In a music mood
Apologies to Jeff Rients for the title. More apologies for all the
links in the following text...
In a recent post Jeff commented on the
relationship between (heavy metal) music and gaming.
In many ways heavy metal and D&D go together like peas and
mashed potatoes. Some people keep them separate on their plate but
the awesomest folks mix 'em together with wild abandon.
Not trying to cash in on the Gameblog's topic, but it made me
think about what music I have always liked to game to. I made a
comment after Jeff's post, carelessly posted as an
Anonymous Coward, with my suggestion of Deep Purple along with
the existing entries of Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep. But as much
as I agree with Jeff's post above, I have plenty of other musics I
would put into the same category.
So here, for posterity's sake is a short list of significant
(for me only) gaming music:
- The Revenge album by
Eurythmics. There is nothing gamist about this album at all. I just
loved it, and was listening to it a lot at the time we were
holidaying in Broome
and I was making up a pair of 50th level Paladin-Rangers
(AD&D1). I never played them (strangely enough), but I made up
wonderful backstories and even wrote them up in cool little
notebooks. Also see this post
regarding the fun of just making up characters for no good
- 5150 by
Van Halen. Another not-very-gamy album, but my brother Jason and I
listened to it a lot around the same time as the above and forever
after. Played many rounds of
B1-9 In Search of the Unknown to this music.
- Faith No More. Any and all
albums. Just favourites of my late-high school gaming group (in our
- Meat Loaf's
Bat Out of Hell II also made a great soundtrack.
- Having already mentioned Black Sabbath, I would draw particular
mention to the album Tyr, which is full
of references to Nordic mythology, much like Tolkien. One of my
favourite albums of all time, and games especially well with
GAZ7 The Northern Reaches
- There are plenty of gaming soundtracks available out there. A
few game bloggers posted recently about the death of the composer
of the Conan the Barbarian soundtrack. Not having listened to it, I
can't comment, but I have put some tracks on my itunes wishlist.
EDIT: Have since listened, and must agree that it makes for
some good gaming background noise.
- Also stratos, a co-member of the Christian Gamers Guild,
creates official gaming music here.
Anyone else out there got some great game-memory triggering
music (of any variety)?