Goemon here again with a few song ideas to help you make your OSG experience a little bit more enjoyable. This time I’ll be talking about the aesthetically pleasing yet auditorially (I may have just made that word up) lacking pirate/navigation-themed game Age of Ocean.
Senses Fail “Rum Is for Drinking Not for Burning”
Allow me to preface this one with a warning: it’s pretty emo, and I know how much of a bad rap that word gets, so if you hate it then this song probably isn’t for you. This particular song came out a couple years before the world found it fashionable to hate emo music though, so if you give it a listen your friends might not make fun of you. Musical classifications aside, it’s a damn good anthem for all your sailing hijinks. With lines like “Now set the sail to quarter mast, We’ll jump their ship we’ll sink ’em fast. Men follow me to victory, Red is the sea, red is the sea.” Presumably, they are referring to the blood in the water from your fallen enemies. Plus, what about that title? Isn’t that a reference to Jack Sparrow, everybody’s favorite pirate? You really can’t go wrong. I recommend you give it a listen when on the way to a naval battle.
He is Legend “The Widow of Magnolia”
This song from the southern rock/metal/hardcore/whatever-you-want-to-call-it- band He is Legend tells the tragic tale of a shipwrecked sailor desperate to get back to his wife. Long story short, she waits as long as she can, but gives up, as she believes her lover “chose the ocean floor over me,” a.k.a. drowned. He’s still out there, but I guess a girl can only wait for so long. What a heartbreaker. Anyways, I recommend this one if you’ve been out on the digital sea just too long- it can definitely take awhile to find those new ports or even just to sail to ones the you’ve already discovered. Ideally this will give you the courage to continue. Or give up, whatever. Unfortunately all I can offer you is the live version, and the lead singer looks to be a bit drunk. Hopefully on rum! You get the point.
Bright Eyes “Another Travelin’ Song”
I think this song applies pretty nicely for a couple reasons. First of all is the spirit of travel! This song captures it perfectly. And while Conor (the singer) might be talking about the open road, the theme of freedom is the same. The open road, the open ocean…close enough. Also, I think we can all relate to lines like this: ” Now I’m hunched over a typewriter…I’m still staring at a clean white page.” Why, you ask? Because whether we’re at work, school, or home, there’s most likely something we should be doing other than playing Age of Ocean (or any OSG for that matter). Hell, I’m hunched over a keyboard right now with Age of Ocean in the background. I can’t be the only one.
Zombie Ghost Train “The Undead Sea”
This one’s a bit rockabilly, and it’s also an instrumental. I think the title is a play on The Dead Sea. Clever, right? Think of that eponymous “Wipeout” song, only more sinister. Maybe mixed with zombies. Since it’s an instrumental, there’s no lyrics to analyze or try to relate to, but that also means it’s perfect for every occasion. Personally, I recommend it for the maiden voyage of your newly created fleet. Unfortunately this one’s not on youtube…but for a taste of their sound, check out “Long Dark Night” if you want.
Thrice “The Digital Sea”
From The Undead Sea to The Digital Sea. I’m going to go ahead and say the title of this song is the most fitting for the premise of this game- after all, Age of Ocean is all about digital sailing across a digital sea. With lines like “I am drowning in a digital sea/ I am slipping beneath the sound,” this song is less about conquest or victory, and more about introspection. But that’s ok! You’ve got plenty of time for that out on the open water in between ports. Or maybe you’re like me, and it’s 3 AM and you really do not want to finish that ten page paper (or TPS Report, whatever’s your poison), so you’re logging some time into AoO. But you can’t get that horrible feeling of procrastination out of your head. Play this song to calm down a bit, finish your trade, and then get back to work. Or fall asleep, whatever. If you like this one, throw on the entire Alchemy Index Volume II CD for more water/ocean-themed goodness.