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As the resident MMO music nut here at Massively (but not the only one, oh no), I spend probably more time than is healthy listening through soundtracks and hunting down pieces of music that ears have not heard in years. I've got my favorites: The Guild Wars and World of Warcraft albums are a no-...

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We're back with our second part of our Top 40 MMO main themes countdown, this time digging into the middle of the pack. To repeat my self-imposed rules for this list: I limited myself to just one theme from a particular title, even if there were multiple themes in a game. Entries had to be a main t...

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Is that spring ahead? It matters not to the Massively team, since being cooped up inside just means that there's more time to play games! This week on the podcast we talk about the future plans for several MMOs, a revamped UI, and another studio's stab at cleaning up its MMO forums. Get all of o...

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MMO main themes hold the potential to be some of the most powerful and magical pieces of music, partly because we associate them with particular games more than anything else. A great theme will dredge up intense memories or euphoria by the third note, and I see composers putting in their all with ...

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Massively Speaking is experimenting with a new technology that will change podcast recordings each and every time you listen to them, offering an unlimited array of opinions and branching conversations. Maybe this time you'll hear Justin sing, or Bree rant, or special guest star Snoop Dog offer kee...

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I'm particularly excited about this week's journey through MMO music because we're going to touch on one of those scores that doesn't get nearly enough of the respect it should. Like Runes of Magic's excellent OST, Allods Online's music is largely overlooked because the game itself isn't treated as...

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It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. With NDA lifts and layoffs, previews and promises, this past week-in-MMO didn't leave us speechless. On the contrary, Justin and Bree have many words to utter about all of the craziness going on in the industry -- almost an entire hour's worth. C...

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As probably many of you know, I am no fan of the Elven menace. I won't rehash the reasons n this space, but I mention that because I do try to be a fair man. When I'm not trying to eradicate any pointy-eared immortal know-it-all tree-hugger in sight, I have been known to appreciate the Elves' music...

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Disclaimer: Massively Speaking is both a news show and an opinion show. Objectivity has nothing to do with our viewpoints, snarky remarks, and keen insight into the workings of MMOs. We will demonstrate this as we talk about certain games under NDAs, new studios taking over old franchises, and what...

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There's something about the announcement of a game's closure that draws tons of interest to that MMO, the type of interest that it frankly needed long before now, not a few minutes too late. Even so, I had Free Realms on my to do list for a while now and figured that spending an hour with its score...

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One thing's for sure: January surely went out with a bang! Bree, MJ, and Justin almost don't know where to start on the news for this past week in Massively Speaking, but that's certainly better than having nothing to talk about. From strange collaborations to an 18-hour NDA, from pre-order controv...

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We're going to take a week off from our tour of various MMO soundtracks to talk about one of the most common statements I hear when the discussion of in-game music comes up. Here it is: "Oh, I turned the music off a long time ago." It's downright hard to get into any good discussion about mus...

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This week we're changing up the normal format of our podcast by hosting a roundtable on MMO economies and crafting systems! We've got several of our experts on these topics to talk about games past, present, and future. What makes an economy great? What should crafting be able to do? Stay tuned aft...

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There's something about militaristic science-fiction shooters that brings out the piano in the composer, isn't there? That's what I was thinking when I first heard one of the Firefall themes. Not that the track was bad, just that it made me wonder why these simple piano themes have been linked to s...

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Eliot and Justin are kickstarting another lively discussion on the news from the past week. It's been a busy season for crowdfunding, licensing, patching, and shuffling developers around, so rest assured that your crack podcasting team is on it with the maximum snark allowed by the FCC! Have a c...

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We're slowly but steadily working our way through the Guild Wars library, having already covered Prophecies and Factions in this space. It's time to move on to the third and final full campaign of the original game: Nightfall. Nightfall has a special significance for me in that it was my startin...

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In this week's riotous podcast, Bree and Justin give each other the silent treatment. Yup, it's 65 minutes of pure cold, stony silence that will make you feel so uncomfortable that you yourself will end up babbling just to hear someone talk. Naw, we actually have a lot to talk about, including w...

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There's a lot of general distaste and dislike out there for video game music that comes in MIDI or chipset form. Many gamers have simply never really experienced eras when the sound for computers and consoles were limited in such ways, so to go back to listen to them seems downright painful. For MM...

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It's the first Massively Speaking for 2014, and Bree and Justin are charging out of the gate with wild-ass predictions, goofy mistakes, and keen insight into what little news we've gotten from this year so far. Studios messing up? Studios fixing things? Studios trying to make money? Looks like 2014...

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Since it's our very last Jukebox Heroes column of the year on the very last day of the year, I thought it would be most appropriate to open up the reader request lines once again and feature MMO tunes that are your favorites. If you'd like to put in your own request for the next time I run one of t...

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