Music is an important, though often overlooked, aspect of both video games and movies. A good -- or bad, for that matter -- soundtrack can be as much of a defining part of a work's aesthetic as the casting, special effects and other more visual aspects of production.
Sometimes, creators go a step further, though, and push music to the forefront of the experience. In the case of movies, we get stories that are built around musical numbers, or which tell the story of famous performers as they go about their business. And in the case of video games, we get interactive experiences where music is built into the mechanics of the game, elevating the work's soundtrack into something far more important than just background noise.
In order to celebrate these music-centric games and movies, Sony has launched the PlayStation Music sale on the PlayStation Store. During the sale, a number of music-themed games and movies will be available for a discount -- up to 50% off for regular users or up to 75% off for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Not only that, though, but if you buy any of the participating games or movies in the promotion, you'll get a 60-day free trial of Sony's Music Unlimited music-streaming service -- though you'll only be able to take advantage of this offer if you're not already a member of the service. In other words, if you're already a subscriber, you can't claim 60 days of free usage. Boo.
The games in the promotion include Everyday Shooter on both PS3 and PSP/Vita, the cross-buy PS3/Vita version of Kickbeat, Retro/Grade, Rock Band Blitz, the cross-buy PS3, PS4 and Vita version of Sound Shapes, and a selection of DLC for Rock Band 3. The movies, meanwhile, range from 8 Mile to Anvil! The Story of Anvil via Spice World, The School of Rock and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, so there should be something to cater to most music enthusiasts' tastes, however questionable.
The deal's a neat way for Sony to cross-promote its various online services, and having themed sales is a fun idea. Plus, if nothing else, this is a great opportunity to pick up some excellent games such as Everyday Shooter and Sound Shapes for a fraction of their normal price -- Sound Shapes is down from $14.99 to $7.34 for PlayStation Plus subscribers, for example, while Everyday Shooter is just $2.50, down from $9.99. Bargain.
For full details of the deals, check out Sony's official PlayStation Blog post.