If you're a gamer and you've ever trawled YouTube during hours of procrastination, then chances are good you'll have encountered a few of the many great game music cover versions on offer - provided by other nerds with too much time on their hands, but with talent to go along with it. Here are 10 of the best:
Gameplay Medley (Super Mario Bros.)
There probably isn't a video game with music as iconic as Super Mario Bros. Instantly recognisable to any gamer, the Mario series has largely kept the same classic tunes over the years, riffing on them in interesting ways rather than re-writing them completely. Here is a clip of somebody completing the original platformer in just over five minutes, during which you'll hear all the well-loved sounds. Original track(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yl_XPkcTl4 This amazing chap has not only done a beautiful job playing the Mario classics on an acoustic guitar, but he also basically walks you through a level. There's the iconic first stage music, followed by the underground tune, the underwater tune, the level complete ditty and he even throws in sound effects along the way, such as coin and mushroom collecting. Genius. Awesome cover: by supermarioguitar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3UTHj16ukM
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A regular film and video games contributor for What Culture, Robert also writes reviews and features for The Daily Telegraph, GamesIndustry.biz and The Big Picture Magazine as well as his own Beames on Film blog. He also has essays and reviews in a number of upcoming books by Intellect.