Since the earliest Nintendo games, many (not all) video games have had exceptional music. It was just difficult to tell how great it was because they were 8 bit tones.
A number of bands noticed the brilliance of video game music and made more elaborate arrangements from the original source material. This stuff is really good.
Don’t believe me?
Give Estradasphere’s “Super Buck II” (available on iTunes) a listen. It’s an avant-garde jazz arrangement of the theme song from Super Mario 2. I dare you to dislike it.
Want something a little more rock? Listen to the music of Minibosses on their myspace page.
They do a great job of covering many of the best video game music of the early 8 and 16 bit consoles. If you enjoyed their stuff, it’s available for free download on their web site.
Many modern video games also have excellent scores. The main theme from Halo 3 has an amazing guitar solo performed by guitar god Steve Vai.
While other games like the Metal Gear series just have incredible music by Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams.
If you’re looking for something different to listen to, looks some of these up. You don’t have to play video games to appreciate their soundtracks.