Five Awesome Video Game Radio Stations For Your Listening Pleasure
Without a doubt, one of my favorite aspects of video games is the music. From the tinny, digitized chiptunes of the 80s and 90s through to the sweeping orchestral scores of modern day, there's actually a huge amount of talent in the games industry. It's not surprising, then, that a variety of different Internet radio stations have cropped up devoted to that music.
Today, I'm going to share with you fine folks just a few of my favorites. The music from these stations has been my companion through many a late-night writing session; my hope is that they'll get you through your days just as they've gotten me through mine. Either way, you should have a listen, even if you don't play video games. Who knows? You might well end up a fan.
First up on the list is Rainwave, which is probably the most comprehensive offering. From the Rainwave site, you've four different choices, and each option has its own style to it. If you're interested in listening to music from a few more modern titles, you can select Game, while Chiptune will take you back into the past and bombard your ears with some awesome 8-bit soundwaves. Covers, meanwhile, features community remixes of a bunch of different popular songs, while OCRemix exclusively plays music from The OverClocked Remix Community.
Oh, you can also vote for what song you want to hear next on every sub-channel, which is pretty awesome.
Radio Hyrule is, not surprisingly, a station primarily devoted to the music from the Legend of Zelda franchise. It's also distinct from the other stations here in that it features radio shows and videos in addition to musical programming. Although its scope is somewhat narrower than the other stations here, it's still pretty fantastic if you're a fan of the music from the Legend of Zelda series (and really, who isn't?)
NotGaming is one of the simpler offerings here, but that doesn't make it any less worthwhile. In order to listen, you'll need to download a .pls file and make sure you're running a media player that supports streaming. The tradeoff is that it's quite light on resources, and incredibly simple, besides - all you need to do is pop open your media player and start listening.
It's also worth mentioning that the station is actually a tribute to the much better-known GamingFM
Technically, VIP Radio is actually just a massive playlist consisting of hundreds of songs from various points in gaming's history. The advantage this gives the station over every other entry on this list is that its format actually allows you to select what song you're listening to at any given time. Don't like a particular piece? Scroll through all the music until you find one that's tolerable to listen to. Features chiptune, 16-bit, and orchestrated music.
Last but certainly not least, here's something for all you chiptune fanatics. The 8 Bit Radio Network is probably one of the highest quality chiptune stations I've seen yet (aside, perhaps, from Rainwave), and actually features a wide selection of chiptunes from various sources. Although it's primarily video game music, expect a few 8-bit renditions of music from popular culture, like the theme from Halloween. Give it a listen even if you're not the sort who appreciates chiptunes - you might well be pleasantly surprised.