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GAMEPLAY: Massively multiplayer

World of Warcraft
Over 140 million people worldwide have played World of Warcraft.

We’ll explore some of the sweeping scores that accompany these epic worlds, from World of Warcraft to Final Fantasy XIV to Guild Wars and more.

The term Massively Multiplayer Online Game, or MMO for short, refers to online video games that connect hundreds or even thousands of players in ever-evolving digital worlds.

In some games, players work together to overcome challenges, while in others they compete with one another.

Listen to learn more about these large-scale games and their music!

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund.

Thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance and to Christine Kyprianides and Delia Zaleski for production assistance.

Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director, and Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

PLAYLIST:
Masayoshi Soken - Painted Red (Final Fantasy XIV) - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikikai Chorus Group

Jason Hayes - Legends of Azeroth (World of Warcraft) - original soundtrack, Eímear Noone, conductor

Jason Hayes - Burning Steppes (World of Warcraft) - original soundtrack; Eímear Noone, conductor

Jason Hayes - Seasons of War (World of Warcraft) - original soundtrack; Eímear Noone, conductor

Yoko Kanno - Intro Theme (Ragnarok Online II) - Warsaw Philharmonic; The Little Singers of Tokyo

Yoko Kanno - Din Don Dan Dan (Ragnarok Online II) - Warsaw Philharmonic; Gabriela Robin, vocals

Yoko Kanno - King's Joy (Ragnarok Online II) - Warsaw Philharmonic

Wilbert Roget II - Army of the War God (Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire) - original soundtrack

Wilbert Roget II - Undead of Elona (Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire) - original soundtrack

Maclaine Diemer, Lena Chappelle - The Golden Cave (Guild Wars 2: Living World Season 2) - original soundtrack

Wilbert Roget II - Enter the Fire God (Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire) - original soundtrack

Wilbert Roget II - Eternal Conflict (Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire) - original soundtrack

Masayoshi Soken - The Faerie Ring (Final Fantasy XIV) - Keiko Osaki: arranger, piano

Masayoshi Soken - A Land Long Dead (Final Fantasy XIV) - original soundtrack

Grant Kirkhope, Glenn Stafford - Seat of the Primus (World of Warcraft: Shadowlands) - original soundtrack

Neal Acree, David Arkenstone - The Way is Our Purpose (World of Warcraft: Shadowlands) - original soundtrack

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.