Constant Runner – ten video game tracks to have on your exercise playlist

If you’re like me, video games are one of many things that I spend my free time doing.  You may also be like me in that I find I am having less and less time to actually spend with games, what with all the earning money, keeping fit and domestic duties that have quietly seeped into my daily routine over the years.

In some ways this makes me sad.  But quietly there is a part of me that is grateful that at some point real life got my attention and began to point out to me all of the things I would be missing if I sat staring at a TV screen all day.  That’s not to say that video games aren’t absolutely fantastic things that can enlighten and teach us all, because they certainly do that.  It’s just saying that other there are other things that we should all do to make us better people – in addition to video games.

Anyone will tell you that exercise in one of those things.  Love it or hate it exercising should be an important part of all of our lives.

For me that exercise is running, which I find incredibly rewarding.  Pushing the limits of the human body is almost (at a very long stretch) like succeeding at a very hard video game, or if you’re new to running, getting further and further into the game.  It is a challenging, rewarding, and not to mention healthy hobby.

But if my word doesn’t get your blood pumping, there ARE WAYS you could inject some tunes into your exercise routine.  And what is better than some of your favourite video game tracks to get you started?

Here are ten of my favourite game-related tracks to run to:

  1. Dogfight (from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon)
  2. Wheatley Science (from Portal 2)
  3. Syndicate – Skrillex Remix (from Syndicate)
  4. End of Line (from Tron Legacy)
  5. Valkyrie Run (from Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine)
  6. Fly (from Yakuza 3)
  7. option : the reporter from ch5 (from Space Channel 5)
  8. Maybe I’m a Lion (from Final Fantasy VIII)
  9. Tasso (from Infamous 2: Red Soundtrack)
  10. The Assassin Looms (from The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings)

I’d love to hear your suggestions, so please leave them in the comments below!  And if you’re not into real running, Bit.Trip.Runner (below) is a great little game from Gaijin Games that I wholeheartedly recommend you pick up.

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4 Comments

  1. Such good choices! I love “End of Line” and “Assassin Looms” especially. Some of my video game favorites for working out are “Interlude Combat” from Borderlands 2 and the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack (like “I Think You Should Do As He Says”). I also loooove the ending song from the first Mass Effect game, by Faunts!

    1. I’ll have to check them out – great suggestions. The entirety of the Portal 2 soundtrack is perfect I find. But that would’ve made my list rather boring.

  2. “Venice Rooftops” (by Jasper Kyd) from Assassin’s Creed 2 is something that makes me feel like running whenever I hear it. “In Case of Trouble” (by Darren Knob) from Bastion has such a nice flow to it that it’s fun to listen when in motion. “And Away We Go” from Deus Ex: HE is rather cool too.

    I’d also steal “Maybe I’m a Lion” from your list, because it’s a great track (and nostalgic too).

    If I were a courageous man, I’d also add Hydrogen (by MOON) from Hotline Miami, but I fear it would make me run funny.

    1. Great suggestions. The ACII suggestion is particularly good – given that OSTs are written largely to coincide with on-screen action, including running, I find them the perfect soundtrack to a run.

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