With E3 being this past week and all, I've lately been in "gamer" mode. Revisiting my favorite oldies, dusting off the controllers, playing with some friends. It's been a good time. I'm not a very serious gamer or anything but I always loved them, and always loved collecting systems games and memorabilia. It's almost like my less-serious hobby outside of music. I think one thing that's really hooked me into these games and allowed me to connect with them is the music. Even the most simple of chiptunes can bring back such great fond memories, no matter how raw the sound may be. The simplicity of the tunes also allows the brilliance of the melodies to really shine through, and also allows us to greater appreciate their beauty when more complex arrangements are made later on. Composers such as Koji Kondo and his contemporaries are true musical geniuses in every sense of the word. They can evoke mood through melody alone, and that is no small feat. Being that games really came to be in the 1980's, there are a plethora of game related records to be found. PacMan and Donkey Kong themed children's records. Japanese imports with arranged versions of Nintendo/Sega tunes. Not really music per-se, but there were even some records with the actual data for a computer game on them - meant to be recorded onto a cassette, and then played back in a C64 tape drive. The Japanese market for OST recordings is huge, and many games do have soundtrack releases available that can be imported. I never had things imported as a kid, but I loved coming across these, although this was a rare occurrence and they were often pricey due to their rarity, I did snap them up whenever I could. These were all on CD, of course. In more recent years, we've seen some video games receive a pressed LP soundtrack. Bioshock and Red Dead Redemption come to mind. In Australia, there was an exclusive put out by Sega - Preorders of their Genesis and Dreamcast collections for the xBox 360 or PS3 came with a colored vinyl soundtrack with a selection of music from various games of the respective system. I do have a record intended for use by DJs with music clips and sound effects from various classic games, which I purchased about 8-10 years ago. Although it isn't really music that is meant to sound "good" or played back with the intentions of high-fidelity performance, I do enjoy these songs and appreciate them for what they are, and wouldn't at all mind seeing some more put out on wax, even if just for the novelty and collectibility of it. The chance to have large well-printed artwork from these games is always a nice prospect as well. Which game soundtracks would you like to see put out as records?