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That Music Sounds Familiar…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 15, 2016

So in addition to having amassed a pretty gigantic library of video games that I haven’t actually had time to play, I have amassed a pretty substantial library of video game music. One of the advantages of going through GOG.COM was that you used to get the soundtracks as free bonus files. That was before game developers learned that you could charge more for the independent soundtrack, I guess.

I’ve also picked up soundtracks in bundles and so forth. In fact, there have been a couple of times I’ve picked up a game because of the soundtrack. Anyway, the end result is that I have a music library of game soundtracks, ranging from the old MIDI-style music converted into MP3s, to fully orchestrated pieces worthy of a big-budget film.  Enough that I could play everything in the library 24-7 for many days without a single repeat. Some of the music is familiar, giving me fond memories of hours spent playing some great games. Some is unfamiliar, and I just enjoy listening to it because it’s good.

I listen to it a lot, especially when I’m working on game development. Inspirational music. Both the familiar and the unfamiliar. So in spite of the size of the library, on random play I’ve heard everything multiple times.

What gets really funny is when a certain score becomes very familiar to me, and then I finally play the game its based on. Some subconscious part of my brain tells me that something is wrong because the music is so familiar, the game should be familiar … but it is not.

Yeah, game geek problems, I know. I’m not really complaining, just making an amused observation.

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  • Darius said,

    Typically if I have the soundtrack to a game, and I intend to to play the game through at some point, I’ll skip listening to the music until after I’ve played the game for this very reason. I would much rather be reminded of that touching scene in a video game while programming, than be reminded of programming during that touching scene in the game.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Yup, I suppose I should have thought of that… 😉