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What’s Your Favorite Music to Play While Gaming? – EsportsEdition’s Picks

Feb 26, 2016
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So, if you’re an avid viewer of certain Dota 2 streamers, you’ll know that a lot of them are known for their on-stream music. For example, EternalEnvy is a self-admitted weaboo and frequently has various anime songs playing behind his games. Arteezy plays a variety of music, frequently rap. Or you can check out “Mango Bay” which popped up seemingly overnight (good luck getting it out of your head). Music selection is a big part of streamers’ ‘branding.’

Soundtracks to video games are often carefully arranged, as the music is designed to keep you motivated and focused without interfering with gameplay.

Pro Tip: next time you have to complete a project for work or school, find a game soundtrack on YouTube and play it on low volume while you work. It will cover up some distracting noises and help you focus better. I wrote a large portion of my Masters’ thesis with the Half-Life 2 soundtrack playing in the lab.

But what do you like to listen to when you get bored of the in-game music? I asked other EsportsEdition writers to weigh in on their favorite background music for gaming:

Andrey (Hearthstone):  “…something electronic with a pulse (Kubbi (artist), Professor Kliq (artist), Chiptune (genre)) for action games (or games with a lot of action, such as Starcraft, League) or some jazz for calmer games (puzzle, Hearthstone, indies).”

Chris (Heroes of The Storm): Everything DnB is amazing for playing imo. “Ghost Assassin” by Maduk is one of my favorites, plus it’s StarCraft-related.” 

Greg (Operations):

Jamie (League): When I played sc2 I could only listen to Nujabes.” [Writer’s note: Nujabes is awesome.]

Joshua (CS:GO): I only listen to music in CSGO when I’m practicing/warming up, because of how important sound is when you’re actually in a game… Before games in my CEVO league, we listen to “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (I know). I also know all of the words to “Fat Lip” by Sum 41, so sometimes I play that and make my long suffering teammates listen to me sing along to it. I listen to trance music when I’m doing aim training in CS — this is one of my go-to songs.”

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Here are some of my music picks!

I try to switch up the electronica with some different genres sometimes. If you have a little bit of a rage problem or need to focus on your last hitting, try one of these playlists:

Chill & Upbeat

Future Bass

If that’s way too chill, try a “modern blues” playlist.

If all else fails, here are some tried and true classics:

1 Hour Dubstep Mix

NCS Mix November 2015

What are some of your favorite gaming playlists? Or is external music too distracting –  in-game sounds only?

Feb 15, 2016
Kara has been following professional DotA2 since the TI4 qualifiers. When not watching matches on Twitch, she can be found working (or attempting to find work) as a geologist and enjoying nature.
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