Shop 'til the Drop
All right, time to christen this site with a new list. I won't be going for this fancy new "click trap" mechanic just yet (but man does that look like a tempting way to annoy people), so instead I'll do something to honor a lost feature of the old site: Specifically, the Gerstmann-endorsed "what Giant Bomb is" banner slogan that had included up until its disappearance, "the shop music from Hot Rod".
The following are a list of shop themes that go beyond simply setting the mood to do some commerce. They're either entrenched in the spirit of the game and its sense of humor and style, or they're just unusual for the sake of being unusual. Shopping for new items/power-ups/equipment can sometimes be such a customary and inescapable part of certain genres that savvy games will often seek interesting ways to subvert the experience. And, if only rarely, the shop themes can actually turn out to be the highlight of the soundtrack. Here's a few good examples:
(OK, so the new list tool doesn't allow for links inside the entries. For simplicity's sake, I'll add them all up here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Just click the number that corresponds to the entry.)