Last night, after years and years of putting it off, I finally played the final couple of missions in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Yeah, I know. Hey, I like the game and everything, but I got sidetracked!)
It was a kick to finish the story the day before the sequel, Heart of the Swarm, comes out. The saga of Kerrigan and Raynor may have ended on a cliffhanger, but I get to see that cliffhanger resolve (at least somewhat) almost immediately. Maybe that's why I waited. Yeah, that's why. Sure.
After completing the game, the credits roll. It starts out playing the game's winning mix of dramatic orchestration, Firefly-style guitars and dobros, and Top Gun-sounding electric guitar wailing. But then... something happens. A song begins to play.
That song is 'Terran Up the Night," a jock-metal anthem by the band Level 800 Tauren Chieftain. Yes. That is the name of the band. Well, sort of. That's the in-game name of the band, who in the real world are called Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain. Which: Hee. The band is made up of Blizzard employees, and it looks like they've gone through enough different names over the years (basically, they keep leveling up) that it's difficult to really keep up.
In a world where we've already had the amazing (and similar) credits music to Aliens: Infestation, it feels like a blessing that we get one more. A tacky, tacky blessing.