My Playlists, let me show you them

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Video game soundtracks are part and parcel to a video game itself. With the right score and music a scene might move you to tears or make you laugh at humor and jokes you normally would not. It can also drive you bat shit insane when you listen to the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

Suffering from a very severe case of ADD it does not take me long to grow sick and tired of even the best film scores and video game scores. As such I often hook up my mp3 player to my laptop, create a custom playlist and then hook up the player to my Xbox 360 or my other systems so that I can play that music rather then be forced to suffer through a video games actual soundtrack.

This week I am taking a stab at Fallout 3’s soundtrack.

Here are the basic rules for my playlists that I follow
1 – Come up with a central theme and work it.
2 – The songs must be bare minimum of 192Kbps. Most times, the average stereo headset or speaker system really can’t differentiate between 192 or higher but there is a huge difference between 192 and 128, the preferred quality of online stores and radio stations.
3 – Playlists can not exceed 15 songs nor can they be less then 5. Often times with games that focus more on the singleplayer aspect (Fallout 3, Lost Odyssey and Infinite Undiscovery), you want a larger playlist because you end up sitting there for hours at a time. With games that focus on short periods of time, round based gameplay like Halo 3, Gears of War and Call of duty for instance, you want quick songs that move fast and don’t last longer then a typical round time.
4 – Be prepared to accept criticism if you decide to share. I often share my playlists with friends and family because usually my tastes are broad enough that a lot of people can enjoy it. More times than not they have suggestions on new music to try out, or perhaps a song seems out of place in a given playlist. Accept their advice and if it generally seems like a good idea, go with it and give it a whirl.

Without further ado

Fallout 3 – Modern Rock In The Capital Wasteland
Paul Haslinger – Prison Arrival
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Rob Dougan – Furious Angels
Thrice – The Earth Will Shake
Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn
The Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
Rob Zombie – Superbeast
Edqin Starr – War
The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein
Pearl Jam – Do The Evolution
Marilyn Manson – The Fight Song
Mastodon – Colony Of Birchmen
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Silverchair – Israel’s Son
Megadeth – Gears of War

So a glimpse into the madness that is Mason Radd.
What I am shooting for is a sort of Mad Max meets modern rock feel for my playlist. I wanted it to start out slow and melodic and then with Johnny Cash and Rob Dougan it would speed up and stay relatively fast paced throughout the playlist. I understand this is a pretty varied group. If anyone would like to suggest alternatives or their own Playlists. Feel free to email me at [email protected]

Enjoy the soundtrack and game on everyone.

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