Find out which of your friends knows the Cho Aniki soundtrack by heart!
Video game music has come a long way from the days of Pong’s onomatopoeic ball-meets-paddle sound. It’s not just a few notes limited by the capabilities of a console’s sound chip, anymore. These days it’s easy to find symphonic, swelling, and cinematic scores for even non-AAA titles. The Video Games Live concerts have even made classic game music more accessible to the masses.
In a similar vein, bingo is also moving out of the image it has been saddled with for decades. The rise of “neo bingo” has opened up the game to variants that mix in things as diverse as music, TV shows, and sports. The game is also starting to draw a crowd that doesn’t meet the typical “little old lady” image of a bingo player.
Now that bingo is coming back with a vengeance, why not spice it up with a video game music version? Musical bingo’s been around for years, but a video game music variant isn’t as common. Invite your cheekybingo buddies over for a round or two and it may end up being a regular part of your gaming nights.
In musical bingo, the bingo cards have song names on them instead of numbers. Someone plays a short snippet of a song, and whoever has its title on their card gets to mark it down. The normal patterns to win at bingo—a straight, five-square line, having each corner marked, an X running through the free square in the middle of the card—still apply.
Since this is video game music bingo, it wouldn’t make any sense if you fill your playlist and the cards with anything other than music from games. Fortunately, you have almost four decades’ worth of music to draw from. You can start things out with popular choices. The iconic Super Mario Bros. theme, for instance. You know, things that even a casual gamer would recognize. Gradually make it more specific, like the victory theme from the pre-FF7 Final Fantasy games, until you get to the so-esoteric-only-the-truly-fanatical-hardcore-fans-would-get-it songs. That should make for one hell of a championship round.