The Daily Grind: Have you ever been to a concert in an MMO?

    
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Slightly embarrassing story time: One of my favorite things to do in classic Star Wars Galaxies was sing. Yes, musicians and dancers were technically restricted to playing in-game music and dancing in-game dances, but the emote system also included singing emotes, complete with specially formatted music-themed chat bubbles. So instead of just standing there while people watched/listened to you for healing and buffs, you could belt out song lyrics. I prewrote all mine so they would be in time with the song flourishes and be properly spaced out so as not to spam. It was my “thing” for a while, but really a lot of people put on shows like mine. I went to some huge choreographed music festivals. Our player city had a local music troupe made up of members of a friendly guild. We even put on several well-attended theater productions.

All this popped into my brain after I read that DJ Marshmello is doing a concert in Fortnite this weekend. Some folks are marveling at the supposed novelty of a concert in such a space, but of course, to those of us who’ve inhabited virtual worlds for decades, it’s old hat. But still an extremely cool hat!

I’m sure you folks can think of other examples – there were player DJs at City of Heroes events, for example, complete with a streamed music playlist that everyone at parties could listen to live. I’m quite certain Second Life has hosted thousands of such events. And what about Lord of the Rings Online’s many concerts, Weatherstock most prominent among them? Have you ever been to a concert in an MMO?

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Sashaa

Weatherstock V & VI… Good times.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I’ve been to literally hundreds of DJ Shows in Secret World. I’ve also been to storytelling shows, poetry readings, live music concerts, memorials, weddings, live plays… it’s not really new to anyone who has been playing MMOs for years.

Like all things Fortnite, it’s more the scope than the newness. And of course, it required a whole ton of coordination with the developers/community team, which is good to see.

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Maggie May

Last concert was at my kinhouse in LOTRO at Christmas,
they did a great job. Around Bree, music is always playing and it was a big reason I switched to Landroval … to go to Weatherstock this year.

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ibashil

Concerts, dance parties (with online radio djs), it’s a gas. Mostly in SWTOR, but some in STO and LOTRO back in the day.

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Mewmew

I’ve heard of concerts being done in games but I haven’t been to one.

I’ve read about live concerts happening in AdventureQuest Worlds.

I’ve also seen videos of Free Realms having concerts. Every time I see videos of that game, I really wonder why it didn’t stick around, ah well.

Speaking of which (not concerts, but games that I wish were here to play) – I really feel Faunasphere would do very well today as a mobile game. I see videos of the game and understand that it didn’t perform super well on Flash and was a casualty of dying browser games at a time where mobile was picking up, but it would run great on the mobile hardware of today and do amazingly well.

If anybody is looking to start a new gaming company, you should see if the license for Faunasphere is available to pick up somehow anywhere :D

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LeiHngWei

Sapphire throws a concert and dance contest every anniversary for Champions Online.

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mysecretid

I wandered past one of the player bands jamming in early Lord of the Rings Online, and that was pretty cool, to be honest, but so few games feature quality in-game means for staging player concerts, I can’t recall seeing anything in any game since.

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Pingly

Free Realms had a concert from an actual pop star (I can’t remember who). I remember going to that.

I also participated in Bard competitions in Dark Age of Camelot but they were more poem readings while you were beating a drum.

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Michael Lehner

Been to a concert, hmm. Let’s see:
– Had an entertainer in SWG and was in a small group of musicians. We were “booked”for a few things, the biggest one was a racing event.
– I was in Anarchy Online, when the RL-band All American Rejects gave a “life concert” there. (Means, it was streamed to the big in-game video wall in the dance club there. )
– My wife did radio shows in TSW. Actually still does them in SWL, although visitory get less and less and i refuse to log into SWL. (Sorry. Loved TSW, just can’t stand SWL. )

So… hmm. guess that might count as a yes?

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NeoWolf

Yes a bunch in LOTRO. On our RP server Laurelin they happen ALL the time for a variety of reasons and the games music system makes them pretty enjoyable to listen to.

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Yes, Laurelin had a lot of them! On my current FFXIV server we have a few former players from that server, some of them do play music and even still use Elven names ;-)