And they were singing, "Bye, bye, miss American pie,"
Drove my Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry,
And good ol' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
singing, "This'll be the day that I die..."
A big part of the WoW experience, in my mind, is created by the music and sound effects. The music does a great job of setting the mood for each of the different zones. The sound effects really make you feel like you are part of the action.
Yet I'm occasionally amazed and confused to hear people in my guild talk about how they do everything with the sound completely muted. Maybe they are listening to iTunes or Vent, or watching TV (another head-scratcher) instead. Like, OMG, what's the point in playing WoW with no sound? It would be like watching a Star Wars movie with the sound turned off. George Lucas may not be much of a story teller, but he definitely knows how to hire good composers and sound effects people. The same could be said for Blizzard.
Not only do you have to have the sound turned on, you have to have a good quality set of speakers with a decent subwoofer so that the bass is properly handled. How are you supposed to immerse yourself in the WoW experience if you aren't engulfed in sound? For my part, I play mostly on my laptop with headphones on, which serves the same purpose as having a giant set of speakers. I occasionally unplug the headphones, but I can't do it for long because hearing all that wonderful sound being stifled by those tinny-sounding laptop speakers is just too painful.
But the music in Azeroth comes in two varieties:
1) The really well done, background-ish music that does a great job of setting the mood for each zone. You hear it, but you don't think about it really. It's almost like another part of the landscape. Sometimes it's spooky (Duskwood), sometimes melancholy (Westfall), sometimes happy (the Inn music).
2) And then there's the the music in Stormwind.
I have to turn off the music when I go into Stormwind. I even have a hotkey set up (Ctrl+M; I can't remember if that's the default or not) to do it. It starts off well enough, just like in every zone, kind of pleasant, a bit majestic. But then it starts to build, and then it gets a little crazy, and eventually goes completely over the top: they start singing. That horrible choral music that I can't understand a word they are saying. "Por qui se re" is all I ever get out of it, though I suspect that isn't what they are actually saying. (I think that means something in Spanish, but alas, I don't speak Spanish.) The chorus is so totally over-the-top, and it will stick in your head until the end of time, eventually driving you completely insane, if you don't turn it off.
But for the Stormwind music, I really can't imagine playing WoW with the sound turned off. Am I the only one who feels this way? Do you turn the music and sound on or off when you play? Does it add or detract from the experience for you?