There is something wonderful about listening to a game soundtracks, they have the great ability to trigger our memories
maybe taking you back to a game you have recently completed
maybe a game that you played in your youth
maybe it reminds you of a certain area or dungeon from a MMO
maybe they just trigger other memories from different periods of your life.
So for this post I thought I’d share some of my favourite game music.
Planetside was one of my main MMO’s, the music was larger than life with a heavily military undertones. While playing the music was allocated to regions, but would also change as a fighting increased, ultimately blending into music that indicated victory or defeat.
Streets of Rage
The Streets of Rage music was great, the Yuzo Koshiro chip-tune tracks are instantly recognisable and have stuck with me for years.
Given the games had limited space for music, and the music had a limited note range, the soundtracks never felt as if they were repetitive to the point of annoyance, which if you listen to many game tracks from the same era they would likely force you to switch the game off for some respite.
The Chronicles of Spellborn
A unique game setting, with a unique combat system and artwork style.
The Chronicles of Spellborn was a game that I felt didn’t shy away from darker world elements, this also tied into the artwork style that blended the fantasy setting into something more rugged.
Command and Conquer
The C&C soundtrack was a wonderful experience, I always enjoyed the fact the game had the two paths each feeling different and the music through-out the series cemented the different tone of each.
The Secret World
The Secret World needed a theme that would allude to the cloaked underworld that exists just beneath the surface of our world, the power that was hided from everyday life.
For me the title theme managed to nail that vision rather nicely in my opinion and even though the game has relaunched as The Secret World Legends it is still one of my favourite MMO intro/main pieces.
If you enjoy MMO soundtracks then I strongly advise you to check out the Battle Bards Postcast https://twitter.com/battlebardscast it’s the world’s only podcast that is centered around MMO music.
Each episode the trio of hosts take you on a journey through different MMO soundscapes.
Like me you are probably spending your days staring at the interior walls of your home and most likely at a number of differently sized screens throughout the day.
While trips to get shopping get me away from the house they leave me feeling both physically and emotionally exhausted, those essential works who still have to commute and do their job in such an environment continue to have my utmost respect.
When I saw Belghast was preparing a blogging event for April (Blapril), I was very tempted to to embark on the experience once more, however I wanted to ensure that I was better placed to achieve completion this time before signing up, My last few attempts had to end early due to health and being overloaded at work reasons.
I’m happy to say that I shall be taking part in this great idea giving “a dose of internet togetherness to combat the negative effects of social distancing”. Not having to commute gives me back a solid 75 minutes a day and I want to ensure I ring-fence that time into some constructive and creative like Blapril.
Even if you aren’t inclined to fire up your blog and flex those writing skills, please follow some of the participants, I can’t wait to read the blogs of some of those who have signed up (The reading list is wonderful BTW).
Happy (Thank-Goodness-Neverending-March-Is-Finally-Over) April everyone I hope you and your family all keep safe.
It’s now? Right?
Welcome to the year 2020, YAY! We are officially living in the future, Now I just need my hover car and house in the clouds.
In all seriousness at least we aren’t all eating Soylent Green or glued to our Three-Dimensional Interactive Television’s like Harry Harrison and Ray Bradbury predicted…
Welcome to this, the compulsory first blog post of the year, which is of course rather late.
January is one of the busiest periods in my workplace so all the best will in the world doesn’t allow me to conjure up more time to devote to may extra activities. February is usually dominated by our Charity Gaming Marathon weekend, however this year we also managed air travel and attending a wedding alongside all the normal madness.
The wedding was a blast and we all had a lovely time catching up with friends. Travel home was to a different airport as they had cancelled our flight, but the taxi driver played games and ESO so the 4 hour journey wasn’t too taxing.
The GameBlast20 Charity event went rather smoothly, in the past Munki and I often run a donation page each and stream in parallel over the weekend. This year we had a re-think of our approach and run a single donation page and run our stream in a relay fashion.
This year our charity team Digital Rogues did fantastically well, raising a wonderful £1,228.27 for Special Effect.
This year will see the 20th anniversary of me registering welshtroll.co.uk domain, I may not post as frequently as I used to but I still want to try and commit to posting on some kind of schedule this year, which leads me nicely on to…
I wanted to write down my goals for this year, they aren’t anything too crazy but it will give me some focus throughout the year.
Redesign my Monster of the Week Templates for Roll20 – I kind of cheated on this goal as I started working on it in January, the bulk is completed I need to do some further clean up of the code and CSS.
I would like to flesh out more of the CyberPunk RPG world I started building last year, I am still adding additional elements into Kanka.io as they occur to me, however I’d like to dedicate some time to detailing more of the backstory and global history.
Replace my car – I have had this car for 5 years now and I need to start thinking about an upgrade, however I tend to spend again mulling over the details.
Think about a gaming themed tattoo, I have many ideas but I want to get a final shortlist of themes that I’m wanting to get, then decide on one.
Post at least once a Month, was going to aim for once a fortnight but I want to at least give myself some wiggle room.
Continuing my IntPiPoMo Picture posts, As is always the case I had emptied my phone of pictures in the Summer so I had to go digging through my archives, but hopefully I have plucked a few of my favourite Photos from this year, So Far!
Since I first heard of The Outer Worlds I wanted to try it, however I’ve kept myself at arms length from all but the most basic details of the game as I really wanted to go into it blind.
For me the game is just right.
There is no denying that I enjoy a good story, but I also enjoy diving into lore and backstory equally as much.
Lucky for me then that The Outer Worlds is filled to the brim with all of these elements, plus you are able to play in unique ways focusing less on combat (scratching that Deus Ex itch) and more on how you feel your character to behave/act.
Obsidian has created a great universe that I really can’t wait to see more of, fingers crossed we will see some DLC for the title as I really can’t wait to immerse myself into it again.
I have however started my second playthrough
I am sucker for those first encounters moments, crafted like any good movie scene they become permanently etched into your memories of a game, Outer Worlds seems to present you with amazing vistas repeatedly without making a huge song and dance about them.
In my playthrough I had a very similar problem to the one I face in the Elder Scrolls Online, you crest a hill or turn a corner and you stop in your tracks as the sights can some be overwhelming.