Here’s an undeniable fact – video games and movies rarely work well together. Whether it is video game-themed movies such as recent box office disaster Pixels or the horrible games based on the Saw series, the two mediums should remain separate. This does not apply to video game-related music videos however, and since the ‘90s, video game-themed music videos have popped up from time to time, some which remain some of the most memorable music videos of all time. Here are some of those music videos you must see.
5. Seether: “Careless Whisper”
Yes, Seether covered the George Michael classic. Depending on your music taste/ love for Wham! and 80s references, the cover works surprisingly well, but it is the music video that perhaps resonates with most game-lovers. The video looks like a retro game, and features Yoda, mean corporate briefcase-throwing businessmen, UFOs that shoot bicycles for the band to ride E.T.-style and other random elements that makes up for quite the interesting video. An interesting video that will be enjoyable – on mute or not.
4. Junior Senior: “Move Your Feet”
Of course this video had to make the list! The Danish feel-good anthem is probably familiar to a lot of you, the video even more so. The video was released in 2003 worldwide and became the duo’s biggest hit. Art collective Shynola were the masterminds behind the video, which is entirely in low-resolution pixel art. Not only was the video spread quickly through television, but the 9GAGs of the early 2000s, EbaumsWorld and Albino Blacksheep posted the music video to the masses. Speaking of 9GAG, one of the most recognizable things about the video is a GIF you might have seen of a piece of bread jumping up and down from a toaster. A game was also uploaded onto DeviantART in the late 2000s.
3. Nero: “Me and You”
Nero might not be the most familiar name on the music scene, but if you live or have lived in Britain long enough, you’ll definitely have heard about them. The British electronica trio’s video is a bit different than the other videos on this list; in this we follow a kid at an arcade that’s upset after losing a game. He then meets a group of people that look like they were extras in The Fifth Element and – as any clever person would – decides to follow them down some creepy hallways. It is here that he finds the Nero-game, an old-school fighter game – but of course, the game isn’t your average arcade game.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Californication”
Of all the videos on this list, this one is probably the most recognizable – especially for the MTV-generation. Instead of merely having a video game theme, the entire video is a playthrough of a fake Red Hot Chili Peppers game. We follow each of the band members as they take on different challenges, from swimming with sharks to snowboarding down the Golden Gate Bridge, all with the goal of collecting Red Hot Chili Pepper logos. The video almost looks like an old Grand Theft Auto game, as we swap between characters just like in the recent installment (was this your source of inspiration, Rockstar?). Regardless, the video is arguably one of the Chili Peppers’ most famous videos, and if you are old enough to remember MTV when it showed actual music videos, you’ll remember it frequently filling your TV screen.
1. The Fjords: “All In”
It was in May that Norwegian band The Fjords released their video for their song “All In,” which quickly got press coverage both in Norway and abroad. The video was premiered on Noisey/Vice, which described the content as a “Sam Raimi meets Michael Bay meets Mighty Max via Nordic noir.” This video might just be the most cinematically beautiful on the list, as well as the most morbid. The boy in the video carries his NES like The Bride carried her Samurai sword in Kill Bill – and just like in Kill Bill things get bloody. Of course the violent video game-debate was yet again started in some Norwegian newspapers, but the band justified the violent elements in the video by saying that it was rather a tribute to their love of the ‘80s, not an anti-violent video game campaign.