Victor Pineiro of Popten published this fun Top 10 Songs of Geekdom list and after listening to the fun version of the Legend of Zelda theme there, it got me thinking about how much I think about video game music.
A lot. I think about video game music a lot.
Most of the time when I’m going on a long walk, I hear the Mt. Kolts theme from Final Fantasy VI in my head, or else it’s the old Zelda (the original) music from the overworld. I know all the words to the opera scene in Final Fantasy VI, and have been known to sing it in the shower.
And who doesn’t remember the loopy, goofy theme song to Super Mario Brothers?
Other games’ themes have faded from my memory (probably crowded out by my recent purchases of the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack and the music of Quigley Down Under) but I do recall that at the time I really loved them. The Secret of Mana and the Secret of Evermore had great music.
Of course, these aren’t really nerd anthems, per se.
When I think of nerd anthems, I think of "Holding Out for a Hero," because in my very first D&D game that song featured in the plot. (Sadly, this was in the 2000s, not the 1980s. We were that geeky.) Of course, that’s not really a nerd anthem either.
Pineiro picked out "White & Nerdy/Dare to be Stupid" as his choice for Weird Al, but I recall "It’s All About the Pentiums" a bit better. Either of those is a true geek anthem.
I would also recommend Fatboy Slim’s "Weapon of Choice" as a geek anthem, since I’m pretty sure its lyrics are at least partially based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic, "Dune."
Any other ideas for geek anthems?