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The Power of Suggestion

By MauriceRevek - Posted on 24 February 2009

Here I am, at work, calmly working on converting some code from an onld application to a more modern version, when I here from cubicle neighbours headphones Europe's The Final Countdown.

I found myself suddenly thinking: Time to switch to my rocket launcher, and blow a few things up. I had to do a double take to remind myself that I was not in the Saints Row 2 world.

It was then that I realized how much we are being conditioned by these games with their subtle but limited choices of songs. After hearing the same tracks from the Classics station over and over (Ah-Ha's Take on Me, Culture Club's Karma Cameleon, Hal and Oats Out of Touch, Pritty in Pink and the aformentioned Final Countdown outside of the context of the game, I find myself now automatically thinking about what I should be destroying when I hear them.

The only exception to this I think would be Gun's And Roses Paradise City, which only triggers a sense of endless waiting and annoyance.

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construed as being classic in any sense of the word.That is wrong on so many levels it makes my head hurt.

Secondly, what the heck is  "Pritty in Pink"? I know some people here have said that Americans misspell many things, even though they are wrong, but I have no clue what a pritty is.

I agree with you about Guns and Roses. I am so glad I was not living in the US when they were so popular. Talk about a trailer trash band.

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That they were classics, only that they played on the classics radio station in game. You know you are getting old, when the music you listended to when you were young in now considered to be "classic".

I must say there is a strange sense of satisfaction blowing things up to the tune of Karma Cameleon.

"Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Cameleon"

"You come and go"

"You come and gooo-ohohoh"

"Lovin would be easy if your colors were like my dreams"

"Red Blood and Gore"

"Red Blood and Go-oh-oh-ore"

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The more you talk...the more you sound gay


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Native to the Yukon and some parts of northern Alberta.

And don't you bad-mouth Ah-Ha. They rocked.

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Every time I hear the Ramones "I wanna be sedated", I find the needle on my speedometer keeps creeping up...

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It's a little bass ackward.

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The guys are doing things at normal speed while the world whizzes by at high speed.

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The master of Guitar Hero: Wilson Phillips

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