Music I'm Gaming To #1

The title should say it all.  Or most of it.  OK, I'll settle for some of it.  This is going to be a semi-regular (insofar as "regular" meaning whenever I damn well feel like writing) thingamajig.  Feel free to join in, create your own, do whatever.  I'm going to limit myself to listing ten songs of the moment, so here you go, in no particular order:  
 
1) Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim 
This song makes every game better.  I remember playing Driver 2, and playing this game as I purposefully hit jumps, big ass ramps, and other cars.  Today, it's my go-to song for all things cars, guns, and sports.  Really, it is the sort of song that goes with every genre of game. 
 
2) I Luv It - Eastsidaz 
Yup.  I'm white and I listen to rap.  Piss off, this song was great.  I think I first used it on a playlist in the days of Tony Hawk 3.  It's still a good song today, especially Snoop Dogg's bits. 
 
3) Show Me How to Live - Audioslave 
One of my favorite music videos makes the transition to being a badass gaming song pretty smoothly.  This is always a good choice for Halo 3, or just about anything with guns and general badassery. 
 
4) Ghetto Bird - Ice Cube 
Look, if you play Grand Theft Auto or Saint's Row without Ghetto Bird on a playlist, you're straight-up missing out on half the experience. 
 
5) Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson 
I'm an unabashed old school Michael Jackson fan.  Always have been, always will be.  This is a fantastic song that works very well in a lot of games, but I especially love it for racing and sports games.   
 
6) Hold On!  I'm Coming! - Sam and Dave 
Classic song.  Works fantastic for any team based game, but honestly, I could play this in just about any aspect of my life, and it would make it awesome. 
 
7) The Spicy McHaggis Jig - Dropkick Murphys 
Dropkick's one of those bands that has a ton of entries in my gaming playlist, so expect to see it a lot in future blogs.  They're a great drinking, fighting, and gaming band, and you really can't go wrong with any of their songs.  This just happened to be the one that came up when I was typing this. 
 
8) Requiem for a Tower - Clint Mansell and London Music Works  
Mixed among my songs are a ton of movie and movie-related songs.  This was a remix of Clint Mansell's excellent song from Requiem for a Dream, done up for The Two Towers.  Great for RPG's in particular. 
 
9) Never Gonna Stop - Rob Zombie 
My favorite song for wrestling games comes from Mr. Zombie, who will also make multiple entries in future blogs. 
 
10) Go Getter Greg - Ludo 
Not a song particular to any type of game, but just a fun song to have as background noise.  Ludo's a superb band - if you haven't heard of them, give them a go.

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Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

The title should say it all.  Or most of it.  OK, I'll settle for some of it.  This is going to be a semi-regular (insofar as "regular" meaning whenever I damn well feel like writing) thingamajig.  Feel free to join in, create your own, do whatever.  I'm going to limit myself to listing ten songs of the moment, so here you go, in no particular order:  
 
1) Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim 
This song makes every game better.  I remember playing Driver 2, and playing this game as I purposefully hit jumps, big ass ramps, and other cars.  Today, it's my go-to song for all things cars, guns, and sports.  Really, it is the sort of song that goes with every genre of game. 
 
2) I Luv It - Eastsidaz 
Yup.  I'm white and I listen to rap.  Piss off, this song was great.  I think I first used it on a playlist in the days of Tony Hawk 3.  It's still a good song today, especially Snoop Dogg's bits. 
 
3) Show Me How to Live - Audioslave 
One of my favorite music videos makes the transition to being a badass gaming song pretty smoothly.  This is always a good choice for Halo 3, or just about anything with guns and general badassery. 
 
4) Ghetto Bird - Ice Cube 
Look, if you play Grand Theft Auto or Saint's Row without Ghetto Bird on a playlist, you're straight-up missing out on half the experience. 
 
5) Blood on the Dance Floor - Michael Jackson 
I'm an unabashed old school Michael Jackson fan.  Always have been, always will be.  This is a fantastic song that works very well in a lot of games, but I especially love it for racing and sports games.   
 
6) Hold On!  I'm Coming! - Sam and Dave 
Classic song.  Works fantastic for any team based game, but honestly, I could play this in just about any aspect of my life, and it would make it awesome. 
 
7) The Spicy McHaggis Jig - Dropkick Murphys 
Dropkick's one of those bands that has a ton of entries in my gaming playlist, so expect to see it a lot in future blogs.  They're a great drinking, fighting, and gaming band, and you really can't go wrong with any of their songs.  This just happened to be the one that came up when I was typing this. 
 
8) Requiem for a Tower - Clint Mansell and London Music Works  
Mixed among my songs are a ton of movie and movie-related songs.  This was a remix of Clint Mansell's excellent song from Requiem for a Dream, done up for The Two Towers.  Great for RPG's in particular. 
 
9) Never Gonna Stop - Rob Zombie 
My favorite song for wrestling games comes from Mr. Zombie, who will also make multiple entries in future blogs. 
 
10) Go Getter Greg - Ludo 
Not a song particular to any type of game, but just a fun song to have as background noise.  Ludo's a superb band - if you haven't heard of them, give them a go.

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Posted by RenegadeSaint

I definitely have a lot of songs that bring back memories of playing games when I was younger.  I didn't quite appreciate the atmosphere that the developers were going for and probably made some games worse by blasting generic rock instead of listening to the soundtrack (i.e. Metroid Prime).

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw
@RenegadeSaint:
I usually won't play a custom playlist until I'm familiar enough with the soundtrack/score.  I usually won't play custom tracks on an RPG at all, unless I'm either grinding or free roaming (Fallout, Oblivion, etc.).  But in cases like Tiger Woods, Forza, or NBA Street, I can usually hear their playlist once or twice and be good to go. 
 
Two sports games that tend to be the exception are SSX 3 and Amped 3.  I skip around a lot on the various songs of Amped 3, but I think their shotgun approach to music worked amazingly well, as there ends up being a ton to like.  And SSX 3's soundtrack has yet to be really equaled,in terms of its relativity to the gameplay.  I love the subtlety of the tracks coming and going as you do better, and the song selection is just superb.
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Posted by RenegadeSaint
@Sparky_Buzzsaw:  I definitely agree.  Sports and action games are great for custom soundtracks because the ambient noise is usually not important to the experience.  And after endless hours spent grinding or wandering an aimless dungeon in an RPG, I sometimes mix it up there too.