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  Dauzqul

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12/03/12 10:59:35 AM#41

It's very important to me.

EverQuest II did the best with their music system. They gave their players a /music folder within the EQ2 directory. The music folder had several other folders labeled by each zone. If you wanted to hear a certain song when entering "The Commonlands", you simply put whatever .mp3 into "The Commonlands" folder. This is so much better than changing tracks on the fly via player.

  KnutCup

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12/03/12 12:08:38 PM#42
Music soundtracks are way too distracting, I've goitten killed many times cuz, I did not hear the char creap up on me. Blame it on the music, not my reaction times! 
  Jaedor

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12/03/12 12:10:40 PM#43

Very important to me. I nearly always play game music when I play and if it sucks, I usually don't get the game.

  Jonoku

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12/03/12 12:12:25 PM#44
It all depends on the situation of what I'm playing. If I'm PvP'ing usually metal/rock/techno, if I'm in VOIP I don't turn on music at all. It pumps me up when I put music on. If its a cutscene=mute temporarily.

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  Sovrath

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12/03/12 1:43:30 PM#45

well it depends on the music. My degree is in Compostion so I tend to listen to how it's put together.

I've heard some music that players seem to love but I just can't take it.

Still, sometimes there is music that uses bad synthesizer sounds and those I can't take (looking at you lotro).

If the music intrudes upon the game then I turn it off. If it enhances my experience I leave it on.

How important is it? Not very, I don't really think it's needed. Just like not all movies have to have music.

  Terranah

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12/03/12 1:47:06 PM#46
Music can be used to establish pace or embellish a setting or circumstance.  I tend to use the ingame music for awhile, but after awhile I turn the music down and let my imagination do those things.
  Manestream

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12/03/12 1:55:31 PM#47

As some others ave already said, for me music in game is also down on the agenda as I also tend to turn all the music off in all games and turn up the other sounds. If I did want to have music I would play my own (MP3, CD/Tape/(cough-records).

So in answer to the question, is music important in a game, I would have to say NO (for myself), graphics take precedence above music. In order of how i personally would place things -

Gameplay - Graphics - Control - Camera/UI design - game sounds - Music.

As you can see, that aspect comes in at the bottom for me.

  greenreen

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12/03/12 9:53:05 PM#48

I usually turn it down really low or completely off if I can keep combat sounds and ambiance on instead.

It's not that I hate it, sometimes it's nice music but lots of times the drums get too loud and they keep trying to make all sorts of epic moments that get loud but all it does is shake my desk because of the subwoofer at my feet. To understand why the shaking is a problem, my desk is over 7 ft long and I have lots of stuff on it because I practically live here - from stacked soda cans to clearasil pads to bottles of migraine pills and vitamins, all things that get annoying rattling around.

When gaming I can also be watching videos or doing other things, I'm not a full screen gamer, in fact, most of them look horrid on my 24" widescreen monitor. They are often stretched oddly. One of the first things I look to tweak in games is to put it at no larger than 1024. That size is also what my casting is set to when I cast my gameplay to others. Also while casting I have to have a window up for the chat and another for the encoder so again, I can't go full screen and access those things unless I setup dual monitors or ran another computer in the room.

I'd rather just listen to classical music playlists I like anyway if I need music. If I'm doing pvp I might move to some heartbeat raising music like Rammstein.

 

  VirgoThree

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12/03/12 10:04:43 PM#49

I leave it on, and generally at default levels. In general when it comes to settings/controls/GUI (although most MMO's I'll generally enable all hotbars) I pretty much run all games on default settings. Graphics are the only thing I tweak in any game.

I generally try to play the game as the developer intended it in the default scenario. After about ten minutes of silence I start to get annoyed. Some games do not have constant BGM, and when I hit those spots of silence I always wonder if its a bug or just a weird design decision.

  tort0429

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OP  12/03/12 10:09:35 PM#50
Originally posted by Raskbuck

Personally speaking, music is an incredibly important aspect in any game for me. It usually decides whether I play it for a long time or not. It has to be placed carefully, though, fitting the world adequately.

My favorite example would be FFXI. Some maps are completely music-less, with only ambient sounds. It's incredible how that can enhance the immersion; listening to the ocean, the wind, the sand... etc. It also plays music where it 'feels' right, like in the Sanctuary of the Zi'tah, or Ronfaure. I still listen to those pieces from time to time, as I tend to associate it with the immersive world FFXI was.

In my opinion, you can make a game graphically appealing, have fancy mechanics and captivating story; but all of that is for naught if it doesn't have a good musical score to back it up. For me, a game without music lacks the soul that makes the world alive.

It's a real shame developers don't invest much time in this, as it could really enhance the experience if it's done well.

Exactly how I feel.  I couldn't have said it better.

  tort0429

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OP  12/03/12 10:11:06 PM#51
Originally posted by mmoDAD

It's very important to me.

EverQuest II did the best with their music system. They gave their players a /music folder within the EQ2 directory. The music folder had several other folders labeled by each zone. If you wanted to hear a certain song when entering "The Commonlands", you simply put whatever .mp3 into "The Commonlands" folder. This is so much better than changing tracks on the fly via player.

I agree.   And after playing it for years, I still say it has one of the best soundtracks.  It's one of things, amongst many, that I remember about the game.  If I play the opening theme of eq2, the memories of the guild friends I made and the in game adventures we went on all come  to mind. 

 

 

 

  Jemcrystal

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12/04/12 2:11:32 AM#52
I turn game music off tho I don't have a problem with it.  I want my character to be the one PLAYING the music I created on his/her instrument.  I'm tired of games providing everything for me and not letting me do it myself.

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  Varthander

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12/04/12 2:19:35 AM#53
For me music its the 50% of my experience, if it doesnt caught my ears attention then i will probably get bored and pass on.

  aspekx

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12/04/12 2:23:53 AM#54

i love well composed and placed game music. to go without it would be almost like watching a movie w/o a soundtrack.

at times i do turn off the music in a game if it becomes too repititious. but for the most part i let it run and enjoy the ambience that good music can create.

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  dave6660

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12/04/12 8:56:02 AM#55

I turn off the music in most games.  Depending on how annoying the sound effects are, I sometimes turn those off as well.

Besides, I have to listen to the wife commentary track.

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  fenistil

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12/04/12 8:57:45 AM#56
Very impportant, so are all other sounds like ambient, scenery and other.
  Icewhite

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12/04/12 10:39:21 AM#57
Approximately zero.

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  bliss14

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12/04/12 11:28:16 AM#58

I remember playing Diablo 2 and listening to Days of the New a ton during play.  It just seemed to fit so well. 

Now I will usually just pick a radio station and have it on in the background fairly softly.

  cheachan

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12/05/12 3:15:13 AM#59
It affects my mood whenever I play games. Either it motivates me to do some quests or just stay put in one place & do something else

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