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It can be difficult to work in silence, but it can also be challenging to find music that doesn’t distract you from highly focused tasks like writing. But it turns out that video game tunes could be the perfect background music when you need to focus. No seriously.

Than this Reddit post points this out, Video game music is usually instrumental so it is less intrusive and is specially composed to keep you focused and motivated. You may be skeptical about not playing games, but I assure you that game music is much more than silly beeps and bloops. This NPR radio segment from 2014 explains that video game composers are often classically trained musicians who apply the same techniques to their work as any classical composer.

For a lifelong gamer like me, this isn’t exactly surprising – I often listen to game soundtracks as I work. However, as a newbie, it will be difficult to find a good soundtrack for concentration – there are thousands of games, and if you don’t already have a list of favorites, wading into the world of video game music can be overwhelming.

To save you the hassle, I’ve compiled a list of 10 of my favorite video game soundtracks for you to listen to while writing, studying, drawing, or whatever you’re doing. The list gathers popular classics and personal favorites, but it’s in no way final – if your favorite soundtrack is missing, it’s not because we don’t think it’s worthy, so be sure to mention it in the comments.