Is it "real music"? Yes.
Do I hold it in as high esteem as music that's not created for games? No, with few exceptions.
My problem with video game music/movie music/television music is that it's sole purpose is to enhance a separate greater art form. With a whole lot of pieces of media, the music is merely a companion to the other media and highlights it, and with most video game music it's kind of painfully obvious. Whereas an album is supposed to stand up on it's own merit, it IS the product, and that's why I really evaluate them on separate levels.
There's only one exception, to me, where the soundtrack is able to capture the spirit of the source material but also truly stand on it's own merit of being interesting, well composed, and genuinely fantastic. For me that exception is the Twin Peaks soundtrack. I think that even without the television series, the album itself is beautiful and fantastic. I haven't been able to find a video game OST that can do that for me yet, maybe TWEWY, but that's pushing it.
Also the effort that someone put into something really doesn't matter, someone can pour their heart and soul into something but if it's mediocre then it's just mediocre.
So yeah, it's real music, but I hardly listen to video games OSTs because it's just really unrewarding for me, and I can't bring myself to hold the TWEWY soundtrack in as high of esteem as most of the music I listen to in my free time. A lot of the music is great, but the sole reason for the creation of that music wasn't to make art, it was to make something to go along with another piece of media. And for some reason I can't seem to get over that.
Crazo3077 wrote:I think it is holding up better than pop music
Slight pet peeve of mine, pop music =/= music that is popular. It's a common misconception