As explored in our last outing, music can leave quite the lasting impression. Some of the bleeps and bloops of our childhoods will stick with us forever but what happens when that music goes outside the realm of just video games? We'll examine that today with my list of the 5 Most Kick Ass Gamer Anthems. Short answer, you get some funny if not totally bad ass music!
- "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" by Cage the Elephant Featured in Borderlands
This song, featured in the opening cinematic of the hit Gearbox title Borderlands, became a gamer anthem by mistake. While the song got a fair amount of radio play in the states, the song was most well known for the clip above.
- "Code Monkey" by Johnathan Coulton Featured in Code Monkeys
While being in headlines more recently for having a song ripped off and featured in the television show Glee, Johnathan Coulton has been a mainstay in geek culture for quite some time. While "Still Alive" is arguably his most famous song, most people were first exposed to his talents when his song was chosen as the title track for the show Code Monkeys on G4.
- "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" by the cast of the web series The Guild
In World of Warcraft's heyday there were many parodies, spoofs and shows made using the game as the centerpiece. None were so revered and popular as The Guild, a dramedy surrounding a group of friends in a World of Warcraft guild. Felicia Day and crew's poking fun at online dating and dating through games was an instant classic among the gaming populace.
- "Vi Sitter I Ventrilo Och Spelar DotA" (We're Sitting Here in Ventrilo and Playing DotA) By Basshunter
Though it missed the EDM boom of the late 90's, Basshunter's "Spelar DotA" became an underground smash hit in the gaming scene when WoW was experiencing it's best days. Though the song references the fiercely tough and competitive Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III, the Swedish lyrics give it a universal feel especially for any PvP type mode.
- "Storm, Earth and Fire" by Level 100 Elite Tauren Chieftain (Level 70 at time of composition) Featured in World of Warcraft at various points
Arguably the most popular group and music spawned from any game ever, Level 100 Elite Tauren Cheiftain (whose number increases with each expansion/level cap being upped) hit it out of the park with all their songs referencing the Warcraft universe. The songs eventually caught the ear of Blizzard who actually made the band in-game avatars who reside in Blood Elves' Silvermoon City and play concerts during various events throughout the year.