Have you ever been playing a game, and someone started singing, and you've associated the song with that game ever since? Or have you ever had a hilarious inside joke involving a game and a song? Or have you even ever just mentally linked a game with a musical counterpart?
If so, this list needs your stories! The good, the bad, the funny, the corny, the almost-killed-my-buddy-and-me-laughing-but-no-one-else-will-ever-understand!
Please share your own stories of games and their beats (and no, I don't mean when you lose really badly). I'll start the list off with a few.
A YouTube link would also be appreciated for those not familiar with any songs given.
Warangel became the first game to get stuck to a band in my head, in this case the Beatles' "1" album. I never played that music during my games, but I played it while I was mounting some of the armies on little wooden blocks. And bam; "Penny Lane" and "Paperback Writer" make me want to drop everything I'm doing and take out the Warangel set right now. Whenever my avatar attacks anything, this peals through my brain:
But after getting the Sailor Moon soundtrack associated with The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game I became a bit more careful. To this day I cannot play the game without hearing strains of soundtrack from the Sailor Moon Sailor Stars season. It's quite hard to quest through the depths of Moria while "Tuxedo Mirage" is going through your head.
Not that this stopped me from getting Owl City apparently permanently associated with Agricola. Even when I'm playing with other people, there is always a point in the game when I can hear "Shooting Star" loud and clear in the background. Now, I quite like Owl City, but I'm trying to gauge how much grain to harvest and how much to bake while balancing the triptych of animal scoring.... my head wanting to skyrocket to the moon has left me with something like an average of 19 points in person-to-person games.
So I made sure Mythic Battles became associated with Two Steps from Hell. It worked.
Sure, it's a little distracting at work when this comes up on the headphones and I'm suddenly transported to all those hours spent bent over battlefields and card management... but it's actually a nice way to get a brief escape from dealing with refactoring crufty code.
Setting up my own ear worm for a game was quite successful, so I'm looking to do it a second time. It should be no surprise that Duel of Ages II is my current favorite game, and I'd love to be able to do this dual feedback thing again where playing a simple track can transport me to a time Far in the Future where people from multiple worlds and multiple times play virtual reality games in holodecks...
Turns out ear-worming is a two-way street.
Current candidate: the Persona 4 soundtrack, which is actually quite varied.
Back in the day (a looong time ago) we used to play Nuke War after any RPG session (D&D, Boot Hill, etc.). I don't know who started it, but most times when somebody used propaganda to steal population they would start singing this.
How can this not be on the list? I can't play this game without breaking into the classic "I shot the sheriff". And it gets me gunned down every time. You try convincing people you're the deputy between refrains...