, I would hit pause or I would forget to turn the game off, and I would run up stars, listening to the famous score like an early version of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The score was written by Scott Schreer, Reed Hays and Phil Garrod. The heavy hitting brass and percussion section created much fanfare for an early and rough version of a classic game.
4. 007: Golden Eye For Nintendo 64
Before Call of Duty and Halo hit the scene, there was Golden Eye -- thought of as the original first-person shooter that allowed friends (remember N64 had four controllers) to fight to the virtual death for hours. And the soundtrack, the music pumping and setting up shop in our unconscious, kept us on the edge of our seats -- or rugs. Of course, the 1997 game featured the theme music -- though remixed with synthesizers -- from the original movie, but there were new songs that created a Cold-War atmosphere that made you feel you were actually being chased after by commies in Siberia. Then there was the ambient music in the jungle scenes that made you feel displaced and confused. Sometimes, I remember, sneaking around a corner and the music blaring with such intensity, I jumped out of my seat when a friend snuck up behind to stab me in the back.