In May, the Royal Albert Hall hosted PlayStation in Concertat which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played music from games made for PlayStation consoles from the original in the s through to the current generation.
The event was hosted by Jessica Currycomposer for games such as Dear Estherwhich recently had its own series of concerts in which a narrator and musicians performed to cues triggered by someone playing the game live on stage. Video game players love music. And music that is composed especially for games finds other outlets, too; a television show called Rich House, Poor House, in which families from opposing ends of the wealth spectrum swap homes for a week, has used music from The Simsa series of life sim games about the capitalist fantasy of happiness through financial gain.
Game soundtracks have appeal beyond the people who play games, as Curry has found while hosting the video game music show High Score on Classic FM. There is definitely not only an acceptance of video game music but, I would say, an increasing sense of celebration and pride.
Infour of the top 20 soundtracks streamed on Spotify were from video games: Horizon Zero Dawn was nominated for a Bafta for its music inthough it lost to Cuphead, a 2D action game inspired by s cartoons with a soundtrack composed by Kristofer Maddigan and performed by a big band, ragtime pianists and a barbershop quartet. Game music has even received recognition at the Grammy awards.