For the last few days, I (and a bunch of other bloggers) have been taking part in a challenge set by Kim at the wonderful Later Levels blog to write part of a Christmassy gaming story for twelve days. It’s been heaps of fun so far, and although I was going to take a break today (hence the late answer, I’m rushing to get this done before midnight), but I’ve decided to continue.
Today’s question: It’s now Christmas Eve and you’re throwing a lively party for all your friends, family and favourite characters. Which video game soundtracks would be on your playlist?
I have to admit, I don’t often listen to gaming soundtracks outside the game. It’s pretty much limited to when there’s an individual song on the soundtrack I loved or one of my friends (or partner) is listening to one. But, like everything in life, there are exceptions. In my many years of gaming, only three soundtracks have grabbed me enough for me to hunt them down and listen to them by themselves: the Mass Effect soundtrack, the Skyrim soundtrack, and most recently, the soundtrack to the Witcher: The Wild Hunt.
I’m currently playing through the Skellige section of Witcher 3, and I can’t think of better music for a relaxing Christmas than that awesome blend of Celtic and orchestral music that part has. It’s been beautiful to listen to, so beautiful that I often find myself riding/sailing around Skellige just to hear it.
However, it is my favourite games-related music for Christmas? My answer to that, unfortunately, would have to be a resounding no. Why? Because my favourite games-related Christmas music, and indeed all of my favourite music, is always Miracle of Sound.
For those of you who don’t know of it, Miracle of Sound is a band (consisting of the incredibly talented Gavin Dunne and sometimes guests) who pretty much makes songs exclusively about video games. He uses lots of different genres, as he believes good songs transcend their genre, and that fits my eclectic music taste perfectly. Here’s one of his songs about the Witcher:
Here’s one about Tomb Raider:
And here is my choice for games-related Christmas song:
If you would like to see my answer to yesterday’s question, have a look here.
If you would like to see other people’s answers, and maybe join in with tomorrow’s question, try looking over here.