After such a monumental occasion, one should consider the role that music plays in our gaming experience -- and in this case, for World of Warcraft. Blizzard has brought on some of the most talented composers, singers and musicians in order to make the music more than just background noise -- it's become part of the entire culture of WoW.
The themes for World of Warcraft are the most recognizable, as they usually encompass an entire expansion. The subsequent music for the zones complement the main theme and the feel for the game (and expansion) as a whole. From the quiet, natural melodies of the original game, to the melancholy, gothic hymns of Wrath of the Lich King, everything has always matched. I remember the first time that I watched the Wrath cinematic and could feel tears welling up when I heard the falsetto. It was so haunting and sad, and it spoke volumes of the hurt, betrayal and agony of Arthas, the Lich King.
With composers like Christopher Tin paving the way for the "video games as art" argument, could it be possible for some of the musical scores of Cataclysm and beyond to be on the red carpet? I certainly hope so, as these creations are no less valid than anything Lady Gaga makes.
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