Video game music at the Olympics was a culturally welcome surprise

This story about video game music & culture, boiled down, in 1:39 minutes.

What’s the fuss?

The opening ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games featured a number of classic tunes featured in Japanese video games, highlighting the cultural significance of the medium.

The situation

Despite the lack of audience at this year’s Olympic opening ceremony, the format and cultural importance of the show remained the same.

Olympic athletes from every nation were introduced to different pieces of orchestrated music from Japanese video games.

Boiling it down

It makes sense that Japan is the first Olympic locale to feature video game music so prominently.

The music in video games is a crucial part of the gaming experience.

  • Similarly to film scores and/or soundtracks, video game music immerses the player, such as by heightening investment in a story and to motivate certain player actions.
  • Classic video game soundtracks can also evoke feelings of nostalgia, bringing gamers back to the days they were immersed in these games for the first time.

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