I just wanted to share a list of great video game compositions with everyone. There is some really great stuff out there!
Final Fantasy VI - Opening Theme (Opening, The empire Gestahl, Terra's Theme) To date this is the best arrangment/orchestration done to these themes. This is my favorite video game orchestration! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWLuIDIDh84
I love game music. These are really good. To be honest there are a lot of good pieces in video games today. Some of them are better than movie soundtracks. I watched a video of the making of a Harry Potter game and they used a huge studio with a full orchestra to record it. It's really amazing how much the industry has expanded and the budgets have increased.
Fun and informative, Richard, especially for those of us who aren't as familiar with gaming music as you are.
There's certainly a grand style these pieces have in common, actually surprisingly old fashioned, and certainly cinematic. These composers have been majorly influenced by John Williams and that whole large, sweeping orchestra sound that's been popular in film music for some time now. I think the influence may even go in the other direction too, with gaming music influencing soundtrack work. Thanks.