Interview: 7 Video Game Songs That Get Ryan Hemsworth's Respect

2. Steep Hill

Game: Animal Crossing
Composer: Kazumi Totaka

This is from Animal Crossing for Gamecube. It's this weird life-simulator game where you just interact with animals and kind of just within a video game. It was popular for incorporating a clock, so you could go through the game night and day, and if you went to this bar at a certain time, you'd find a dog named K.K. Slider playing songs on his guitar. Why do I feel so much emotion from a ballad written by a squeaking, computer-animated dog singing gibberish lyrics? The weird midi guitar falls perfectly in out and out of key, and when that whistle comes in. Ooh, my heart. "Those industry fat cats try to put a price on my music, but it wants to be free."

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