Halloween 2012. Video Game Playlist II: The New Nightmare.
Last year I created a playlist on YouTube featuring a bunch of spooky music from video games. Well, not all of it was spooky per se, but it all came from horror-themed games or levels of games. Upon subjecting the neighborhood to it out of my window on the fateful night I realized some refinement could be useful. As of today, that refinement finally happened, and I created three new playlists out of the original to different needs. The spooky playlist contains the low-key mood-setters, with all of the ambient pieces (though not exclusively ambient). This is the one to use for your haunted house atmosphere. The melodic playlist contains pieces with strong and catchy melodies, still perfectly Halloweeny with theremins and organ and spooky noises, but better as a way to get in the spirit of things and celebrate or put on as background for other activities. The third is the at-present short list of uptempo/party songs, including things like The House of the Dead 2 with its strong driving beats, or the Pumpkin Hill rap from Sonic Adventure 2 or most Castlevania music, where the horror elements come from the game setting more than the mood of the piece itself. Hopefully you’ll find these categories useful, and naturally if you hate some of my choices you can always refine the lists to your taste. Happy Halloween, folks, and I’ll see you in Heck!