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What Music Stirs Your Ancient Gaming Memories?

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In today's edition of Speak-Up on Kotaku, commenter Arok_Lazarus wonders what music transports us back to the games we used to play.

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So I've been listening to a lot of Queen lately again. It has also been bringing up lots of gaming memories for me.

Back when Star Wars: Battlefront II came out my best friend and I would play it for hours on end almost all the time. While playing the game we were on a big Queen kick at the time and would listen to a lot of their songs while playing Battlefront. Now whenever I listen to Queen I always, always, always remember the hours of fun I had playing Battlefront. In fact some songs from other bands always spark memories of KoTOR in the final area from when I first beat the game. Wild Horses is one of those songs.

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Anyone willing to share any songs that are totally unrelated to games, that make them think of a specific and equally unrelated game?

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OK, while I got kinda disappointed that it was actually "Music unrelated to the game you thought of while listening to it", I still set out to find some anyways. So I have three categories: (listed in descending order)

3. Songs that were actually in games but maybe-kinda sounded not in the right place(sorta) (basically songs that existed before they were in a game)

Caesars - Jerk It Out [www.youtube.com] (a baseball game for the PS2)

The Bravery - An Honest Mistake [www.youtube.com] (MVP Baseball 2005)

The Bravery - Believe [www.youtube.com] (Madden NFL 08

War - Lowrider [www.youtube.com] (MLB 08: The Show)

Dragula [Hot Rod Herman Remix] [www.youtube.com] (Sled Storm)

2. Songs that aren't related to any games but only conjure basic/vague ideas of games and/or their elements in certain situations

Nightwish - Ghost Love Score (couldn't find a good non-stage version) [www.youtube.com] (when I first heard this, I imagined an epic battle between the good and evil forces of any games/franchises I knew of)(also, occasionally an XBOX HEUG asteroid pops up at 6:19, requiring both sides to team-up to stop it, and also Captain Falcon and/or other on occasion make a heroic sacrifice (FALCON.. PAUUUNCH!!!) to stop the darn thing at 7:59)

EnV~ - Heaven Rd. 1-3 (mostly 2) [www.youtube.com] (basically the same thing as the last one, except it's a cross-dimensional race between everybody ala a semi-serious Mario Kart, spanning locations across franchises)

1. Songs that both aren't related to a game and actually conjure thoughts of specific games)

gravity blast [8bc.org] (kinda pushing it, but I imagine this could be in some sort of Mega Man game (of classic restyling like 9 and 10) that's set in space and based around the planets)(oh, and Pluto Man would be a secret boss)

David Benoit - Beat Street (preferably the faster Youtube version) [www.youtube.com] (Monopoly CD-ROM by Westwood, those were some jazzy MIDIs, let me tell'ya..)

Muse - Uprising [www.youtube.com] (when I first heard this, I thought of the game Epic Mickey (when it wasn't out yet (and No; I still haven't played it yet :( )), as I could imagine a trailer of sorts showing Oswald gathering a rebel army to fight the more famous toons/Mickey or something like that)

Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round [www.youtube.com] (I don't play Halo often, but when I was over at a friend's house once, he decided to play this during a match with some buddies and I. The two will never be far-apart now...)

..Uh, so, looking back on my list, I seemed to have typed out alot more then I intended to. Ah well, I like music, so I suppose I didn't mind. (hope you guys don't) ;)