Six months after their Top 10 Pop Punk Video special, Florida based melodic power punk rockers SIGNS OF PROGRESS are back with a cool video game themed video for their song “Autopilot”. Directed by Patrikk Hammer, who previously worked on their music video for “Bones Exposed“, and did this new clip as a collaboration for his school video project, the new visualizer comes in support of the band’s debut EP, “Safe Haven,” out now!
To celebrate, we have teamed up with the band to give you their top 5 video games ever! Check it out below.
1. Mega Man X (1993)
This was the first game I played extensively on SNES growing up. It is perfect in every way – it is an ideally designed single-player experience. It got me into platformers and there is nothing wrong with it, as far as I’m concerned. In a sense, it also introduced me to my love of anime and robots. The level design in this game is unparalleled to anything I’ve seen in recent years; newer platformers should strive to be as good as this game is! The difficulty curve is also elementary so that anyone could join in and play, but still has a high-enough skill ceiling. – Trent Fraley
2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
I know this pick can be considered a “cop-out” by many gamers, but this game is truly a masterpiece. Of course the level designs and intricate puzzles are to be praised for inspiring an entire genre of games that followed, but what really did it for me as a young man (as well as an adult) is the music. The entire story revolved around musical pieces and the score was absolutely incredible, even with the limitations of being on the N64. It was wildly imaginative and few games have been able to tie music into the story of a game as well as this one. This game played an important part in me discovering my love for music, and I am so grateful for all the inspiration and imagination it’s instilled in me over the years. – Jarred McKinney
3. Spyro the Dragon (1998)
This is the first game that I really invested a lot of time into, despite it not being my favorite of all time. It really solidified my future interest in gaming. Before this game, there were others that I enjoyed playing front to back, but nothing gave me that sense of accomplishment after completing the game and moving beyond the main storyline. Even though I was young when this game came out and the mechanics were outdated, it holds a special place in my heart. – Justin Burger
4. Super Smash Bros. (1999)
I’m not much of a gamer myself, but if there’s any game I’ve spent countless hours playing as a child it would be the original SSB. This will probably sound like a hot take to most video game fanatics, but I actually prefer the gravity of the characters in the original to the newer releases. Kirby will always be my main and no, I will not be taking criticism. – Sage Viscovi
5. The Jackbox Games series
As a long-distance band, this was one of the first ways we were really able to bond as band members. I think it is not only a fun experience for everyone, but a great team-building tool. You get to know each other’s personalities quickly when confronted with obscure questions and scenarios. We have a lot of inside jokes based around us playing these games, so we will always treasure them. – Sage Viscovi
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