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With the advent of CD into the gaming medium of choice, it offered developers the chance to really flex their musical muscles. Composers could bring full musical soundtracks to their games thanks to the extra storage the CD offered and it has given rise to some truly epic video game music.

But, what about before CDs? All developers had at their disposal was the limitations of the hardware. Chip tunes where the norm, superseded in later years with 8-bit stereo sound. With such limited tools, developers still managed to push the limits of game music. Thankfully, the 80’s and early 90’s music at the time was synthesized crap so it wasn’t too difficult to but some beeps together to form a decent tune.

So, here we are then, this is my top 10 video game tunes that may have been forgotten.

10. Manic Miner.
Ok, it sounds like your ears are being dragged down a 20ft cheese grater, but for the very early days, this was a good attempt. The title screen even showed you how to play the tune if you were up for a bit of keyboard tinkering.

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9.Turrican 2
The hey day of the Amiga and ST wars. Turrican took a leaf out of Metroid’s book and wasn’t actually that good, but it didn’t stop there being some great title music.

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8. F-Zero: Big Blue
Start your engines, or rockets, what ever it is they used. As soon as you reached the second track in the game, you knew you were in for something special with a name like big blue. And the music didn’t disappoint. Best music in the entire game. Fact.

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7. Streets of Rave Title
Gritty New York is under siege from gangs. You didn’t need the title of the game in the start screen, the moody  music told you all there was to know.

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6. Magic Pockets Title
80′ songstress Betty Boo was squeezed down and pixleated to become one of the first games to have a licensed soundtracks. It was catchy and it was cool because it was in a video game, there is no way you would walk down to your local Our Price to buy the single, no way…

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