Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

What Music Stirs Your Ancient Gaming Memories?

Illustration for article titled What Music Stirs Your Ancient Gaming Memories?

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.


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.


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

About Speak-Up on Kotaku: Our readers have a lot to say, and sometimes what they have to say has nothing to do with the stories we run. That's why we have a forum on Kotaku called Speak-Up. That's the place to post anecdotes, photos, game tips and hints, and anything you want to share with Kotaku at large. Every weekday we'll pull one of the best Speak-Up posts we can find and highlight it here.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter


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 [] (a baseball game for the PS2)

The Bravery - An Honest Mistake [] (MVP Baseball 2005)

The Bravery - Believe [] (Madden NFL 08

War - Lowrider [] (MLB 08: The Show)

Dragula [Hot Rod Herman Remix] [] (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) [] (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) [] (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 [] (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) [] (Monopoly CD-ROM by Westwood, those were some jazzy MIDIs, let me tell'ya..)

Muse - Uprising [] (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 [] (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) ;)