Welcome to the Game Music Thunderdome – two tracks enter, one track leaves!
The rules are simple. You’ve got a week and a half to nominate 1-4 of your favorite pieces of game music in this thread. Each nomination should include the name of the game, the name of the track, and a youtube link. For the purposes of this competition, “game music” means that the music was originally created for a game – no licensed tracks or remixes.
On Monday, February 19, as long as there are at least 16 entries, I will compile the submissions and randomize them into a single elimination bracket. Everyone’s first nomination is guaranteed inclusion; additional entries may be pulled from at random to get the total to a nice clean power of two.
Every weekday, I’ll post a matchup between two tracks. Give them a good fair listen, and vote for your favorite. Depending on the number of entries, the first round may be a group stage (vote for 2 out of 4 each day). The loser is eliminated and the winner advances, until a champion is crowned.
Have fun, and hopefully discover some new favorites!
Feb. 16 edit: Pulling additional info into the first post for easy reference.
Tournament tracker: http://challonge.com/12kl0nvq
Group stage bracket:
Each weekday, I will post a matchup. Listen to the tracks and vote for your favorite. Please try to give a fair shake to every track on its own terms, even from games you dislike or haven’t played. Vote by posting in this thread with the name of your selection in bold.
Should you feel inspired to liven up the voting process by voting in the form of an image, an oblique reference, a riddle, or an interpretive dance, that’s fine, but then you must also include a clear and unambiguous text version in spoiler tags.
Voting for each round will remain open for a minimum of 24 hours from the time I post it. If it’s been more than 24 hours but I haven’t gotten around to posting the result yet, go ahead and post your vote, but there’s an outside chance it will be ignored if I’ve already tabulated the results and am preparing the day’s post.
The first round will be a group stage. Please vote for your two favorites, and the top two vote-getters will advance to the single-elimination bracket. Again, despite what the bracket looks like, it is not two separate head-to-head matches; you can vote for any combination of two entries.
In the case of a tie in voting, it goes to sudden death – the match remains open concurrently with the next day’s round, and is broken by the next new person to vote on it. If nobody has chimed in after another 24 hours, I’ll flip a coin.