Video game music that we love May08

Video game music that we love

Since May is our music-themed month, we will be regaling you with fun playlists every Friday. This is some of our favourite tunes from awesome video games. We love that the Civilization IV song is the Lord’s Prayer. And also, Lindsey Stirling is one of our favourite musicians of all time; go listen to all her stuff on YouTube. “Zelda Medley” (Lindsey Stirling) This gives us the feels. Time to go play Ocarina of Time.   “Baba Yetu” (Civilization IV) This is actually the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. It was the first video game theme nominated for a Grammy.   “Never Forget” (Halo) We will never forget how amazing the Halo soundtrack is.   “Fear Not This Night” (Guild Wars 2) This Guild Wars 2 song is our sandwich, along with the game itself.   “One Winged Angel” (Final Fantasy VII) You can’t go wrong with Final Fantasy music. Really, it’s all...

Guild Wars is my sandwich...

In my journeys across the great, expansive world of the Internet, I have come to learn that community is ultimately what makes or breaks an online environment, whether it be in the context of an online game, a forum, or even an entire fandom. I’m a sucker for lame metaphors, and I’ve concocted a doozie to apply to such an examination as this; the online environment itself can be represented by a tasty sandwich, with its community represented as the cheese. Let me first offer an example centred on one of my all-time favourite online roleplaying games: Guild Wars 2. As a sandwich, I see this game as a big tasty reuben (Arguably my favourite sandwich! But not everyone likes them, so if you’re one of those people, just try to see things from my point of view for the sake of this little metaphor). It is a breathtaking beauty to behold, incomparably delectable, highly and unhealthily addictive, and undeniably one of humanity’s finest creations. The cheese is perfectly melted into the sandwich, in such a way that the two are indistinguishably unified and interpreted by the taste buds as one single delicious entity. I prefer communities where we can all move toward our collective betterment together. Now let’s turn things around and talk about the other side of the proverbial pancake. I cannot discuss online game communities without mentioning League of Legends, a game notorious for its unwelcoming, quick-to-anger community of players. And this, more than any other aspect, heavily detracts from new players’ enjoyment of the game. I mean, it really seems like an otherwise great game; I was a big fan of the DotA mod in Warcraft 3, and the similarities between the two are undeniable. I see League of Legends...