Gaming to the Music of Genesis
Jonathan Kinney
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The greatest thing about Genesis that makes it perfect for gaming is that the music is great, but rarely does it impinge on the gaming experience. Unlike a solo Phil Collins album where people feel the need to re-enact the drum solo in "In the Air Tonight" or playing air guitar during an Eddie Van Halen solo, Genesis allows for that perfect mix of solid background music that is still recognizeable to even the casual listener.
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Song: No Reply At All
Album: Abacab

Classic Collins era song. It's sort of like a game of Diplomacy when you can't make a deal with anyone.
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Song: Follow You, Follow Me
Album: And Then There Were Three

A "tweener". Collins trying to be Gabriel. But still a very enjoyable piece of music. It's like a game of Memoir '44 melding the themes of wargaming with the modern elements of a new gaming generation. Instead of being a long meandering all-day game, it's much shorter, but harkens back to the miniature gaming of old.
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Song: Afterglow
Album: Wind and Wuthering

While most people wouldn't know the song by name, everyone has likely heard it before. It's a like a game of Saint Petersburg. Even if you've never played it, it immediately feels familiar because it incorporates the elements of so many other games.
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Song: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Album: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

The transition album. A great mix of classic "prog rock" and the newer radio-friendly influences. It's sort of like the Catan of Genesis.
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Song: Turn It On Again
Album: Duke

As Genesis started to come to grips with their mainstream popularity they still tried to stay true to their roots - sort of like Friedrich - a euro-style game that tries to pay homage to its wargaming ancestors.
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Song: Mama
Album: Genesis

Great instrumentals and classic Collins vocals. It's a song that needs to prove itself...distinguishing itself from the past. Sort of like Twilight Struggle, it inherits elements from the past while building on new themes and influencing future games.
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Song: Driving The Last Spike
Album: We Can't Dance

Every post-Gabriel Genesis album had one song (at least) that was a tip of the hat to their prog-rock roots. At 10:09 this definitely fit the bill. In many of the games of today there are always elements that pay homage to top games of the past. Whether it's the construction/production mechanics of Puerto Rico, the period advancement elements of Advanced Civilization or even Carcassonne and Catan paying homage to themselves.
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Hopefully becoming a restaurant owner soon! Peter Melanson
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I am blessed with a complete lack of rythym on the dance floor!
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