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Post by Hanuel and Dara(Toilarin) on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:36 pm

Let's all share the music we like to listen to while gaming. My recommendation is the Baldur's Gate soundtrack. Solid mix of lively combat and atmospheric towns.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Zeiss on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:43 pm

What about the Shadow of Colossus soundtrack? We can easily find it on youtube (a one hour complication). I'm certainly going to put that divine music in my ears when I start posting.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Araiguna on Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:00 am

I like a lot of the "Two Steps from Hell" albums. They have a lot of music in movie trailers. im not sure if anything they've done has actually made it into the movie itself though. they've got a lot of theyre stuff in hour or 2 hour long videos on youtube. I also like to listen to "Miracle of sound" he has a lot of video game and movie inspired music that's actually really good.
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Post by Kolson on Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:18 am

For me it depends on what genre the game is and the mood I'm trying to invoke.

If it's fantasy, I prefer a selection of songs from RPG video games like the FF series, Albert Odyssey, the Chrono games, Lunar, stuff like that.

If it's sci-fi, I prefer Xenogears, Starcraft (I've never played the games but I love the soundtrack), Xenosaga, stuff like that.

If it's supposed to be cool, a bit weird, but ultimately tragic I'll turn to the Cowboy Bebop OST tracks every time.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Archengeia on Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:20 am

I have so, so many songs in my archive I've no idea where to start. I have playlists based on mood and location so... hrm. I suppose I could share the games represented in my 0 playlist...

We have some Chrono Trigger songs, FFIV songs, FFVI, FFVII, FFIX, FFMQ, FFD, Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts 358, Kingdom Hearts BBS, Lufia 2, Megaman 2, Megaman 3, Megaman X4, Megaman Zero 4, Metroid Prime 3, Secret of Mana, Warcraft 2, myself, and Link To The Past.

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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Snarg of Wildpaw on Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:42 am

It depends on the mood and the game I'm playing, but I find myself going to the soundtracks from films such as Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Evangelion (Rebuild's tracks ad nice), Lord of the Rings, and various films that John Williams has composed for. Sometimes go towards are the various World of Warcraft tracks too. The Guild Wars 2 soundtrack is absolutely beautiful; actually, just mark most of the stuff by Jeremy Soule on that list. Speaking of Chrono Trigger, there's some good orchestrated tracks that I like to replay too. It really, really depends on the mood though. Then there's the times when you just can't beat some Metallica, techno, or whatever comes up in the playlist.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:22 am

Archengeia wrote:We have some Chrono Trigger songs, FFIV songs, FFVI, FFVII, FFIX, FFMQ, FFD, Kingdom Hearts 2, Kingdom Hearts 358, Kingdom Hearts BBS, Lufia 2, Megaman 2, Megaman 3, Megaman X4, Megaman Zero 4, Metroid Prime 3, Secret of Mana, Warcraft 2, myself,
Whoa whoa whoa, you make your own music?
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Post by Archengeia on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:27 am

I've been making my own music since High School yes. No I'm not sharing any of it, I'm entirely too shy to do that.

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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Zeiss on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:30 am

Archengeia wrote:I've been making my own music since High School yes. No I'm not sharing any of it, I'm entirely too shy to do that.

That's fine. We will ask you again in six months when you're more comfortable with us. Cool
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:38 am

[quote="Zeiss"]
Archengeia wrote:I've been making my own music since High School yes. No I'm not sharing any of it, I'm entirely too shy to do that.
Do you play an instrument?
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Archengeia on Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:45 am

[quote="Rory Vallon"]
Zeiss wrote:
Archengeia wrote:I've been making my own music since High School yes. No I'm not sharing any of it, I'm entirely too shy to do that.
Do you play an insturment?

*sigh* I shouldn't have said anything hah. No see I'm... weird. I can't play any instruments, I can't read sheet music, and I'm tone deaf. (clarification: That does not mean I can't differentiate notes, it means I cannot identify them by ear like most musically inclined people can). When I was... much younger waay back in the day I learned musical theory by listening to songs by Nobuo Uematsu (this is not a joke). Everything I learned at the start was from analyzing the way he did his music, and I interpreted internally as patterns and equations (go figure, now days I know that music very literally is audio math). From that I started tinkering with a few things until I found my first mod tracker, which allowed me to literally do the music in patterns rather than in verse. And since then I've used a number of programs, including a few I coded myself during my college days, that allow me to digitally track the music, then push that into a good audio editor like Audition to polish and loop and whatnot, and finally to shove it out as an MP3.


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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:10 am

Okay, I guess I'll back off lol
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by K on Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:54 pm

*sigh* I shouldn't have said anything hah.

Too late. We're gonna pester you forever now.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:14 pm

Well if it's any consolation, it has to be acceptable if you like listening to it. You should get a second opinion privately from a friend or a family member, or at least someone you know will be brutally honest.
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Ashakel on Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:36 pm

Does anyone else play an instrument? I play drums in a punkish band, though I'm pretty much intermediate level.
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Post by Snarg of Wildpaw on Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:55 pm

Yeah, piano/keyboard. Was in a band in my teens. I mess around with my own tunes occasionally, although I don't have a lot of time to squeeze that in with everything else nowadays.
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Post by Ashakel on Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:57 pm

That's cool. Smile
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:35 pm

Have any of you guys played Splatterhouse? Arch might not be into it. He made a distinction between violence and "violence" in his AC:Revelations review, and this game is full of "violence". Gore. Just thought I'd mention that, but the music in this game is great. The developers got Mastodon to a lot of the heavy metal in it, and it is sublime. If Arch ever brings horror or some crazy crisis situation into the campaign, some of this would be very appropriate.

Here's a link to volume 1 on Grooveshark, where you can listen for free:
http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Splatterhouse+Volume+1/7110184

Volume 1 is all of Mastodon's work, Volume 2 is Howard Drossin's, sting music and the like. I would recommend listening to "The Corrupted", "Necro Lab", and "Zombies in the Mausoleum" first. They're pretty thematic.
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Post by Gwydo on Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:50 pm

Ashakel wrote:Does anyone else play an instrument? I play drums in a punkish band, though I'm pretty much intermediate level.

I used to back in High School. Now I mostly just sing in the shower. pirat
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Post by Z on Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:07 pm

Haha I have already succeeded in the pestering of him and have access to the fabled tunes unfortunately for you guys I'm not allowed to share under penalty of not receiving any more something I am unwilling to do
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Re: Good Gaming Tunes

Post by Rory on Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:05 pm

While we're on the subject of gaming tunes, I think at least Hanuel and Arche will recall talking about old game themes. Someone brought up Sonic 2 SMS, and I thought I understood which game, but I didn't. I was thinking of Sonic Spinball, A game I remember never being able to make past the 2nd level in(I didn't own it). Every level is basically played like a pinball machine, but it's music is quite thematic for 8-bit sound. The one theme that really takes me back is the boss theme:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW-aaSXPBYA

And here it is "remastered":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7CMQiQbAw0

When that track played, I would get a sense of dread and foreboding, and is iconic of the game for me, even more so than the game's actual theme.

Also, none of the bosses in the game actually attack you, but if you fall into the acid or get burned by a flame, you don't lose your rings, you just die; the rings are basically just there for points. So techically I shouldn't have been afraid of the bosses, but I was young, and the music was all it took to "sell" those bosses to me.
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Post by Archengeia on Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:46 pm

I actually rather enjoyed several Sonic tunes back in the day, Pinball being no exception. I still distinctly recall this pseudo spider looking boss in the shape of Robotnik, used to freak me out.

For some reason when I think of Sonic boss themes though this one just LEAPS to mind:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4L4TSrDB4M

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