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The Xbox’s Custom Soundtracks Made Beach Volleyball Pretty Atmospheric

When I first acquired the original Xbox, I wasn’t particularly enthralled. It looked like the console equivalent of Mountain Dew. The controller was impossibly bulky, and the game library wasn’t very impressive. But once I learned you could add custom soundtracks, I was won over completely. The custom soundtrack feature made me fall in love with games I would have otherwise ignored. You haven’t played Tony Hawk until you’ve played it while listening to Tom Waits. When you’re jamming to The Mr. T Experience, Street Hoops is kind of magical. And when you’ve got the right soundtrack, a fan service free-for-all can become a haunting¬†exploration of video game sexuality. I bought Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball¬†at the same time as Lovage’s Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By, a concept album about sex, sex, and more sex.…