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To Riot: Where is the good music? (long)

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Tuul

Senior Member

10-20-2009

Riot games impresses me on multiple fronts. From the pace they add content to their game, to the amount of content they provide, to the quality, etc etc etc.

Everything about this game is just top notch imho. Here is a new company putting the rest of the industry to shame in alot of ways because they are simply doing everything right.

There is one area i feel LoL is currently lacking. That is music. Im sure alot of this is to be added soon, but for a game so rich in lore and artistic appeal, i find the music lacking.

Songs like the lobby music in HoN, or the Tristram theme from diablo, these songs have such a strong fanatsy feel, but also such memorable melodies, i feel like by all accounts LoL is a landmark game, and deserves awesome, fitting and memorable music to usher it in.

The old in game song, that was recently replace, was a good moody track (although not enough melody to have long term stay in your mind power). I feel like the new track is not really memorable at all (not trying to be mean).

It's ironic, because although sound technology has grown by leaps and bounds (in the video game world) in the past 20 years, as a whole, it seems like video game music has suffered. It seems like every NES game had an incredible soundtrack, and yet now that we can do anything with sound, we get some moody ambient soundtrack that isn't really music.

Music is emotion in motion. And maybe im the only one that actually listens to the soundtrack of the game im playing, but i feel like it's critical in immersing yourself in the game. Music sets the mood in ways pure visuals just cannot.

Who can forget the first time they entered the catacombs on diablo? Or the first time they entered town, and instantly knew they were in a midevil fantasy realm just by the song? Who didn't get their blood pumping when they were playing as wesker on res evil 4's mercineries mode and the supurbly dark song that accompanied him? Who can forget humming mega man tunes while playing, and for hours upon hours afterwards? Who can forget playing as the orcs in warcraft II, hearing that steady drum beat over that harpsicordish riff, the arcane echoes in the background sending shivers down your spine?

I guess what im getting at is that it would be easy to throw in some kinda half-assed moody ambient soundtrack that kinda fits for setting the scene, but never actually takes the player anywhere, but i feel like LoL being a game that excels on every other front, deserves awesome awesome awesome music! And being that Riot has succeed so superbly on all other fronts with this game, i believe they can deliver on the soundtrack as well.

Edit: didn't know winter map had a diff song, will check it out. Was talking about the Summer map.

Edit: Played a practice match. The winter map music is good. definatly has a cool winter vibe about it. It is kinda quiet, and not exactly something i'd go out of my way to put on my ipod. I do like it alot better than the current summer map music, but still not something super memorable =/


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Bregan

Senior Member

10-20-2009

i agree that music is left to the wayside these days. lufia 2 and chrono trigger ftw.


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Derceto

Senior Member

10-21-2009

Couldn't agree more, games with good music are few and far between, much moreso than they were back in the NES days. It is clear that though synthesizers have allowed for greater clarity and better quality sounding songs, the composition of todays video game music rarely follows. allow me to list some songs that have been both mood setting and professional while maintaining a strong memorable melody.

Metroid Prime did an excellent job with a wintery themed song that carried a strong melody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbbUv1hz6mE
as well as an amazing job at a simple Data select screen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fN9YZUdUPc

Warcraft 2 is easily Blizzard's biggest masterpiece when it comes to in-game music, this is back when it was more important to have a good peice with an awesome melody than to try to appeal to a larger demographic. Bottom line is that this piece did a better job setting the mood than pathetic ambient mood music ever could.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1QJXxhJ2gE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj8ON5f7UGI&feature=related

Hitman Bloodmoney: Jesper Kyd is an amazing composer and very successfully integrates one of the most powerful tools a composer can use, Vocals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2w4SNOW-6w

Beyond Good and Evil is another piece to successfully integrate music (and vocals) with a real melody into their game, setting the mood that much more powerfully.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUUGVVQjUNk

Nintendo has countless memorable and well composed songs that set the mood in an amazing way
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyoR-Pg6o0c&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fXC2S-1tGU

Phantasy Star created some of the best video game music period. Is it wrong to play a game BECAUSE of the music, because thats really how i feel about this series.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6sI5SMKThA <-- These may be my all time favorite songs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNwk2H32qLQ <---
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afj4sXyx3kc

At the risk of posting too many and losing my audience as a result i still feel inclined to post one last tribute to capcom, who's megaman music still defines good video game music.
Resident evil 4 Wesker Theme
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhYDyFxSqAE
Bionic Commando Rearmed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1r7TrYZwJ0&feature=related

Indeed i think the famed composer Jeremy Soule (who did the music for various games including Baulders Gate, Icewind Dale, and Oblivion) put it best when he said that "He came to feel that the music found in most games 'lacked drama and intensity'" and thats why he got into the industry. To change that.

Citation:
The Armchair Empire, Interview with Jeremy Soule, http://www.armchairempire.com/Interviews/jeremy_soule.htm


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Warrition

Adjudicator

10-22-2009

The Twisted Treeline has a really good score. Check it!


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Derceto

Senior Member

10-22-2009

Yeah you're right i really did enjoy the twisted treeline music a lot more. Definately a better example of what great effect music can have on the game, sets a great mood and yet carries somewhat of a melody, though i would still like a little more melody. I actually did find myself wanting to play that map again simply to hear the music!


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Slapcorn

Member

10-26-2009

I agree. The music is what makes the game most memorable. They really should make a very good main theme or something. The music is lacking slightly.


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Tuul

Senior Member

10-26-2009

Was the summer maps music changed in the last major patch? It sounds alot better. Winter map is currently pretty good. Twisted Tree line does have a fitting vibe to it.

All in all the music is getting better, though still lacks that truly memorable quality.


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Derceto

Senior Member

10-29-2009

I dont really care for the summer music, its too Militaristic with its steady drums, and otherwise bland.


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