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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:10AM Dratyan said

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Glad to see GW and GW2 here. Jeremy Soule's compositions truly are amazing.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:17AM Ehra said

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Not surprised at all to see GW, WoW and EQ here :)

Some others I really like that didn't make either list:

Perfect World:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owK_nSuiLBo&feature=related

Dark Age of Camelot (mainly for nostalgia):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMBopV7U4Is

Dungeon Fighter Online:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnLQjtpatWk

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 2:27PM Kawaii Five0 said

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@Ehra
I've often deliberately sat at the character select screen in DFO just to listen that song. It's definitely one of my favorites.

I nostalgia'd hard at that UO song. Probably my favorite MMO theme, even if only for the fond memories (though, it is a beautiful song!).

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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 6:48PM Nepentheia said

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@Ehra

I LOVE the DAoC theme song!! :D
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:10PM Shazzie said

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@Nepentheia
I was shocked to not see DAoC on this list, myself.
+1 DAoC!
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:30AM (Unverified) said

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Easily my favourite: Fallen Earth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDWVcnv2zWY

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:46AM (Unverified) said

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Great list overall, I may disagree with some of the rankings, but most of the songs are worthy of being on the list. Glad to see that the music of Granado Espada got a nod. It really does have some of the most beautiful music, game related or not. A personal fave is Cite de Reboldeux , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyYu4wOsth8



Posted: Jan 26th 2012 10:51AM Wilhelm2451 said

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What? You have a slot for an unreleased game, but no room for anything from EVE Online. *pout*

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 2:16PM LeBouc said

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@Wilhelm2451

Disclaimer of conflict of interest: I'm a 7 year-long Eve vet and inverterate fan.

Saying that, Justin how can you list 20 of the best MMO theme songs and not include 1 from Eve? There are regular anecdotal tales from Eve players about how they compile the soundtracks and listen to it repeatedly in cars, long journeys, flights etc, even players who find it soothing to go to sleep listening to. Can you say the same for most of the songs you chose?

Seriously dude... disappointing omission there.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 2:57PM Ehra said

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@LeBouc

The list is strictly theme music (or login music), not entire soundtracks.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:00AM Stormwaltz said

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Wow. I'm honestly surprised to see Asheron's Call in this list, since the first game had no music at all, and the second used an elaborate procedural system rather than set-piece compositions.

I don't remember the precise details, but "Excalibur" was licensed from a company (Network Music?) that put such out short pieces of music on sampler CDs, and you'd pay a la carte to use them. You can sometimes hear the song in cable channel documentaries from the late 90s.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:10AM (Unverified) said

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Dark age of Camelot should really have been there aswell

Lord of the Rings online aswell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWD4pNb3O1c

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:36AM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) LotRO's theme music is meh at best, compared to the rest of the soundtrack, which is pretty damn awesome. It just doesn't have the oomph a good theme tune needs to have.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:19AM (Unverified) said

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No love for DAoC

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:30AM Monkey D Luffy said

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Why isn't the FFXIV theme on here? That one is way better than these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23ud6HnGsVU

The CoP theme from FFXI is amazing as well (But all of FFXI's music is amazing).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeeqDADjIsM

You should probably edit this article and add them in there.

Posted: Jan 26th 2012 11:38AM Lenn said

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@Monkey D Luffy I realize it isn't tagged as such, but I thought it was bleeding obvious that this is an opinion piece.

But anyway: http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/01/12/the-perfect-ten-best-mmo-theme-songs-part-one/
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 12:44PM Monkey D Luffy said

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@Lenn. An opinion is limited to the knowledge one has. If the writer sees those two links then maybe he will correct himself or add an honorable mention from the new knowledge he has gained.

It's like Kotaku making a "Best of" list when they copy all their news from other sites and know nothing of gaming other than the popular games that often make the news of other sites.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:11PM Ehra said

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@Monkey D Luffy

Maybe you noticed that this is a part two of a larger list? It should be pretty clear just by looking at this list that Justin knows about MMOs outside of the "popular" games.

Then you read the part one and notice that FFXI made #17 so, yes, he does know about those games.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:26PM Lenn said

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@Monkey D Luffy So if everyone's not seeing their favourite on the list they should tell Justin to "edit this article and add it in there'? Might be a good idea if only to check whether there is a limit to the number of characters the Internet can hold.

And do check out that link I gave. It's there for a reason.
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Posted: Jan 26th 2012 1:34PM fatedruby said

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@Monkey D Luffy
As much as I agree with you, this list is based in his opnion and he already mentioned he considers XI's theme better than XIV's, and already placed XI as #17.

A heresy, I know. But, as people like to say on the internet:

Deal with it.
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