Hey! Listen! OverClocked ReMix

ocrlogoNow, above most all else, this is the number one site I expect all gamers to have bookmarked. Whether you are casual or hardcore, retro or new school. No matter who you are, if you love video games in any form you have to know about OverClocked ReMix.

Now at first I was a little hesitant to write this article, feeling safe in the assumption that everyone knows about the majesty and the glory that is OCReMix (ocremix.org). But I decided to write this article anyway, because there must be at least one fellow who has not heard, or perhaps I am so entrenched in VGM myself that it is hard to think that anyone may be unaware of the site, but I may have that completely backwards and the site may still inhabit just a small corner of the internet. So here we go for the uninformed, or the only slightly informed.

OCReMix started it’s humble beginnings back in the internet stone age of 1999. That is before Myspace and Facebook, before pretty much any and all the gaming sites you read today. Before the PS2 came out, and back when most people had *gasp* Dial Up Internet. The site has grown by leaps and bounds since then. The amount of tracks has grown to incredible proportions, the community around it has also grown exponentially. The songs have continued to be more diverse in both style and video game selection. The site has even had it’s share of great April Fool’s jokes. OCR has even gone so far as to garner the attention of several video game composers, with some even submitting their own remixes to the site.

OCReMix came full circle as well recently when the community of musicians came together to recreate the entire soundtrack of Street Fighter II to be included as the official soundtrack on the Capcom remake Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. (You can check out the entire soundtrack free at this link) So after a decade of paying tribute to classic video game tunes, a video game company pays tribute to such an enthusiastic community by letting them be involved in that game making process.

The site boasts literally thousands of video game music rearrangements from most all classic games imaginable, not to mention plenty of obscure cult classics as well. They also have remixes in practically any style imaginable. Looking for a laid back samba groove of Super Mario Bros 3? No problem. How about a rock ballad about Air Man from Mega Man II? Done. Jazz remix of Super Mario RPG? Of course! Well you get the idea. There is truly something for everyone at this site for any gamer and for a fan of any type of music. It really can’t be stressed enough how great this site is for finding amazing new artists and genres to be interested in.

Be sure to head over to ocremix.org right now and check it out often as new music is constantly added all the time. I can easily go on for sometime about all the qualities of OCReMix and what they have done for the VG inspired music community and endless amounts of video game fans. The most important thing though is just that the website is incredible, the music is fantastic, and basically, there just should not be a single gamer that doesn’t know about this magnificent site.

Also, I will leave you folks with one of my favorire OCReMix tunes from one of my favorite video games. This track is Wanderer on the Offensive (Live Edit) by B33J, Cerrax, Sixto Sounds, and yodaisbetter from the game Shadow of The Colossus.

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