World of Warcraft Music
You probably know about Blizzard’s popular online fantasy game called World of Warcraft. But did you know that there is an intense musical underground dedicated to the game and its soundtrack. There are entire fan-made online communities and social media pages dedicated to these types of Gamer-Music collaborations where players write songs based on their in-game experiences (either their own or someone else’s). In this article, I will be sharing my own music inspired by my gameplay in the of World of Warcraft.
When you think of the word “epic” what do you think of? If you’re a gamer, chances are you’ll think of dragons, swords, and sorcery. You might also recollect the epic moments in games like World of Warcraft, Diablo and Skyrim. These types of video games have become famous for their immersive gameplay and challenging quests that require gamers to team up with others to defeat bosses or other epic enemies. What makes these games so epic? It’s the music. That’s right! Music plays such a huge role in the success of video games that developers assign one person specifically as an audio lead (or sound designer) to carefully consider every note played. So much so that most developers will even hire an external sound agency or musician just to assist them in creating a unique soundtrack that captures players from the first note to the last. Whether it be traditional orchestra pieces, medieval horns, saxophones, guitars or flutes – there is something special about game-inspired music that transports us into another realm.
What is World of Warcraft?
World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that was first released by Blizzard in 2004. It’s set in the fantasy world of Azeroth, which is inhabited by humans, orcs, undead, trolls, goblins and many others. Players choose a race and class and can explore different landscapes, fight monsters, and complete quests to level up and earn experience points. They can also join guilds and participate in raids. The highest-level players can participate in competitive PvP combat, such as tournaments. While it might be hard to believe that one game could generate so much attention over the years, it’s important to note that the game has received critical acclaim since the beginning. World of Warcraft received a perfect score from GameSpot, IGN and GameSpy in 2004. It was also awarded the Game of the Year title by many other publications.
Why is Game Music so Important?
If we want to dive deep into this, it’s important to understand that music can greatly influence our mood, feelings and thoughts. It can alter our physiology and even affect our behaviour. This is why it’s so crucial to have a soundtrack that creates the right emotions and feelings in a game to make the experience as immersive as possible. It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but a song is worth a thousand pictures. Music can set the mood and create a certain feeling in the player’s mind that can’t be replaced with a picture. By adding the right soundtrack, developers can also help the player to understand what they’re doing in the game. The soundtrack can affect the player’s emotions and make them feel like they’re really in the game. A good soundtrack can also increase the player’s motivation. This is why there are soundtracks for running, studying, sleeping and many other activities.
Music and Gameplay Go Hand in Hand
Music can help to guide the player through the gameplay. For example, in a racing game, the music can be loud and pulsing when the player is accelerating, but quiet and calming when they’re going slowly. This helps the player to keep track of what they’re doing, while also providing them with an enjoyable experience. The music can also be adjusted to reflect the player’s progression in the game. As the player progresses through the game and gets further along in their journey, the music can change to make the player feel like they’ve overcome a challenge. If they’ve won a race, the music can become more triumphant to let them know they’ve succeeded.
One day, I was bored and looking for something fun to do when I stumbled upon World of Warcraft. I had heard of it before, but I wasn’t very interested in it. That all changed when I started playing it and discovered the amazing music. At first, I was confused about how to even play the game and what my character was supposed to be. Once I got a handle on everything, I started exploring the lands, killing monsters, and listening to the music. I was immediately hooked. The more I played the World of Warcraft, the more I loved the music. It was the perfect soundtrack for something like this and really put me in the mood.
How Can You Create a World of Warcraft-Inspired Soundtrack?
If you’re a musician looking to make a name for yourself in the gaming industry, how can you do that? And how do you make your music stand out from the crowd? Well, it’s all about knowing where to focus your attention. Every game is different and requires a soundtrack that is specifically designed to be unique and fit the personalities of the characters, the storyline and the mood of the game. But how do you go about that? The first thing you need to do is to understand the game and its characters. Once you’ve done that, you then need to think about what mood you want the game to create for the player. You also need to consider what mood the main characters in the game are feeling. Once you’ve figured all of that out, start brainstorming ideas and writing down anything that pops into your head. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to create your music from scratch. There are many free sound effects and sample music pieces you can use to get started. You can even hire musicians from online websites or communities that let you post your project and receive bids from other musicians who can create the music for you.
My own music released under the name PVPXTV is inspired by World of Warcraft (and other games), but not necessarily related to the WoW soundtrack theme. It’s based more on my mood when playing the game. Gameplay inspired music. Disclaimer: I have no music training, can’t read or write music, and just make it up as I go. But if you want to have a listen, check out my Bandcamp page.