Blake here! Dinofarm’s resident artist and, as you’re about to learn, one of its composers. It’s been a while since we’ve had a more “topical” Dinofarm post, as we’re all working around the clock on our heavily-delayed labor of love, AURO. I recently watched a segment on Gamespot called “Reality Check,” in which journalist Cam Robertson asks the question, “Why do we love video game music?” He attempts to explain the phenomenon of the continual veneration and sentimentality towards classic video game themes, not by talking about how great their compositions are, nor did he talk up any of their qualities. Instead, he goes with arguments from evolution and neuroscience that basically boil down to the idea that “because it has inherent shortcomings, people must like video game music for some reason unrelated to its inherent quality. ”
He also encouraged viewers to correct him if he made any errors. Here’s the video:
If you watch the video you’ll see that this is pretty uncontentious and contains a lot of sufficiently researched explanations of the neurological phenomenon of linking memory to emotion. The long short of it is, we have evolved to remember highly emotional situations because they used to be in the context of survival situations. Neuroscientists have discovered that music has an especially high yield of emotion, which causes a highly vivid emotional time stamp. This phenomenon is what causes the feeling of nostalgia. Pretty straightforward.
My issue actually isn’t even with the crux of his video. Where Mr. Robertson is mistaken is in his baseless and inaccurate claims and assumptions in the beginning of the video. read more