Sometime around 2004 my brother and I were playing Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
To de-rail the conversation if you aren’t familiar: the Metroid series follows the exploits of intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran. It was a 2d action shooting platformer game that has a large map and elaborate tunnel systems. In 2002 Metroid Prime was released on Gamecube, shifting the 2d platformer into the third dimension.
So it is sometime around 2004 and I’m still a young boy. My brother decided that the sound track to Metroid Prime 2 wasn’t amazing enough, so he played Smash Mouth in the background while he played the game. The reason I remember this is because this was the first time I ever thought of playing a game with different music in the background. And thus begins my weird trail of associations.
Every now and then my friends and I will be chilling in the living room and we will be talking about a game or talking about some music and one will remind me of the other. It usually doesn’t make sense either. This will then be followed by a guessing game that I make my friends reluctantly play (am I a great friend or what?).
To name some of them:
Metroid Prime and Smash Mouth. As the title says anytime I listen to Smash Mouth I won’t deny that I have an itch to play Metroid. Same works in reverse, Metroid is way more fun to play when you are blasting All-Star in the background. Safe to say this Friday when Metroid: Samus Returns is released, I’ll probably be playing it to the tune of Walkin’ on the Sun.
Killing Floor and Comedy. Killing Floor is a wave based monster survival game. It involves gore and lots and lots of monsters. It is also grotesque and a little frightening. In contrast it is very rewarding to shred through armies of the bloodthirsty while also listening to Demetri Martin talk about sweater vests.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band + Magical Mystery Tour. By far one of my favorite games, Twilight Princess is an installment in the Legend of Zelda series. It follows Link (or whatever you want to name the hero) as he has to defeat the forces of evil and also transform into a wolf. This one is the simplest explanation, I liked the Beatles and one Christmas I got Twilight Princess and two Beatles CD’s. I have vivid memories of being stuck for hours trying to figure out how to thaw Zora’s domain while also listening to Your Mother Should Know.
I can’t think of any more off the top of my head right now, but if I remember a really good one I’ll probably update this post.