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I'm not normally a particularly bloodthisrty player in RPGs, but an 80s-obsessed boss character is getting a shotgun to the face from me. Seriously, he's just asking for it.



I'm thinking some Huey Lewis. The rights have gotta be pretty cheap to get by now...

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Never Gonna Give You Up? :ermm:


In general, I'd think that something reasonably popular would be ideal so that the 80ness strikes most players immediately. In fact, within the gaming subculture, I'd use the tracks in Rock Band/Guitar Hero (either at release or DLC packs) as a pretty good barometer of awareness.

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It's probably best to go for something that isn't obvious or excessively in-jokey (Rick Astley is obvious and in-jokey). And the less ubiquitous a song is the harder and more expensive it will be to snag rights for (good luck getting Michael Jackson rights, Sega)


It will depend on the context. If he's a "boss" in that you fight him, is the music going to be playing during fights? With something like Bioshock's opera battle music can add a lot to a fight, but if you've got an enemy "obsessed with the 80's" he's going to be camp as ****, and blaring new wave while you shotgun thugs is just going to feel ridiculous. But that can be good.


I would definitely consider Tom Tom Club and Peter Gabriel. Tom Tom Club would be comparitively easy to get, I would think. Also, "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Hall & Oates, which was my favorite song when I was 2.


Basically y'all should let me do the soundtrack.

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As someone who's stuck in the 80's, this hits close to home :woot:


Let's see... hits are probably safe way to go because obscure bands and songs would be unknown to most players. *hit random selection*


Herbie Han**** - Rock It

Genesis - Land of Confusion

Human League - Don't You Want Me

Beastie Boys - You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party

Man At Work - Down Under

Twisted Sisters - I Wanna Rock

The Housemartins - Happy Hour

Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow

Let's play Alpha Protocol

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"Alright, I've been thinking. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade - make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager. Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons. Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons. I'm going to to get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!"

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Kirottu delivers.

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Since it's for a boss character, imagine being in a serious moment with said character, only to have this song play. Definitely either a way to lighten things up, or complete mood killer. It would be epic. :lol::p:woot:

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