A Sound in the Distance
Regardless of which MUD first used a congratulatory aural fanfare as a reward for leveling up, it was EverQuest that made this practice famous. While its loud "ding" sound effect is grating and annoying in any other context, hearing that blaring chime in-game at the end of another filled xp bar is just as rewarding as the attribute points that come with it. Like Pavlov's salvating dogs, we came to long for that piercing ding just as much as the level itself, if not moreso. And why not? The ding, after all, is the sound of progress. More than the "grats" from party members and guildmates, that boisterous sound effect congratulates us on a job well done, and reminds us that we're just a little better off than we were before.
Every MMORPG to follow in EverQuest's footsetps, or at least the ones that matter, has included a ding sound effect. And while the actual sound effects bear little resemblane to EverQuest's famous "ding," more closely resembling exploding fireworks, an angelic harp, or a "boosh" instead, we have come to recognize and understand these sounds as markers of personal progress.
So come and /camp around the warm, welcoming glow of an embedded Flash player and enjoy the very sound of forward momentum. Never again will a levelcap bring with it the disheartening silence of a dingless world. Listen, and enjoy the sound of unending progress.
In order to avoid returning to this page more often than necessary, feel free to download individual ding sound effects (in MP3 format, of course) for your own perverted needs.
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