Now, we have orchestral scores to channel the emotions of battle, well considered soundtracks to capture the essence of the game world, or just a selection of rock/indie/rap track to skate, drive, or punch the living crap out of things to.
Even with award winning soundtracks, it still, inevitably, gets tired. Thus the search for the perfect soundtrack to game to comes in.
Obviously there is some logic to crafting the ideal gaming tracklist. After all, you don't go playing Sepultura tracks when adventuring in The Shire, and it is safe to say that Cliff Richard singing Wired For Sound is not an idea choice to shoot terrorists to. However, the right playlist can really add to the enjoyment, and set the frame of mind to attain a perfect game.
Mods in some games, such as WoW, may enable you to play music inside the game, and offer controls to skip through. One elaborate mod, which is unfortunately dying through lack of support, was 'Soundtrack' mod, which allowed you to import tracks and then assign them to play on certain events. Nothing beats having the theme to Mortal Kombat spark up when you start a boss battle....especially if you finish it with a fanfare from one of the Final Fantasy games.
Driving games generally seem to be perfectly suited to some cool guitar riffs, and hard rock/metal madness. Throw some Iron Maiden in with some Queens of the Stone Age, and maybe mix in a little rap of the Busta Rhymes or Beastie Boys variety, for that ideal cruising playlist.
Fancy shooting things in hi-tech space battles? Well, it has to be something pulsing like Chemical Brothers or Prodigy.
So, whatever the game, whatever the genre, consider your music choice well when settling down to play. After all, if you listen to Slayer whilst playing Tetris, you may find that you end up breaking the controller in frustration.