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Music & Beauty – God and Gaming Episode Four

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How does beauty within our content serve as a testimony to the faith? In this episode of God and Gaming, Bobby Angel and Fr. Blake Britton are joined by video game music composer Sean Beeson to discuss evangelization through artistry. Sean Beeson has scored hundreds of projects and has over a decade of media scoring experience.

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41 Comments

  1. The callbacks to Chrono Trigger, Ocarina of Time, Kingdom Hearts, and even Castlevania. You guys aren't just "gamers," you're real gamers with experience and good taste! Respect +

  2. Anybody else here Destiny 2 fans 🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♂️
    Deep stone lullaby blows your being into peace.

  3. One of the things I love about this show is your highlighting of devout folks who are out there glorifying God in their everyday lives, even though they aren’t working in full time ministry. It’s a beautiful thing!

  4. Have been watching this with my father and it's brought me a lot closer to Catholicism than I initially thought. Not only that, but also to my father whom had viewed all video games as bad until we started watching the first episode. Today, I decided to let him listen to Twilight Town's Lazy Afternoon music from KH2. He closed his eyes and listened. Sure enough, he was shocked and amazed by the complexity of the song.

  5. Great series! I think game soundtrack are on the same level as movie music now. There are a few great orchestral concerts of game music available on YouTube, certainly worth watching and listening 🙂

  6. I don't think I've ever played a game and been disappointed with the soundtrack. Sometimes I feel like I'm buying a soundtrack, and a game just happens to come with it!

  7. I'm not a big gamer but I have fond memories of all the King's Quest games, and those have some beautiful Baroque or madrigal-sounding tunes.

  8. Loved this episode and was particularly tickled with the mention of Joe Hisaishi. I’ve got some piano books of his compositions. ❤️

  9. Great video. I'd like to also give a shout out to David Wise and Grant Kirkhope, who composed some pretty amazing soundtracks during the SNES and Nintendo 64 eras. The former composed the soundtracks for games such as Donkey Kong Countries 1 and 2, while the latter composed the soundtracks for games such as Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. They're still making great soundtracks to this day, and they even collaborated to make the soundtrack for Yooka-Laylee (sidenote: I don't care what anybody else says – I really like that game :)).

  10. This podcast is fabulous so glad I checked my email from Bishop Barron – more KofC dads need to watch this!

  11. Excellent episode, I loved every second of it! BOTW’s soundtrack has all these little nuances that really contribute to the story…the Divine Beast tracks have S.O.S. signals, the house theme is a slowed-down version of Ocarina’s house theme with missing notes…all these small ways showing the loss of the world and the hero. I feel like every time I listen to it I get something new out of it.

  12. What a wonderful series. Given how widespread gaming communities are, it is brilliant that finally there is a Catholic perspective that doesn't go into the "I don't care" or the "This is demonic work" stances. This endeavor by the Word of Fire Institute finally tackles the gaming industry to provide us with tools and understanding of how, as Catholics, we not only should care, but can give testimony of our faith through gaming. I am awaiting from gamer testimonies about this: how they face the secularized gaming communities, how they evolve ways to communicating our faith without alienating people, tools of evangelization we can all use through our gaming comunities. And, of course, I cannot wait for the next episode!

  13. Good episode, but someone needed to mention Michael Land the composer from the secret of monkey Island 2. Also, I really enjoyed the soundtrack from Yoko's Island Express!

  14. Thanks for another great episode! There truly are so many beautiful soundtracks, it’s difficult to name them all – and you all already listed some of the best. (For workouts, I’m also partial to Street Fighter, Mega Man, and F-Zero.)

    Have you heard or played the official solo piano arrangements for the Final Fantasy series? The scores that are in the Piano Collections and Piano Opera books contain some unique medleys, as well as flourishes on the A/B section structure of the early tunes that really elevate some already memorable tracks.

  15. I have been eagerly awaiting a music episode! And I loved when you guys called out the Chrono Trigger… The 16- and 32-bit era RPGs were the staples of my childhood, and nothing warms up my nostalgia muscle like music from EarthBound, Final Fantsy VI, Xenogears, and Chrono Trigger — "Corridors of Time" from CT is probably my all-time favorite song. There is not nearly enough appreciation of the great artistry that goes into game scores, so it's great to see this discussion happen!

  16. Another great episode in the series! I've tuned in for every single episode and have not been disappointed. This is just the tip of the iceberg for connecting God and gaming. An episode diving further into soundtracks I think would be a great idea. The Skyrim soundtrack is up there in great game soundtracks, as is the very moving music of Jesper Kyd in the Assassin's Creed series. I would like to see a 5 min segment of Fr. Blake and Bobby, after conversing with the host, reflecting and expanding upon what was said throughout the conversation. Keep up the great work!

  17. Love listening to video game music. Always has a huge impact on me when playing through a story especially. Just looking back at Halo 3’s warthog escape and Zelda lullaby are just so impactful when you get to those story beats.

  18. they mentioned young catholic wanabe devs networking. I'll drop this comment here just in case there are any others out there that want to get in touch!

  19. Back before Jeremy Soule sadly faded from the public eye, he used to be very active on Facebook and very responsive to fans. I remember having a few conversations with him and it was wonderful.

  20. I recently came across a video from a school talent show where there was probably 6-7 guys onstage that just started singing the Halo theme and did the T-pose. Immediately every guy in the audience stood up and cheered as if it were the national anthem haha

  21. This series is fantastic. I have had such a desire to merge my faith with my enjoyment of games. Keep this conversation going as I know this is a deep need of society today.

  22. Really glad you mentioned Legend of Zelda and Kingdom Hearts! (My top two favorite game series to play) Kingdom Hearts' developers actually realized how much people liked the music and released a rhythm game based entirely on music from the games. Also I agree with you, many people including myself enjoy listening to orchestral and instrumental music due to video games and some of the songs sound very beautiful.

  23. Kingdom hearts soundtrack it doesn't matter it doesn't matter what I'm doing what mood I'm in that soundtrack always makes me cry it is the first video game everything about that video game it just pulls it pulls at my soul!!! I remember playing it as a kid and I just was balling every single time the music was playing the storyline everything. Best game ever!

  24. The Halo soundtrack is one of the best ever. Chant, orchestra, electric guitar. It's awesome. Also, anyone ever played Super Meat Boy? its a fun little game with AMAZING music. Also, Sean's a fantastic composer and an all around good dude.

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