I’m either tooting my own horn here, or demonstrating just how bad I am at beating video games, but today’s YouTube Spotlight is a playlist of my own making: music from games I’ve beaten. There are 50 tracks on the playlist, though it may be missing some, as I only counted games I currently have available to me. I can’t recall the games I may have beaten when I was really young.
Since there are so many types of video games, so may ways to beat them, I have some general rules about what it means to “beat” a video game for this playlist. The most basic rule is that I have to reach the credits of a game. This works for most games, Zelda and Mario games being prime examples. However, many games have an option to view the credits from the start, or very early on. Indie games like Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams are often like this. I have also reached the credits (many times, in fact) in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, but I haven’t added it to the list either.
Puzzle games like Dr. Mario Online RX have their own rule: I simply have to play all the game’s modes extensively before I consider it “beaten.” Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Melee follow this rule to a degree as well.
Finally, I don’t have to beat a game 100% for it to count as beaten. That particular playlist would probably be somewhere between 5 and 10 videos long.
So whether you think I’m tooting my own horn or demonstrating just how bad I am at beating video games, this post does serve a better purpose: exploring the question “What does it mean to ‘beat’ a video game?” What is your answer to that question?