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The Femme Fatality: Study like a hero

When I am cracking down on my studies, the first question I always ask myself is, “What kind of music do I want to listen to?” Inevitably I find myself in the same playlist: video game study music.

The soundtrack from some of your favorite video games can be perfect study music.

Maybe it’s the nostalgia of playing some of my favorite games that keeps me focused, or maybe it’s the fact that I feel like I’m on a mission while writing a simple paper.

Either way, video game music keeps me motivated in a way that no other genre of music can.

Trying this simple playlist could be a valuable tool to aid in your future educational adventures.

Starting out, try listening to the original soundtrack of “The Sims.” It has an upbeat, jazzy piano style. The music has a feel of starting something fun and manageable, just like building a house in the “The Sims.”

Then try changing it up to music that is slow, with bold, somber melodies, from role playing or adventure games.

Some of these tracks include “Far Horizons” from “Skyrim,” “Cohen’s Masterpiece” from “Bioshock” and “Nate’s Theme” from “Uncharted.”  If you are a big gamer this kind of music can bring back pleasant memories of accomplishments and hours of adventuring. If not, it still sounds really cool.

By this point, you’re off to a good start, and you’re still focused. Don’t let it get stale. Switch to songs you don’t know as well from games you aren’t as familiar with. “Soviet Connection” from “Grand Theft Auto IV” and “One Final Effort” from “Halo 3” are two of my favorites.

Not knowing the music as well will give you a chance to gather your thoughts without distraction.

Now it’s time to power through, turn to something upbeat and powerful such as “Street Fighter 4: Original Soundtrack”. This dubstep-like fighting music is so catchy and upbeat you can’t help but want to work harder. The first few I migrate toward are “Snowy Rail Yard,” “Deserted Temple” and “Training Stage.”

I’m not the only student who uses this as a valuable tool; gamers all across campus enjoy music from thier favorite games while they work.

“One of my favorite albums is the soundtrack for ‘Halo 4,’” said Adam Zsolnai, a business major. “I also like some of the classic ‘Halo’ soundtracks by Martin O’ Donnell and Michael Salvatori, and the ‘Gears of  War’ soundtracks. I also really like Batman: Arkham City” and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

“If I had to choose just one,” said Zsolnai, “It would have to be the song from the ‘Halo 4’ soundtrack, ‘Arrival.’”


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