We are back with 10 more songs every nerd needs on their MP3 player. Thanks for all of the suggestions in our comments here and on Facebook. Some will be featured here today, and some will show up in later lists, so make sure to keep them coming!
Games. Everybody plays them. Board, card, tabletop, or video, games have been, and continue to be one of the main ways we as humans socialize with each other. They are how we can compete with one another in a friendly atmosphere. If you win, you claim victory, if you lose…well it’s just a game and you can try again next time. From Angry Birds to Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons to Monopoly, games are an integral part of people’s lives, but much more to the nerd crowd. We elevate our game play to a sort of worship. So here are my picks for 10 songs that could be the hymns that accompany that worship.
#10. Angry Birds theme by Pomplamoose
Since 2008, musicians Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn have been thrilling youtube viewers with both their phenomenal covers of other performer’s work as well as their own original songs, becoming a true internet sensation, selling over 100,000 singles the following year.
#9. The Geeks Will Inherit the Earth by I Fight Dragons
While not about a specific game itself, Chicago based I Fight Dragons use chip sounds from various early Nintendo systems to create a unique sound that goes perfectly with their solid rock chops. Their debut full-length album, Kaboom!, can be found on their website.
#8. Dovahkiin by Brandon Strader
This amazing metal cover of Sons of Skyrim from the Elder Scrolls IV:Skyrim soundtrack comes from Ocremix favorite Brandon Strader. It takes the opening theme, adds a metal flair to it, while not losing the spirit of the original. Make sure to check his site out for some more of his amazing remixes.
#7. Bulbasaur by MC117
Using the Flobot’s Handlebars as its basis, Bulbasaur tells the story of a young Pokemon trainer and his favorite Pokemon. MC117‘s tribute to Pokemon trainers everywhere can be found on the free CD, Nerdcore Now Vol. 1.
#6. Pac-Man Fever by Buckner & Garcia
This tribute to old-school gaming, when it was just “gaming” was this writer’s first experience with nerd music. The song’s first line, “I’ve got a pocket full of quarters and I’m headed to the arcade” perfectly describes my every weekend in the early 80′s.
#5. Roll a D6 by Connor Anderson and Zac Smith
Covering Far East Movement’s Like a g6, Roll a D6 is a love song to Dungeons and Dragons, and a pretty spiffy video reminiscent of The Gamers to boot. Check out the official fan page here.
#4. Space Asshole by Chris Remo
When it comes down to it, the protagonist of Red Faction: Guerrilla is kind of prick. These guys are just trying to earn a living, and here comes this guy, tearing down their workplace, blowing stuff up, and if extremely unlucky, getting their heads bashed in. This song tells the story of one of the survivors.
#3. Game On by The Guild
In this Bollywood inspired tune, the crew from The Guild answers the eternal question, “Should I game tonight?” with a resounding “Yes!”
#2. OG – Original Gamer by MC Lars
MC Lars (accompanied by MC Frontalot) tells the story of an orphan, who was raised by his dad to be a world champion video gamer. It isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
#1. Up, Up, Down, Down by Kirby Krackle
Kirby Krackle is quickly becoming one of our favorites here at Word of the Nerd. Up,Up,Down,Down tells the story of a young man chasing his dream gamer girl, and what happens when he finally catches her. With its catchy tune, and a twist rivaling an early M. Night Shyamalan movie, it is easy to see why it is this week’s number one pick.
Still Alive by Jonathon Coulton
This end tune for Portal quickly became one of the biggest hits of the nerd world. Why it wasn’t included: If you don’t have this on your mp3 player already, a story like this isn’t likely to give you reason to put it there.
Pinkie Pie in Skyrim by Gamer385
So Gamer385 has devised some really interesting mods for Skyrim, the most interesting is the one he uses to turn your character into your favorite pony. Why it wasn’t included: Well, it’s not really a song about gaming, is it?
Disagree with any of the choices? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments below and your pick could end up on a future list!