The 'Ultimate Video Game Playlists' Uncovered in UK Study

The 'Ultimate Video Game Playlists' Uncovered in UK Study

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Have you ever found yourself in need of the perfect playlist to get you in the gaming zone? Well, UK retailer GAME has got you covered. In a recent collaboration with the University of York's psychology group, they have curated the ultimate video game playlists for every mood.

By analyzing the best-selling titles since 2008 and carefully selecting items from their soundtracks, GAME and the UOY have crafted a series of Spotify playlists that are designed to motivate, pump up, or relax the listener. According to the research, "In the context of music, selections for specific scenarios become pivotal in enhancing the overall experiences and outcomes, playing a key role in gaming."

Nick Arran, the Managing Director of GAME, teamed up with Dr. Mimi O'Neill at the University of York to create a range of GAME-branded playlists for all situations. By studying soundtracks and categorizing various songs and compositions based on their BPM, they sorted them into different categories such as Motivational, Focus, Upbeat, and Workout.

Popular games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, Mario Kart, Halo, The Witcher, The Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto, and Far Cry have all contributed parts of their soundtracks to these curated playlists, which are exclusively available on Spotify.

Dr. O'Neill highlighted the importance of a game's soundtrack in the gaming experience, stating, "The impact of a game's soundtrack on the gaming experience is a multifaceted and widely studied phenomenon in the realm of video game research. Scholars and researchers have delved into the intricate relationship between music and gameplay, recognizing that the soundtrack is a crucial component that can significantly shape the player's emotions, immersion, and overall engagement with the gaming environment."

If you're eager to dive into the nostalgia of some of history's greatest gaming soundtracks, head over to GAME's profile on Spotify.

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