Experience Points: Music You Jam, While Playing Games
This time of year is truly sparse without any worthwhile topical discussion. So I thought that today we could take some time to chill out before Gamescom, and talk about something which is equally important to gaming, that of music. I admit that I am normally not the type of person to ‘jam’ music normally when playing games, particularly when playing a singleplayer campaign. I tend to enjoy the original soundtrack, but at times this wholly depends on the type of singeplayer experience.
I find that in huge open world games like a Bethesda epic such as Skyrim or Fallout 3, I will play some form of music when questing for endless hour upon endless hour. In this situation, it helps to keep me “in the zone” and reinforces the immersion factor of the game, instead of detracting from it as I have experienced in other games. Music can be vital for some gamers as it somehow has the unseen effect of a self-perceived improvement in skills. Perhaps you just really enjoy listening to music whilst playing your favourite game? I think both reasons are pretty valid.
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Music, from my experience, has always been most valued in multiplayer games. This is especially true when it came to my dedicated stint, nearly four months long, to playing Battlefield 3 (BF3), a game which consumes exorbitant amounts of time. I owe much of an enjoyable experience not only to the well designed multiplayer squad-based action of BF3’s design , but also to the playlist which pumped up the action mentally during sessions of the game. In BF3, when you’re hitting your stride with a match and are reaping the benefits of a great K/D ratio; the right type of music at a specific and critical time is well needed.
I can remember many instances where during a multiplayer match, where I did particularly well, and a certain song was playing. For some reason, that song became the frag-inducing track in my playlist, and would eventually receive repeated plays. There have been certain songs which have stood the test of time, and actual albums which I constantly listen to in mutliplayer games where excessive killing is required. Two albums which stood out for me, in terms of gaming memories, have to been the first two Linkin Park albums, Hybrid Theory and Meteora, and System Of A Down’s album Toxicity.
Of course, I do enjoy other bands and artists like Slipknot and Metallica. But when it comes to my gaming history, I clearly remember how much Linkin Park and System of A Down I listened to in my early gaming years. Now my musical tastes are far more varied. But I still appreciate heavy music when playing games, which will remain a mainstay in my multiplayer gaming sessions.
At the moment, I’m always discovering new artists and bands, and a result of this is that my playlist is constantly changing when it comes to what I listen to whilst gaming. Currently I’m enjoying music by a rising band called Dangerkids, as the band is reminiscent of old school nu-metal bands like Linkin Park in their heyday with a post-hardcore twist. It’s funny how heavy music is great for everything from exercising to playing games. It is by far my most favoured type of music when gaming. Yet the question I’m pondering is: what type of music do you listen to during your gaming sessions?