Video games have classically had some pretty killer music (by the time of NES, at least), designed to build excitement in game players. The soundtracks to these games have influenced musicians who've grown up with them (or otherwise enjoyed them). Some bands even do occasional covers of video game songs; a nice example from the early 90s when The Pixies did Theme from N.A.R.C. (1988 arcade game, 1990 NES).
One of my friends posted a link to a live performance by Bit Brigade at Magfest X (Jan. 2012) playing the entire soundtrack of Megaman II while someone played the game projected on a large screen on the stage. It's a delightful marriage of nerdery, clocking in at 44minutes, but it's worth the watch to see both a masterful play through of the game and masterful execution of the music, initially brought to us by machine, on guitars, bass and drums.
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