3 Game Songs to Take to the Gym

I started running three weeks ago, and in that time I’ve already gone from stopping every 15 seconds before I die to running a full kilometre, or about 10 minutes. Hey, it’s a start!

(Here is where I give mad props to the Zombies Run version of Couch to 5k. The app is well designed, interesting, and makes it simple to train via sprints.)

I originally tried listening to podcasts while I run because part of my problem with exercise is that I’m really easily bored and I HATE being bored. But while the podcasts give my brain something to chew on, they also don’t really help pump me up for that next step. The fact is that I run faster and further with a little music.

So, I tried game soundtracks. No, not the sweeping orchestral sounds of most MMOs, although those are fine in their place. (And if you enjoy them, check out the Battle Bards podcast!) What I need are upbeat tunes with a slow but steady beat.

Below are 3 of my favorite tracks. Hopefully they help keep you moving through whatever you’re doing, and have a great weekend!

Jet Grind Radio / Jet Set Radio – That’s Enough

If you don’t start grooving to this, you may have no soul.

WipEout – Cold Comfort

WipEout (the 1997 original) was one of the first games ever to have an electronica soundtrack. It has some great tracks by established artists like Chemical Brothers, but most of the soundtrack including this track was created by a lesser known dude named Cold Storage. It’s awesome.

The Binding of Isaac – Sacrificial

Every track of Danny Baranowsky’s Binding of Isaac soundtrack is amazing, and overall this is the album I listen to the most while running. The official 8-bit version of Sacrificial is super fun, as is The Clubbing of Isaac, the offical dance remix of the game’s main theme. The classic Sacrificial wins out for me though because what it might lack in speed or thump it makes up in drama. When you are out being grimly determined and running off a bad day in the rain, this is absolutely the track to listen to.

Author: Jessica Cook

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  1. Yay, a game music post! and thanks for the plug! :)

    I love both the Binding of Isaac as well as Super Meat Boy Osts sooo much! In fact, this is one of my fav up-tempo tracks ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL-8rU8ltA4

    For funkier stuff I’ve enjoyed some of the recent Retro Gamemusic Bundle OSTs quite a bit, such as the old Magnetis or Jazz Jackrabbit 1-3 tunes. For example – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUkmCrDPysE (sounds so Daftpunk?!) or then remixes like this one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI1HJWTTZ3c

    MMO wise, I was actually surprised at the industrial style of music in Defiance. Don’t know if that’s your thing, but I like tracks à la “Battle of SF” a lot – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rP4j7sB4wY
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    • Great suggestions, Syl! I didn’t even think about the Super Meat Boy SDK, but you’re right, it’s really good too.

      The opening theme of the TV show Defiance is pretty interesting, and I like the game tracks too.

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    • I’ll second the retro gaming stuff; that Jazz Jackrabbit combo and Tyrion have some great stuff.

      There’s also this, which isn’t from any particular game, but it’s definitely something with the flavor of retro gaming music, and it has energy to spare:


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