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The first video game score ever nominated for a Grammy
The first video game score ever nominated for a Grammy
December 6, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi

December 6, 2012 | By Frank Cifaldi
More: Console/PC, Audio

A video game score has finally been recognized as a potential Grammy Award winner.

Composer Austin Wintory's score for thatgamecompany and Sony's Journey has been nominated as one of six potential winners of its "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media" award, competing against films that include The Dark Knight Rises and The Artist.

"I really don't have words right now," a shocked Wintory tweeted last night upon hearing the news.

Should Wintory win, it will be the first video game score to win, but not the first song. That honor goes to composer Christopher Tin, who won an award for "Baba Yetu," the opening theme to Firaxis' Civilization IV.

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Todd Masten
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Let's go video game composers! Very cool.

Joshua Hawkins
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Great news for Journey, but I kinda found this a bit sad for the game industry. Maybe I'm just ignorant, but to me video game score's have surprased over visual medium scores for the last 5 years. Not to say the game industry should be dominating that area but I feel like there should of been several more nominations over the years. Is the game industry overlooked, or are the quality of game scores generally sub par?

William Johnson
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Over looked. Despite the irony of video games being a mainstream media, there is still quite a bit of debate if video games can be considered an artistic expression.

Its inevitable for video games to be considered art, but that won't stop some from trying to slow the adoption of games as art.

Ramon Carroll
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Yeah, its really ridiculous when you think of it. Some of the best scores I've heard have been video game scores.

Just give it some time though. As with any other medium in its infancy, its only when the older resistant generations die off that it will start to gain the recognition it deserves.

Michael Theiler
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This is a great achievement, and a testament to Austin's work ethic, creative skill, and understanding of games as a medium. Austin creates scores for linear media also, but it is his undeniable creative abilities in creating beautiful scores paired with his understanding of dynamic game structures and composing for these interactive systems that makes me excited about this nomination. I think this will draw attention to the abilities of composers working in games, and the different mindset required to compose for dynamic, interactive media such as games.

Cordero W
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