This is totally random, but I was browsing through music and came across the Dark Age of Camelot Soundtrack and felt compelled to share it with you guys. This is not only my favorite MMO soundtrack, but it’s one of my favorite CD’s. It’s interesting to note here that only four songs from the entire soundtrack are actually in the game: Main Theme, Albion Dream, Hibernian Village Dance, and Midgard Dawn.
The rest of the songs are collected from various artists to represent the feel of each of the classes in the game (16 of the classes) hailing from the three realms which represent Nordic, Celtic, and Britain realms. There are selections from each of them that I really enjoy, but the Hibernia classes are, by far, the best. I swear there is something in my blood that draws me to the Celtic stuff — Christmas songs, folk music, and just about any kind of music is better when it’s Celtic.Â Listen to The Ranger (sums up all of my feelings for Hibernia), The Bard, and The Champion.
Listening to the songs that were actually in the game reminded me of just how important the music is to the atmosphere.Â I don’t give music much thought in today’s games because all of the music feels like it has no soul.Â Sure, there are some really great pieces of music but they feel like they’re composed to stand alone and not augment the setting.Â In Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, and others which I could name (like SWG wouldn’t have been Star Wars without those famous pieces of music), the music transported you into the setting.Â It’s in part what helped me to respect the setting of so many MMO’s of old.Â Just listen to Albion Dream; I’m swept away to a small thatched roof town of the middle ages peacefully sitting in the shadows of Camelot where life is slow and worry-free.
Don’t underestimate the power of game music.Â I know some of you write it off and even turn it off.Â Don’t be so quick.Â I’m telling you right now that if you’re jaded about MMO’s, pining for the old days, or simply think something is missing from today’s generation then don’t dismiss music.Â The simplistic little melodies, even in midi form, are a huge part of what made the great games great.Â At this point we have to start branching out and bringing in every little detail about the older games in order to try and recapture that feel — it’s not all about gameplay.