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October 20, 2010

Arcade Gaming Shrine - an excellent song about old-school video games

Regular readers of this blog know that I'm a big fan of Dan Americh, even since he's gone to the dark side over at Activision.

One of his side projects, just for fun, is Palette-Swap Ninja, something he does with a friend of his, Jude Sutton. Taking actual songs and creating video game songs out of them, with both Jude and him playing the instruments and Dan singing.

Here's the wonderful song Halo (All I Play-Oh), which I include here because it seems appropriate with Reach just having come out (sung to the tune of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Snow (Hey Oh)"):

One thing I love about this is that they always try and keep not only the cadence, but also the rhymes themselves consistent with the original song. The "Viva Pinata" song is based on the old Pina Colada song ("If you like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain...")

But the reason for this post is because they just released a video for their latest song, "Arcade Gaming Shrine."

This song speaks to any old-time gamer, with so many blasts from the past that I almost cried with nostalgia.

Ok, I didn't almost cry, but I *did* relive some old video game memories. Everything from Elevator Action to Pac-Man, Defender, Zaxxon, you name it, it's in there.

Us old farts probably will get the most out of it, but it's a good song even for those youngun's out there.

What kind of video game memories does it bring back for any of my high school friends? (Yeah, like they're reading this LOL)

Here's the page on the Palette-Swap Ninja site where they talk about how the video was filmed. A lot of the people dancing in the background (as well as featured in a shot or two) are from one of my favourite video game podcasts, "Talk Radar".

It's a treat, and I hope you old-time gamers, like me, love it as much as I do.


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