Look, some of us are talking about it, and the indie tastemakers at Pitchfork have taken the next logical step and co-launched a video game series they're calling "Soundplay." Along with their partners at the video game culture magazine Kill Screen, Pitchfork commissioned some of the best and brightest video game designers to create original games based on the popular indie music site's favorite songs.
The initial offerings are games inspired by M83's "Intro" and Matthew Dear's "Street Song." In the "Intro" game, created by Jake Elliot, you are a lost girl in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by M83 lyrics. You run around the wilderness until you bump into a mammoth who takes you on a crazy ride to another part of wilderness. In "Street Song," created by Santa Ragione, you are a robot in the desert and a bunch of crystals and blocks come flying at you. If you hit one, you return to the beginning of the song.
Suffice it to say, both are very cool looking, if not a little fuzzy and fairly obnoxious to play. Nonetheless: three cheers for Pitchfork for doing something exciting and a little different.
In the late summer there will be a two-day "game jam" in New York, where a bunch of video game developers will rush to complete their own games based on a song.
Expect three more entries to the Soundplay site in July.
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