Team Fortress 2 and YouTube Music
I really like Team Fortress 2; I think there is genius in the characters and their lines (the voice actors and the scriptwriters did an amazing job). I also like it when people get creative given a specific set of sources. The best part about TF2 remixes and mashups is that they combine both of the above into magical Frankenstein’s monsters that I love so much. A quick search on YouTube can show you generally three types of remix/mashup:
The first starts with an existing song and replaces the vocals with cleverly arranged quotes from in game. Often the song they start with are the kind of irritating but catchy pop tunes, which means the resulting song is super catchy and super nerdy at the same time. This style is my favourite, especially when they do a good job timing the TF2 lines with the actual vocals.
The second takes an existing theme from the game and remixes that; the ones I tend to like overlay quotes like the videos above. Still very creative, I feel like these really capture the essence of the character they’re trying to convey. I mean, take a look at the example below. The Sniper’s theme is pretty awesome already, but this video adds awesome as well as fun narration.
The last style is the most original; they create something completely new using the characters’ lines or sounds as a foundation. Like with anything, these can be very hit-or-miss – but the good ones can be quite fun.
All the videos above are part of a single playlist that I’ve composed on YouTube of some of my favourites in this ‘genre’. I love this stuff; partly because I love TF2 and find the resulting tunes catchy, but partly because it shows how creative a dedicated fanbase can be. It’s inspiring how much work goes into these pieces; however, often my inspiration simply leads me to play some TF2.
However, I’m also using this as a clever segue. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to be running a series of Shorts that will make up a Survival Guide to TF2’s Mann vs Machine mode. My recommendation: read through the Survival Guide while listening to a silly remix or mashup of your favourite class (or the class you’re reading about). Hopefully, it’ll really get you pumped and in the mood to kill some robots.