Homework. The bane of my existence. While unavoidable, there are some tunes you can listen to so you're less distracted getting through it.

I grew up playing videogames. From Pac-Man on Commodore 64 to Super Maro Bros. on Nintendo to the latest in the Assassin's Creed saga, they've always been a part of my life. Not only for the adventure and action, but also for the epic scores these games provide us. For some reason, listening to the soundtrack of a game you've played through just transports you to another place. For me, it's a place where I can sit and focus on work, homework, or whatever task I have in front of me at that moment.

Here's this writer's suggestion for five videogame scores that'll help you focus, concentrate, and mute outside distractions:


Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Outside of a few tense battle themes, this score is nothing short of transporting. It'll take you to another place where magic and wonderment are very much alive. As sappy as that sounds, this soundtrack is seriously soothing. Give it a try.


The Last Of Us

Much more than a zombie game, The Last Of Us is regarded as one of the best video games of all time. A lot of that is due to the score that tells the story throughout the game. One part nylon string guitar, one part mystery, one part calm, one part tense. I don't know why it works, but it just works.


Red Dead Redemption

While it might feel old school to listen to a soundtrack that sounds like it was picked right out of a Clint Eastwood movie, that's exactly why the Red Dead score is so perfect. It feels familiar, calming, but also takes some quirky twists and turns that'll leave you dying to hear the next track.


Assassin's Creed: Origins

I'm still playing this game, and while the imagery and story are amazing, I'll miss the soundtrack the most. Origins has you traversing ancient Egypt in the time of Cleopatra, and the soundtrack completely teleports you there. It mixes ancient middle eastern sounds with a touch of EDM and dubstep, and is unlike anything you've ever listened to.



This last entry is bizarre, but stick with me. At first listen, it may just sound like a bunch of bleeps and bloops at random. If you're a person like me living with A.D.D., however, these sounds actually calm you down and put your focus on high alert. The music is just jarring enough to keep your brain from straying from your task, but calm enough to keep you engaged throughout the entire thing.

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