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The idea of a jingle – a short sequence of notes intended to catch the attention of a prospective buyer – has been around for ages. It’s an advertising cliché. Yet I, who prided myself in basing my ultimate game purchasing decisions on review scores, was stunned to discover recently just how much of my purchase and subsequent enjoyment of a game has been due to its music.
The very first game I distinctly remember selling me, at least in part, with its music was that classic of early nineties PC gaming, Wing Commander. The non-playable demo I got off a floppy disc back in 1990 was more like a movie trailer, with shots of space fighters duking it out to the best soundtrack a SoundBlaster could crank out back then. But as simple as it may seem now, I still remember three pieces of music that really got me going: The scramble music where your player ran to his fighter craft after the mission briefing, the post-landing tune where the tech surveys your bullet-ridden ship and says, “Glad to see you made it back alive, sir.” and, of course, the Wing Commander fanfare.