Role Playing Text Games: MUDs and Music

Role Playing Games and Music

By Christopher K. Davis

Music is a large part of life, and it can enhance almost everything... so it makes sense that it can affect your role playing game experience. A solid music selection can truly make your MUD experience that much more dramatic. Sure the background noise of television is alright to listen to while playing your favorite text-based game, but music enables you to feel more emotions, and ultimately get more enjoyment out of it. You can act as your own DJ to figure out what songs are best for you to listen to while you role play.

Death Metal, Classical, Pop... any of these genres could be the key to enhancing your actions in the text-based world that much more. Depending on your mood, it could change day to day what you feel like listening to, and what fits with your role playing game experience. What bands and songs you listen to can even influence how you take on events in your character's life. Music could be that missing element that helps you fully immerse yourself into your character. And depending on your character and the situation, there are a range of different music styles that you can choose to listen to while playing your text game.

Imagine what fun could be had from listening to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" while taking on some undead. Do not deny your other senses - your eyes may be all that you technically need to play, but your ears can offer just as much. In fact, all of the senses can enhance your role playing game experience; music is just an easy and oft-preferred method, with a multitude of studies behind it to back its use up. Music has been used for ages to enhance moods, and help with things such as depression, fatigue, relaxation, and much more.

One of the main things a person will often remembers after playing a game is the music used to complement the gameplay. The perfect note or set of lyrics could can really strike a chord with your character's life and create a powerfully evocative experience. By listening to songs while going through personal events in-game, there is a possibility for a much stronger and more lasting experience to be had. Music is a major source of connection and identity. Personal taste aside, you can even still dislike a song and have it draw forth a powerufl emotional reaction such as hate, dislike, fear or disgust.

Role playing experiences (like those found in a role playing MUD) and music can truly go hand in hand together to provide a much richer experience. The many ways one can personalize the two and create an even more truly unique experience is unlimited. A new song or a new change in your game could result in something completely fresh. So the next time you log on make sure not only to use your eyes, but use your ears as well.

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Christopher K. Davis is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games from

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I like is almost anything by John Williams, so I can feel like my ratting is THE MOST EPIC RATTING TO EVER TAKE PLACE, and Alestorm for anything involving boats.



I personally chose Gregorian chants.

dragon metal hands down

dragon egg metal!

I rather like instrumental or classic music to go in hand with my playing. 

Barbie girl. *sagenod* "I'm a barbie girl, in a barbie world, life in plastic, it's fantastic..."

I listen to different music depending on my mood. I've been mudding since 94 and listen to everything from soundtracks (e.g. The Peacemaker, The Fountain), to Beastie Boyz or Lil' Wayne, to Hair or Man of La Mancha or Fiddler on the Roof.


It just depends. I was big into Karl Jenkins for a while.


Oh yeah, there is certain music or songs that when I hear them, I instantly remember some aspect of a game.


Madonna's Ray of Light always reminds me of FF8.

i stick with whatever's on my playlist at that time anyway.

incidentally, right now it is Bieber's Xmas album :P  Apparently I'm a 12-year old girl.

Listen to evil to do evil?

Like Ke$ha.

till you see the sunlight, brother!

No music


It's been a long time since I've listened to music while playing. I admit, I'm the one guilty of watching TV while I play, which is dumb because I usually end up having to pause whatever I'm watching, mute or turn it down in order to get my own thoughts sorted out if I happen to be roleplaying at the time instead of just "working". I should get back into the music thing, see if that makes a difference.

and life is better now because of the themes!

I agree. Though I frequently do play without music.


Id love to hear some pretty epic songs in the background

Elderscrolls music gets me in the mood to fight/RP/ simply search for commodities.

The score from the Lord of The  Rings Trilogy  are also quite wonderful

I don't like mudding with music. I start singing along and then end up typing what I'm singing instead of what I mean to.

I don't think I ever change the music I'm listening to for it to conincide with games I'm playing.

I should make a better music collection to listen to while playing. forums have a nice range for the current event, Bal'met is going down tonight!