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This week on the show, we’re here to talk about licensed music in video games! Gaming is so diverse, and with that comes a very diverse soundtrack, with some songs standing out as truly memorable in video game history. While we do love an original soundtrack and there are some fantastic composers out there, clever use of existing licensed music can really make the difference in all kinds of genres.

Join Cam, Elliot, Rachel and Kieren as they talk about the difference between licensed music and original soundtracks along with the effect these songs can have on the game and the player as well. We talk about specific genres that lend themselves well to licensed tracks such as racing, sports and more, plus the rhythm music genre that has really opened up the floodgates for artists of all kinds having their music featured in this world.

Full track list for the episode, for those playing at home:

  • Jungle by Tash Saltana from FIFA 18
  • Make it Bun Dem by Skrillex from Far Cry 3
  • Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles from GTA: Vice City
  • It’s Tricky by RUN DMC from SSX Tricky
  • Through the Fire and the Flames by Dragonforce from Guitar Hero 3
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper/Robert Hazard from Bioshock: Infinite
  • My Delirum by Ladyhawke from DiRT 2

Don’t miss any of the action and don’t forget to check out the first half of this podcast to keep up to date!

For all the latest updates as always, head to our official website at checkpointgaming.net.

Licensed Soundtrack Realness


About the author: Luke


Luke is the producer of Checkpoint and also co-host of The Brekkie Bears. He spends his time playing video games, binge-watching TV and hanging out with his German Shepherd, Ziggy and Bernese Mountain Dog, Pandora. They would play video games if their paws could hold controllers.


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