Jukebox Heroes: Massively OP’s guide to grabbing 120+ MMO soundtracks

One of the most common questions that I’m asked from my adoring throngs on the street is, “Justin, where oh where can I get some of these marvelous MMO soundtracks that you talk about all of the time?” OK, that just never happens (on the street, that is), but people are often curious how they can go about starting to amass an MMO soundtrack collection or where to find their favorite album.

The sad truth is that so much music from these games is never officially released in any capacity, which is why I scour YouTube for fan rips of the music files. However, every so often I do discover a studio release somewhere, and I try to keep an up-to-date log on these to help others in their quest for video game scores.

So in the spirit of Christmas and sharing, today I’m going to show you how you can get your ears on more than 120 soundtracks and scores from MMOs, MOBAs, and other online titles — some of which are free and legal for the taking. You’re welcome; don’t mention it!

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Free soundtracks

To get you started off right, here is a bunch of soundtracks — some complete, some a smattering of files — that are made completely free by the studios or composers. I still find it amazing what you can find when you poke around a studio’s public FTP server.

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Soundtracks on SoundCloud

Increasingly, studios and composers are strutting their musical stuff on SoundCloud. It’s a great place for sharing music quickly and easily, and some of it is even available for a free download.

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Soundtracks on digital stores

Finally, you can buy yourself the greatest gift of all this holiday season: soundtrack albums from digital platforms such as Amazon MP3, iTunes, and Bandcamp. If you do decide to pick up any through Amazon, know that a portion of your purchase will go to keeping Massively OP up and running!

Did I miss any? Please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post to include those links!

MMOs are meant to be heard as well as seen, and chances are that music ties your memories to these games more than you might realize. Every two weeks Jukebox Heroes listens through a game soundtrack and picks out the highlights to share and discuss. And if you like this column, then don’t miss the author’s MMO music podcast, Battle Bards!
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