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An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.

An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.
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San Francisco, CA

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An ongoing tribute to the auditory glory that is videogame music.

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@Brelston

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English


Episodes

VGMpire 145 – Fallout Focus

11/14/2018
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Oppressive ambiance abounds in this look at the early days of the Fallout series. Download Now 0:00:00 – “Maybe” (Fallout) 0:15:05 – Moribund World (Fallout) 0:18:11 – A Trader’s Life (Fallout) 0:22:11 – Second Chance (Fallout) 0:39:48 – Khans of the New California (Fallout) 0:43:10 – Metallic Monks (Fallout) 0:46:38 – Radiation Storm (Fallout) 0:50:32 [...]

Duration:02:01:18

VGMpire 144 – Sega Synthesis Vol 5

10/31/2018
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Rock out to the monstrous melodies of Devilish and Alien 3 – two horror-themed Genesis titles that sport inhumanly good tunes! Download Now 00:00 – Clock Tower (Devilish) 09:41 – Graveyard (Devilish) 10:53 – Waterfalls (Devilish) 17:06 – Prairie (Devilish) 19:55 – Final Boss (Devilish) 29:50 – Main Theme (Alien 3) 32:48 – Stage 2 [...]

Duration:01:40:54

VGMpire 143 – Sega Synthesis Vol 4

10/24/2018
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Rarely seen or heard outside Japan, Gleylancer and Star Cruiser boast some of the best space-faring tunes the Mega Drive had to offer. From ’80s-style montages to heartfelt ballads to synthy noir, both titles are a treat to behold. Download now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Story Start (Gleylancer) 0:11:56 – Asteroid Field (Gleylancer) 0:14:34 – [...]

Duration:01:07:51

VGMpire 142 – Sega Synthesis Vol 3

10/17/2018
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Battle Lovecraftian horrors and hurl lightning from your fingertips in this adventurous episode celebrating El Viento and Alisia Dragoon! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Opening Theme (El Viento) 0:12:50 – Main Theme (El Viento) 0:14:16 – Stage 1 NYC (El Viento) 0:15:57 – Intermission (El Viento) 0:23:53 – Stage 2 Park (El Viento) 0:26:27 [...]

Duration:01:40:53

VGMpire 141 – Sega Synthesis Vol 2

10/10/2018
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A pair of anime gunslingers scream across the screen in this extra loud, extra rockin’ episode! We’re examining the upbeat energy of the Battle Mania series, which includes Trouble Shooter and its only-in-Japan sequel. Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Burning Heart (Battle Mania Daiginjou) 12:43 – Twilight Express (Battle Mania Daiginjou) 14:06 – Blue Sky [...]

Duration:00:56:09

VGMpire 140 – Sega Synthesis Vol 1

10/3/2018
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We’re kicking off a whole month of episodes devoted to the joy of FM Synthesis done right. This first foray into semi-obscure tunes includes Elemental Master and Panorama Cotton, two shmups that feature humanoid heroes and unbelievably good soundtracks! Download Now 00:00 – Dance of Flame (Elemental Master) 13:24 – Like the Wind (Elemental Master) [...]

Duration:00:54:54

VGMpire 139 – Mystic Quest Memories

4/4/2018
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Though it’s frequently called the worst Final Fantasy game of all time, or at least one of the weakest, we’re here to say THAT AIN’T SO! Not only is the game itself perfectly decent, the soundtrack is every bit as incredible as the proper numbered entries. Get ready for some heavy shreddin’ guitar! Download Now [...]

Duration:00:27:19

VGMpire 138 – Sunsoft Tech

2/28/2018
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Rock out to three hard-hitting NES soundtracks powered by Naoki Kodaka and the talented team at Sunsoft. We’re diving into Gremlins 2, Fester’s Quest and Journey to Silius! Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Stage 1 (Gremlins 2) 08:42 – Stage 3 (Gremlins 2) 10:26 – Stage 5 (Gremlins 2) 23:24 – Overworld (Fester’s Quest) [...]

Duration:02:11:53

VGMpire 137 – 2017 Year in Review

12/20/2017
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While familiar faces continued their usual streak of excellence, there were loads of newcomers that provided some of the year’s best VGM. This hefty episode looks at a bit of everything, from recurring brands like Zelda, Sonic, Xenoblade and Ys, to fresh experiences like Horizon, Cuphead and Prey. Light spoilers ahead! Download now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 [...]

Duration:01:55:02

VGMpire 136 – Shadowrun Sessions

7/5/2017
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Firearms and fantasy collide in this early-90s cyberpunk RPG series. We begin with the SNES original and its Carpenter-meets-Smash-TV soundtrack, then listen to wildly different takes on the Genesis and Mega CD. Three platforms, three completely distinct games! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Seattle 2050 (Shadowrun SNES) 0:12:54 – Morgue (SNES) 0:17:06 – Tenth Street [...]

Duration:03:22:21

VGMpire 135 – Taito Two-fer

4/12/2017
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As the NES began its march into obscurity, Taito released two solid titles that didn’t get their due attention for several years – Little Samson and Panic Restaurant. Both have great soundtracks, but they’re also nifty little games! Download now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Title Screen (Little Samson) 07:44 – Little Samson Theme (Little Samson) [...]

Duration:01:39:21

VGMpire 134 – Donkey Kong 94

3/29/2017
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One of the absolute greatest games of all time also sports a peppy, anxious soundtrack. Listen as we gush over this 1994 re-imagining of Nintendo’s oldest rivalry. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Title Screen 08:47 – Big City 11:00 – Desert 17:32 – Theme 2 19:08 – Theme 5 19:54 – Theme 6 [...]

Duration:01:37:12

VGMpire 133 – Blaster Master Bonanza

3/15/2017
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Nearly 30 years old, the Blaster Master series peaked on the NES and spent decades trying to recapture the magic. And part of that game’s success was the incredible soundtrack! Let’s listen to some classic jams and then explore the series’ Sega, PlayStation and Switch sequels. Download Now SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Area 1 (Blaster [...]

Duration:02:23:37

VGMpire 132 – Zero Escape Excellence

2/22/2017
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We discuss the music and mind-bending madness behind 999, Virtue’s Last Reward and Zero Time Dilemma. Get ready for catchy dance tunes, light industrial clanging and trippy talks about time travel and morphic fields! Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Digital Root (999) 0:10:04 – Ternary Game (999) 0:15:15 – Extreme Extrication (999) 0:23:27 – [...]

Duration:03:25:48

VGMpire 131 – Turok Turns Twenty

2/8/2017
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The Nintendo 64 didn’t have the third party support of the PlayStation, but Iguana’s Turok series ruled the FPS roost for the platform’s entire life cycle. The 1997 original turns 20 this month, so let’s examine the booming, epic scores of the four N64 hits. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Port of Adia (Seeds [...]

Duration:03:23:05

VGMpire 130 – Kirby Classics

1/25/2017
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Before he was made of yarn or a stylus-guided sphere, Kirby ruled the original Game Boy and starred in several console classics. This week we examine Kirby’s pre-2000 era, which includes bubbly tunes from Adventure, Super Star and all three Dream Land titles. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Green Greens (Dream Land) 0:09:35 – [...]

Duration:01:45:33

VGMpire 129 – Soul Blade Celebration

1/11/2017
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The Soul Calibur series kicked off 20 years ago with Soul Blade, the PS1 home conversion of arcade hit Soul Edge. This episode we look at Edge and Blade, which have no fewer than THREE official soundtracks to explore. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – The Edge of Soul (Soul Blade) 0:13:02 – Epic Calling [...]

Duration:01:18:46

VGMpire 128 – 2016 Year in Review

12/21/2016
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While there was plenty to dislike about 2016, at least we got several top-notch game soundtracks! Let’s listen to numerous examples of modern VGM excellence, from Doom to Furi to Watch Dogs 2. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Rip & Tear (Doom) 0:11:07 – At Doom’s Gate (Doom) 0:12:16 – Flesh & Metal (Doom) 0:18:52 [...]

Duration:01:47:43

VGMpire 127 – Shadow of ICO

12/7/2016
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The Last Guardian is FINALLY out, and its PS2 predecessors have cast a decade-long shadow over its development. Odds are LG will turn out fine, but as you’ll see from this selection of tunes from ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, it has some big shoes to fill! Download SHOW NOTES 00:00 – Castle in [...]

Duration:02:41:48

VGMpire 126 – SMTober Part Four

10/26/2016
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Our final foray into the world of Shin Megami Tensei tackles the Devil Survivor sub series, then whirls through Last Bible, Jack Bros and Demi Kids before concluding the month with Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Download Now SHOW NOTES 0:00:00 – Opening (Devil Survivor 2) 0:10:02 – Action (Devil Survivor) 0:12:57 – Battle Beat (Devil Survivor) [...]

Duration:01:00:50