Do you play your games with the music turned on? In particular, do you listen to WoW's score while playing? I have to admit that I do not. I prefer to play games (doesn't really matter what genre) with the in-game music turned off.
Even when the music is beautiful, I find it distracting and after listening to it over and over, it becomes annoying. WoW has some great music and a lot of work has gone into it but I have only listened to it once when Wrath of the Lich King was released. I wanted to experience the flavor of the different zones but after I got a taste of that, I turned it back off.
Strangely, the one game whose music I really loved was Warcraft 2. The Human campaign had a very engaging tune and I would listen to it ad nauseum without getting tired.
So I'm the type of person who likes to concentrate on the ambient sounds and effects. I find that the experience is more immersive this way. If you think about it, real life doesn't actually have music coming from the background.
Despite what I said above, this is not the subject of today's post. I wanted to talk a little bit about the music which reminds you (or me) of WoW. What do you mean, Darth Solo? Well, for me there are two episodes which have imprinted in my brain certain music that will be hard to erase. Every time I head this music it reminds me not only of playing WoW, but of playing it during specific times in my life.
Even though I don't listen to WoW's score, I do rarely listen to my own music if I'm in the right mood. The first such period was during classic WoW, around 2006 or so. I vividly remember riding with my dwarf hunter around Stranglethorn, listening to The All-American Rejects. Those were the "good old" days when I was part of a proper guild and I even managed to get into some raiding action regularly. Whenever I hear songs by The All-American Rejects, it reminds me of those times, especially since I was going through a more difficult period in real life.
The second scene that is burned in my memory is at a later date, during Burning Crusade if I'm not mistaken. I recall playing very late at night with my rogue, leveling him up in Un'goro Crater, listening to Shinedown and getting buzzed on a sixpack.
So yeah, whenever I head these two bands, I'm instantly transported to WoW. It's a weird feeling but on the other hand there are certain songs which strongly remind me of other events in my life, some of them going way back into my early childhood.
What about you? Do you have any songs or bands which remind you of WoW or any other game?
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