The Daily Grind: Do you listen to the music of long-dead MMORPGs?

    
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When an MMORPG reaches the end of its operational life (for whatever reason), there are few things that remain following that final day. We have a non-functional client, we have memories, we have whatever screenshots and videos we took, we have the relationships that we established… and we have the music.

Out of all of the artistic endeavors that are poured into the making of an MMO, the soundtrack is the one element that ends up with the longest shelf life. And that means that years — even decades! — later, you can still immerse yourself into the soundscape of your favorite game. It’s a small consolation, but I think it’s welcome nevertheless.

Do you listen to the music of long-dead MMORPGs? Which score is your favorite? Bonus points if you share a link to it in the comments!

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Melissa McDonald

One sad day in the future, LOTRO will close. After crying my eyes out like a baby, I’ll have screenshots, the soundtrack, and memories.

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Anthony Clark

I’m old … and odd…

Ultima Online

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wonder_llama

These Tabula Rasa tracks are still hiding out in my MP3 collection. Each piece does an excellent job of capturing the overall feel of the game zone it was written for. Valverde Plateau fills me with a sense of urgency and excitement as I recall heading up out of the underground base into a beautiful but dangerous war zone. The Cormans still brings a smile to my face as I remember that clan of laid-back space refugees. And Crossroads will always remind me of the gritty, defiant last stand in the ruins of Old Earth.

Curse Mackey – Valverde Plateau 1

Tracy W. Bush – Cormans

Tracy W. Bush – Crossroads

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seculaparsec

I will leave this right there and if you arent mindblown by this im sorry for the future of your petty petty soul

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Anstalt

No

To be honest, I rarely listen to the music of a game even whilst I’m playing it. I find the overwhelming majority of it boring and repetitive so after a few hours it begins to seriously irritate me. When I’m playing an MMO, I’ll be playing it for months on end so the music becomes even more irritating.

Then, add to that voice chat. I can’t have background music, plus sound effects, plus ambient sounds, plus voice chat all going at the same time. It’s too much. As the background music is the least important and most annoying, it’s the first to go.

The same is true for single player games. I usually turn the music off pretty quickly and will often have netflix or a dvd playing on my second monitor.

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psytic

If I think of videogame songs that really stuck with me I think Lament of the Highborne from BC and the old theme from Darnasus really added to the magical atmosphere and set the bar for every MMO to come.

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Veldara

Videogame music never goes out of style my friend.

Technically not an mmo Xenogears is a game I always like having an excuse to share.

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Ian Wells

I have three alarm clocks because I tend to be a heavy sleeper. One of them is my computer, which is set with a digital alarm clock that begins blaring this at 7:30am if my other alarms failed me:

I still listen to PSO’s sound track every so often and the much less played PSO ep.III had the best of the lot to be sure.

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Ian Wells

Side note, Dark Falz might be one of the most uninspired names for a big bad that has ever existed, but holy shit do they wield that pen well. The sorts of horrible situations Phantasy Star heroes and heroines are put through by its corrupting malevolence is really what drives the series and makes the plots so gripping.

Whats that? You think you just found you twin sister alive and well? Oh, she was also the man you believed to be your worst enemy’s lover who you just killed? Well too bad that trauma was the final push Dark Falz needed to take over her mind and body! Now you gotta put her tortured remains down. P.S. – Yeah, she was with child, just so you know.

This senseless tragedy and many other brought to you by the arcane manipulations and Machiavellian schemes of Dark Falz!

Dark Falz – Accept NO Substitutes.

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Danny Smith

Its not technically dead or technically the game itself but the installer/launcher for FFXI is famous for its music which sometimes i throw on when painting.

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Louie

Play Online’s whole soundtrack is incredible, but Dolphin’s the real standout, great post.

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hurbster

It’s been dead to me since Cataclysm sooooo…