So I recently read a book called Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it got me thinking. The book was about a fanfiction writer whom escaped the reality she didn’t want to face through the world of writing about her favorite characters in a series that she liked. It was placed in her first year of…

A Brief History of (Game) Sound: Andrew Schartmann’s Maestro Mario

Mario conducting music

More than just a diatribe on game music as art, Schartmann unravels a complicated history of “Game Music” going back to Boardwalk Penny arcades and Pre-Pinball cabinets through an thoughtful, music-theory based analysis of how music has become an integral part in participatory games culture and presentation.