The Daily Grind: Should all MMOs come with player music systems?

    
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While developing player music systems might seem like a superfluous effort, in my opinion it is a feature that should come standard in most all MMOs. Why? For starters, it’s a terrific outlet for player creativity, as it allows the community to generate entertainment for each other in infinite varieties. It adds to the feel of the world, is hard to twist into obscenity, and allows for the formation of groups to form bands and throw concerts.

But the real argument topper for the inclusion of such systems is that players go absolutely bananas for them. It’s one of the most-cited favorites of Lord of the Rings Online, even from haters of the game, and player concerts there have drawn so many listeners that it’s nearly crashed the server.

What do you think? Should all MMOs come with player music systems?

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bardamu1999
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bardamu1999

Yes, yes, and more yes.

Veldan
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Veldan

Mailvaltar Hahaha, I always found the abuse funny tbh. Like in ArcheAge, there was one guy on my server who would find crowds of people, then run into the middle of them, grab his flute and play the most annoying high pitch sounds that he could. The hateful comments in the chats afterwards nearly made me spit my coffee out of laughing a few times.

But yeah there is a negative aspect to it too. People will start muting player sounds to get rid of the annoyance, and then when you are a serious musician and made something nice, nobody will hear it unless you first tell them to unmute it.

melissamcdon
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melissamcdon

“yes”

Mailvaltar
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Mailvaltar

Hell yes!
Played at parties and weddings with my band in SWG, as well as in the local crimelord’s palace. We were well known across our server (Gorath).
Made lots of virtual dollars in APB and APB Reloaded with composing various death themes.
Right now I’m skilling up my Artistry-profession in ArcheAge, and bought every instrument that’s available for loyalty points.

Obviously, in every game that let’s players compose stuff themselves there are griefers who use this ability only to aggravate everyone else by playing really noisy stuff. Fortunately most of these games let you mute the stuff if it get’s too bad (at least ArcheAge and APB do), so that’s no reason to not implement stuff like this imho.

Music…what’s not to like? :-)

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Yes is it has the ability to mute. Hate 30 people simultaneously mashing the keys.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

wolfyseyes 
*Gnme sighs. “Who needs height when your carrying around a really big pink tuba!”*

Rheem Octuris
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Rheem Octuris

No. I find them annoying and immersion breaking. That’s not to say that they’re aren’t players out there who compose beautiful, world-fitting pieces of music. But mostly its just some person playing ACDC or something.

oneeyered
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oneeyered

Honestly, as a life long guitarist these in-game systems never did anything for me. However, some people have mastered music in LOTRO for instance and more power to them. I never got into it in SWG either. When I want to shred I just pick up one of my guitars.

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

Kageokami dirtyklingon 

Elikal Ialborcales
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Elikal Ialborcales

Hell yes! I had an Entertainer alt in SWG all the time, and it was so cool to have a music group doing gigs all over the galaxy! I don’t know why this never was taken up again, it had a lot of fans, and brought life to the world.