Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Best of Covers of Mario Paint, Unlikely Video Game Composition Forefather

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 7:38 AM

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There are some seemingly obvious theories about why people would go about the trouble of creating songs on Mario Paint. For one thing, the game was fairly popular in the 1990s and seems to hit twenty-somethings in the face with a big dose of nostalgia.

Whatever the rationale, showing off on Mario Paint is part of a proud "modding" subculture within music gaming. For years, people with programming skills uploaded custom Guitar Hero songs to YouTube. That tradition has continued with the Rock Band Network, as a number of people have uploaded videos of songs that may never be release in the Rock Band universe.

And while it's impressive to see what "Knights of Cydonia" would look like in the unlikely event it makes it to Rock Band 3, it's downright mind-boggling what people can do using icons of magic mushrooms and Shy Guys.

Just look what one fan did with Dragonforce's "Through the Fire and Flames," which has amassed a staggering 5.6 million views:

Truly staggering stuff for what's for all intents and purposes a Microsoft Paint clone.

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