Don't worry, dear reader, this actually has something to do with electronic gaming. I was browsing through iTunes last evening and typed in Pac-man just to see if something showed up. Well, it did and it is now apparent that Namco has its own music channel. I was shocked to see that for $2.99 I could have all the sound effects from the classic games, Pac-Man, Xevious, Galaga, and Soulcalibur. I did not buy it. What would I do with the sound effects?
Thanks to Destructoid for this press release:
"SANTA CLARA, Calif., (September 2, 2009) – Leading video games developer and publisher NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc., today announced the launch of NAMCO SOUNDS™, an exclusive iTunes music label offering re-mastered soundtracks from the company’s own catalogue of games. In partnership with BANDAI VISUAL CO., LTD, this marks NAMCO BANDAI Games’ debut into the North American music distribution market with plans to create and offer new content for global distribution.
To inaugurate this launch, NAMCO SOUNDS has released tracks from PAC-MAN®, Xevious®, and SOULCALIBUR® SUITE - THE RESONANCE OF SOULS AND SWORDS. Subsequent releases from games past and present will be available on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.
Only available through NAMCO SOUNDS on Apples iTunes, SOULCALIBUR SUITE - THE RESONANCE OF SOULS AND SWORDS is a special soundtrack that commemorates the September 1 release of SOULCALIBUR: Broken Destiny for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Performed by the Australia-based Eminence Symphony Orchestra which is renowned for their work in anime and videogames, this soundtrack was an intercontinental feat as directions were given from Tokyo with the performance, conducting and recording taking place in Sydney simultaneously.
Single tracks from PAC-MAN, Xevious, and SOULCALIBUR SUITE - THE RESONANCE OF SOULS AND SWORDS retail for $.99 with the entire album available for $2.97 or $2.99 respectively."
Now I might just have to pick up the Soulcalibur music as I am unashamedly a Soulcalibur fanatic...but these are truly weird times when I can go online and buy the 'soundtrack' for Xevious.