Currently, the only way an original composition for a video game can win a Grammy is if its nominated alongside other mediums. So, for example, an orchestral piece made for Mass Effect 2 would need to be nominated for “Best Score for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media”.
Another category games have been “relegated” to – and one that includes an actual nomination this year – is “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)”, where again, it has to go up against songs from other mediums.
In an effort to get games a little more recognition, publisher Electronic Arts is asking The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to add a 110th category to the prestigious awards night: “Best Video Game Score”.
“This generalization of ‘Other Visual Media’ isn’t merely an insult to the video game industry, but a blatant dismissal of these composers and their work,” says EA’sSteve Schnur.
“So many Hollywood composers — who are no strangers to Grammys, Emmys and the Oscars — are choosing to create their most exciting work in a clearly defined field that is far more than a ‘visual media.’ And all of them will agree that the current situation must be rectified immediately.”
Man has a point. I actually listen to a lot of soundtracks (from movies, games and TV), as they make great work music when you’re at a computer all day, and those from recent games like Red Dead Redemption are right up there with the best of them.