The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite sound effect from an MMO?

    
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Story-based.

We tend to pay a lot more attention to music than sound when it comes to MMOs, which is odd because both of them are pretty important in our conception of the game as a whole. The sound of each sword stroke, footsteps across the ground, wind whistling through the trees, creaks of wood and clangs of metal… the sound of every given item makes a huge impact on your enjoyment of the game.

Of course, we also respect that sounds are a little harder to describe than music is; it’s much easier to give people the idea of a mournful orchestral piece with a strong flute section than it is to explain, say, the peculiar rattling-slice noises of Final Fantasy XIV’s gunbreaker. But let’s give it a shot all the same. What’s your favorite sound effect from an MMO, and what makes it so important to you? Is it memorably unusual, particularly impressive, or just neat for other reasons?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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NeoWolf

I would have to go with Character Grunts and Groans

Because whenever I think of some voice actor having to sit in a booth and record grunts and groans for hours on end it makes me chuckle at the sheer ridiculousness of it.

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Pål Einar Jensen

Prayer of Mending (WoW priest spell).

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Alyn

You can have a sound effects column without hearing the “Duty Complete” for the boss affectionately called the “Pepsi Man”! Enjoy!

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So in FFXIV I love the sound of Stone IV with White mage it is so satisfying.

Now for the nostalgia sound that would have to be the foot step sound in UO I know it to this day in either when I would keep it on or off it is a sound that will always be with me.

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Aldristavan

me when that wow rogue wwoooom
(stealth) sound pops

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mimicx10

World of Warcraft Rogue Cheap Shot. Hearing that sound in vanilla meant you were about to be dead.

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zoward

I love the way LotRO‘s minstrels have the sounds of the instrument they’re using to attack their foes. It’s fun to grind mobs and watch them go down to the sound of a flute. Or a bagpipe.

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Minimalistway

I love how WoW do sound effects, the abilities alone sounds great, it’s one reason why i love playing elemental shaman, the sound effects makes it more exciting.

Also WoW do ambient environment sound very well, sometimes i turn off the music to listen to the zone itself.