Is chiptune better than modern day VGM?

Its no secret that the gaming world had evolved dramatically since the 80’s with the landscape looking completely different than it did over 30 years ago. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s we had consoles like NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Game Boy and others that provided people with special gaming experience. However, when it came down to video game soundtracks from the 80’s and 90’s whether they be 8-bit or 16-bit most of the music from that time period was great. The video game industry practically invented their own musical genre during the 80’s & 90’s which many people label as “chiptune”. One of the reasons why chiptune music is considered to be very unique is because it requires a ton of creativity to create original music for stages, characters and bosses; which is something you do not see too much of today with contemporary video games. Most video games of the 2000’s and even the 2010’s to some extent felt too much like real-life simulation games which some would probably label as boring. There are many old-school 2D video games that had more creativity in relation to art imitating life such as the Super Mario Bros series and did so in a way where it was fun and the casual audience knew that. There are a handful of 2D old-school video games that had great chiptune music which is why they are memorable 20-30 years later. There various titles within the Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and X-Men video games series from the 90’s that people still remember to day because of how great the soundtracks were. In fact, chiptune has become so popular to a point where both classic and modern day music often receive 8-bit remixes because of how unique that sub-genre had become over the past three decades or so. chiptune is a sub-genre that stands out because its something you barely hear outside of gaming with the exception of YouTube when people are making remixes. In fact, some would argue that chiptune music sounds better than modern day radio music considering how the quality of mainstream music has significantly decline following the early 2010’s.

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