I named the speaker last time, and nearly got my head chopped off, so instead I’ll just share the quote without naming names … safer that way!

If [the classical composer] Beethoven were alive today, he’d be a video game composer.



  1. I completely disagree with He Who Shall Remain Nameless.

    I don’t see Beethoven’s music as a series of challenges, puzzles and reaction time surprises, as are video games, but rather as architectural edifices requiring great skill and attention to properly construct, but without any ‘gotcha!’ factor.

    But maybe I’m culturally deprived…

  2. I think you’re right, Bob. I thought the same thing several years ago when I quoted him. And of course the quote “If [the classical composer] Beethoven were alive today, he’d be a video game composer” could continue with “just like me!” Because the person quoted is a video game composer. And I just found it a wee bit arrogant.

    Begin arrogant I can recognize arrogance I think!

  3. Pretty is as pretty does…

  4. Well, recall that Beethoven did originally compose “Wellington’s Victory” to be played by some sort of musical autamatom. I think he got to at least level 3!

  5. Good catch, Bill!

    It was originally composed for the Panharmonicon, invented by Johann Maitzel (who is better known for inventing the metronome). So yes, he WAS something of a game composer.

    Beethoven’s defense of the charge that this piece is artistically inferior is quite amusing but doesn’t belong in this blog.

    See it at: