This is very much unlike me, both in its admittance and in its onset, but I’ve been having a hard time getting any writing done lately. Motivation is low. What is this malady? I’ve always tried to make it a point to consistently post as frequently as possible, if not daily then every other day. I’m sure this all stems from some misplaced sense of showmanship over my childhood bullies and naysayers, but I’ll blame it on anxiousness over the fact we’re still waiting for our baby to arrive!
However, a little metric came along today to give me an excuse to write about something I’ve been wanting to for some time: we reached 40k views today. Here is an artist’s rendition of the calcified Well-Red Mage receiving all those hits.
In the past, we’ve hosted some fun community projects, so in that spirit I’d like to ask if you’d share your favorite video game soundtracks, specifically those you use for writing. Which VG OSTs are simply the best to get some writing done to? Nothing like some stellar music to get the creativity flowing again. See how I’m using this post as an excuse to squeeze some motivation out of our readers? Hah! Ingenuous! *wink*
Here are a few of my own personal favorites:
Final Fantasy Piano Collections
While not actually soundtracks, I’ve been collecting and listening to this series for years and it’s my immediate go-to for writing inspiration and focus. I typically utilize non-lyrical music (befitting soundtracks) for more emphasis on acuteness of mind. And now I don’t have to list every FF soundtrack individually.
Austin Wintory’s lonely score for this masterpiece always caps the top of my non-FF soundtracks. It never ceases to move me to some degree and it’s perfect for getting focused.
Hyper Light Drifter
This was one of the best games I played last year and it’s soundtrack is the perfect acid-tech accompaniment for its magenta-cyan world. Some of its tracks are skippable if they’re too dissonant but on the whole it’s great for writing.
If you haven’t played Bound yet, shame, doc. It’s unforgettable both visually and audibly.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
The most traditionally adventurous soundtrack on this list, Joe Hisaishi took the leap from scoring film to scoring video games with this OST and he brought all of his penchant for magic and whimsy with him.
Also by Wintory, this brief, elegant soundtrack is driven by cellos and I love its profundity. Great for achieving that focus.
The soundtrack from Okami is a little more culturally specific than a lot of these others, so I generally turn to it if I’m writing something with the same flavor. It’s both magnificent and quirky.
Breath of Fire II
Yes I sometimes write to a 16-bit soundtrack. So what?
Every once in a blue moon that’s about to be rolled up by a gigantic, sticky ball, I turn to this ridiculous soundtrack to get in the right mode to write something ridiculous. Not for everyone.
Grim Fandango Remastered
Swanky as they come, every once in a while I’ll turn on this beauty for the sheer sake of classiness.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The newest addition to my list of favorite soundtracks, I knew this one was a keeper in the first hour of hearing it. Atmospheric piano in an open-world game? Yes please.
On this list, I’ve stuck to games I’ve had an opportunity to review here but I’d be failing you if I didn’t mention this one. My favorite game of all time also bears one of my favorite soundtracks of all time. The best part is, there are a lot of great remixes and interpretations of this OST to be found for free on YouTube. I’ve greatly enjoyed returning to this soundtrack over the years.
I’m very much looking forward to expanding my musical horizons and I hope you are too! Please name drop your favorite soundtracks in the comments below!
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-The Well-Red Mage