“I played my guitar in every imaginable way to convey the depth of the game”: 20 of the greatest guitar moments in video games – from Guitar Hero to surprise Joe Satriani soundtracks

People playing Guitar Hero Arcade
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The success of a video game can largely be attributed to charming visuals, compelling characters and an engrossing narrative, but there’s another crucial ingredient that can help transform a good game into a great one: music. Specifically, guitar music.

Whether it be through the soulful melancholic tunes of an acoustic guitar or the discordant dissonance of a distorted double-neck, guitars in the digital realm are incredibly versatile. 

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James Bentley

James is a staff writer at dedicated Apple site iMore. With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.