Goemon returns with an amusing article about pairing music to OSG gameplay. I especially appreciated the inclusion of some Celtic Punk. Enjoy!
Add a Little Music to Your Lord of Ultima
– by Goemon
They say silence is golden, and designers of browser based games definitely take that statement to heart. In case you’re tired of all that quiet, I came up with a few songs that you can play for yourself depending on your current situation in Lord of Ultima.
Joy Division – “Isolation”
If you are the type of player that considers base and resource management the best part of the game, this song is for you. You have no desire to branch out and dominate your neighbors; you would much rather live a peaceful, prosperous life inside your castle walls. Unfortunately, this is the kind of action that breeds loneliness. For those that need a little reassurance, but are too scared to type in that Public Chat box, just take a listen to Ian Curtis’s haunting voice and know that at least you’re not as messed up as he is. Or was, rather. (He died.)
Alternative: 80s post punk not your thing? Put 50 Cent’s “I Get Money” on repeat while you watch your resources climb.
3 inches of blood – “Destroy the Orcs”
Alright, so you got your army together and you’re getting ready to raid that forest dungeon. Ship them off and put on something the Vikings probably would have listened to if amps, v-shaped guitars, and I suppose electricity in general had been around in their day. Be careful with this one though; you might need to turn your speakers down or your ears might melt from the shrill cries, screams, and furious guitar riffs of this power metal band. The chorus of the song is simple and perfectly describes what you are about to do: “Kill the orcs, slay the orcs, destroy the orcs!”
Alternative: You may be more familiar with DragonForce’s “Through the Fire and Flames;” this is also acceptable. Really any power metal song will do. They’re all pretty interchangeable.*
*No offense power metal fans
Ladytron – “High Rise”
You just turned the game on for the first time, but you are no stranger to the OSG. You know you’ve got a long road ahead of you and you need to start hoarding resources, building troops, and upgrading every building in sight. Of course, you also have to click through the cookie cutter game mistress’s oh-so-useful “tutorial.” Combine those first few game moments of monotony with some repetitive, yet surprisingly catchy, electronic beats. Are there better Ladytron songs? Sure, but the title alludes to that massive castle you’re about to upgrade.
Alternative: Oh I get it. You’re too manly to listen to a band with the word “Lady” in their name. I understand. If that’s the case, throw on an 80s montage anthem like Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best Around” or the theme from Rocky or something.
Flogging Molly – “Drunken Lullabies”
This Irish-inspired punk band (or Celtic Punk, according to Wikipedia) might not be heard much outside of pubs or drunken St. Paddy’s Day parties, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Sure, Lord of Ultima is set in a fictional location, but it could be Ireland in the middle ages. Not buying it? That’s fine, because this song is the perfect anthem for strangers coming together. I’m talking about using this as the soundtrack to your celebration of a successful Alliance battle. Maybe you guys successfully sieged a city, or maybe you helped your buddy defend his own town by sending some of your troops over. And yeah, you might not be able to swing your arm over buddy’s shoulder and sway back and forth while shouting the chorus, but hey, this is as close as you’re going to get. Pour yourself a Guinness while you’re at it.
Alternative: Dropkick Murphys’ “The Gauntlet.” Another rousing Irish jig that really cements the camaraderie in battle theme.