Funny thing, after writing about music and mentioning Unreal Tournament i couldn't help thinking about that game and its music. It's only been about six months since I introduced it to my friend and played for a few last times, but exactly like before, I only listened to the music as the background, ingame music. Now that I thought of it, I tracked down the soundtrack and listened to all of it just as music. It was an interesting experience because the music did not sound quite like I have remembered it. It's not the same music without the game. But it's also not bad, although out of my genre range. I was surprised that it was created mostly by just two men, specifically for the game (when I had played UT I hadn't thought its music had been an original composition).
One of the most favoured UT maps was Morpheus and probably the most favoured track was its background - Mechanism Eight by Andrew Sega:
While we're speaking about UT, I have one main memory of it that I probably won't have the occasion to express anytime else. Around the year 2000 me and my two best friends of that time were occasionally visiting a net cafe to play, since we were too cheap to buy ourselves legit games or broadband internet access (so our only other option of multiplayer was to duel via lan on my parents' computers while they were away). Back then, we would either play lame starcraft rounds against comps or deathmatches in one of the three prominent shooters of the time: half life, quake 3 or UT. Soon, we divided them amongselves in such manner that everyone had his game, which he liked the best and was the best at. One friend took HL, another Q3 (I always sucked a bit at Q3 and only started to own at half life after CS training), but UT was my game.
Of course, from a wider perspective, we all sucked at everything. My only notable succes was owning some guy who later (with his clan) scored something high in cs world championship or something. And for a brief moment I was a leader of a wannabe cs clan - absolutely nothing gamewise, but it was an interesting experience socially. I should write a bit on that later (why the hell can't I write anything most of the time, but when I get started, I cannot finish?). Be well.