- List of Common Acronyms Found in the <i>Handbook</i>
- List of Software Found in the <i>Handbook</i>
- List of Games Found in the <i>Handbook</i>
- List of Contributors
- About the Companion Website
- Spatial Reconfiguration in Interactive Video Art
- Navigating Sound: Locative and Translocational Approaches to Interactive Audio
- Defining Sound Toys: Play as Composition
- Thinking More Dynamically about Using Sound to Enhance Learning from Instructional Technologies
- Acoustic Scenography and Interactive Audio: Sound Design for Built Environments
- The Unanswered Question of Musical Meaning: A Cross-domain Approach
- How Can Interactive Music be Used in Virtual Worlds Like <i>World of Warcraft</i>?
- Sound and the Videoludic Experience
- Designing a Game for Music: Integrated Design Approaches for Ludic Music and Interactivity
- Worlds of Music: Strategies for Creating Music-based Experiences in Videogames
- Embodied Virtual Acoustic Ecologies of Computer Games
- A Cognitive Approach to the Emotional Function of Game Sound
- The Sound of Being There: Presence and Interactive Audio in Immersive Virtual Reality
- Sonic Interactions in Multimodal Environments: An Overview
- Musical Interaction for Health Improvement
- Engagement, Immersion and Presence: The Role of Audio Interactivity in Location-aware Sound Design
- Multisensory Musicality in <i>Dance Central</i>
- Interactivity and Liveness in Electroacoustic Concert Music
- Skill in Interactive Digital Music Systems
- Gesture in the Design of Interactive Sound Models
- Virtual Musicians and Machine Learning
- Musical Behavior and Amergence in Technoetic and Media Arts
- Flow of Creative Interaction with Digital Music Notations
- Blurring Boundaries: Trends and Implications in Audio Production Software Developments
- Delivering Interactive Experiences through the Emotional Adaptation of Automatically Composed Music
- A Review of Interactive Sound in Computer Games: Can Sound Affect the Motoric Behavior of a Player?
- Interactive Spectral Processing of Musical Audio
- Let’s Mix it Up: Interviews Exploring the Practical and Technical Challenges of Interactive Mixing in Games
- Our Interactive Audio Future
- For the Love of Chiptune
- Procedural Audio Theory and Practice
- Live Electronic Preparation: Interactive Timbral Practice
- New Tools for Interactive Audio, and What Good they Do
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses ways that interactive music can be used in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment 2004–13). It describes current uses of interactive music in MMORPGs and addresses gameplay problems like repetitive music and listener fatigue. It gives examples of composition techniques that can be used to solve such problems. Challenges and potential problems related to using interactive music in MMORPGs are also discussed. Since the music in MMORPGs is heard over several years, there may be history, memories, and nostalgia associated with it, and changing the music too much can therefore remove parts of the gameplay experience. The chapter provides ways of improving MMORPGs with interactive music, while considering such challenges.
Jon Inge Lomeland holds an MA in Ethnomusicology and musicology from the University of Bergen, Norway, where he studied music and emotions in the game World of Warcraft. He teaches music in addition to composing music for games.
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