Submitted by PureSophistry 830d ago | opinion piece

How Important Is Music in Video Games?


"Music has an impact on people that many other mediums do not. It’s capable of both evoking emotional response with softer melodies and pumping blood through your veins with its faster beats. Music can set tone faster than anything else, be it visual aesthetics or good writing, is capable of doing. This is because it draws on a primal part of our brains and uses our own feelings and memories to craft the message it’s trying to convey to us, and by using our own mental brush to paint the image it brings a much clearer one to life." (Dev, Industry, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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csreynolds  +   831d ago
Extremely important. It's presence (or in some cases absence) works to create or enhance an atmosphere - be it tense, exciting, frightening, peaceful or otherwise. If there's music where there shouldn't be, no music where there should be, or if the soundtrack/playlist doesn't fit with what's happening on screen, it can affect how the player feels about what he/she is playing entirely.

Try playing Journey with the sound muted and you'll understand what I mean.
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Drazz  +   830d ago
Mirror's Edge would have been a lot less awesome with crap music.
Why o why  +   830d ago
Ill match that mirrors edge and raise you with my shadow of the colossus
darthv72  +   830d ago
in a way...
I can't imagine what Halo would have been like if the music was all futuristic and techno. The orchestral tones really set the mood for the different parts of the game.

Much like can anyone really think of star wars with a different style of music than what we are accustomed to?
Blaze929  +   830d ago
it really depends on the game to be honest. I couldn't have imagine Heavy Rain without the soundtrack it had but instead with generic royalty free tuneage like some games...
Roccetarius  +   830d ago
Heavy Rain had a soundtrack? It must've been forgettable to me then, because i can't remember.

3 Examples that springs to mind, from the same franchise are these:


1) Bioshock - The Ocean On His Shoulders
2) Bioshock 2 - Pairbond
3) Bioshock Infinite - Elizabeth

There's a ton of other soundtracks i like, more so than anything they play in a radio today. Thing is though, that list would be massive. :P
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Drazz  +   830d ago
imagine if mass effect's music sucked....
GodsPerfectK7ng  +   830d ago
Music is very FFFFFNNNN important I would say!!!!
iRocket  +   830d ago
Very. Some of the most amazing moments are crowned by the music. The wonderful scifi/orchestra-soundtrack really makes the game live. Same goes for such games as FTL, where the ambience music creates the "space" feel. Also in Command & Conquer, who can forget the awesome Hell March?

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cervantes99  +   830d ago
Very, very important!

In fact, I'm at work listening to the Doom 64 Soundtrack at my desk. It is so freaking atmospheric.

IronFistChinMi  +   830d ago
I remember back in the Megadrive days, I'd boot up games like Streets of Rage, Revenge of Shinobi and just listen to the tracks via the options menu. Shame this feature has been lost, but I guess with the ascent of orchestras and famous composers being used, publishers would rather sell you the OST.
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Axonometri  +   830d ago
As important as visuals. As important as core mechanics. As important as an human interface.
chrichton649  +   830d ago
In my opinion music is more important than visuals.
with music you can transcend sight and still touch someone.
Axonometri  +   830d ago
Yes, other than the fact they are called Video games. Remember text based games? I, do... We set our own music for environment audio.
chrichton649  +   830d ago
Good music can persuade you to keep on playing a game even while the game play might be a little bad or not exceptional.Music adds quite some punch if the focus lies on story and characters.So very important.
Tzuno  +   830d ago
Oh you have no idea how many emotions the music can trigger.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   830d ago
I could listen to the halo reach soundtrack all day long... so music alone is capable of making me spend more time on a game. Pretty impressive
e-p-ayeaH  +   830d ago
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is looking kickass but not just for the gameplay alone but its soundtrack gives it way more flare probably more than it deserves.
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Roper316  +   830d ago
music really helps set the atmosphere & feeling in a game if done properly.
level 360  +   830d ago
In sim-racing games like GranTurismo or Forza and others, as much as I love music in general I actually turn off the music volume on these type of games so I can concentrate and enjoy the game better.
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aLucidMind  +   830d ago
Music can really bring out the feel and emotion of the game's world. Just pay attention to the music as you stroll around in Assassin's Creed II; then stroll around in AC3 where there is no music at all. You'll get very bored and feel like the environment is more dull in AC3.

Marston's death wouldn't have been anywhere near as impactful to many without all that music to further touch your heart.

Good music is one of many keys to perfecting the world of your game and the moments within that world.

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