Submitted by PockyKing 396d ago | opinion piece

How Important Is Gaming Music To You?

OnlySP: The hills are alive with the sound of music over here at OnlySP. We’ve decided to focus this week’s Discussion Points on Video Games Music and how important it is to us as gamers. Joining the discussion are Connor Sears, Matt Bianucci, Eoin Harnett and myself. Let’s get started! (Dark Souls, PC, PS3, Red Dead Redemption, Wii U, Xbox 360)

xHeavYx  +   396d ago
The music is almost as important as the acting. TLOU's guitar music is a great example of how music can help a scene to become more memorable. On the other side, I'm still upset at the choice of music for GTA V
iamnsuperman  +   396d ago
I think the GTA V music was okay (I think the general score isn't something to rave over but it was okay, it did its job, but it could have been a lot better and the radio station music is quite good). I do think they will never live up to what the music was like in Vice City purely because of the era. It was the classics and they are much easier to get licences for. Just an issue of going for a modern day setting.
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JoGam  +   396d ago
Gaming music sets the tone of the game. It sets the mood of the game. Music is super important. If done correctly it gives the right seasoning to a good game ans makes it great. Immagine playing The Last of Us when Joel is sneaking past a guy or groupbof men and the theme song of Beauty and the Beast was playing in the back. It wouldn't give the same vibe even though its the same scene. I love music and I tell people all the time without music earth would be a boring place. Off the top of my head, Flower is a great example of a game that does sounds effects and music done correcy.
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MysticStrummer  +   396d ago
I feel the opposite. I think the general score works great but the radio station music is the weakest of the series.
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serratos27  +   396d ago
The music in Journey is great. It's incorporated perfectly into the gameplay, especially towards the end. Gives it that extra "emotional kick".
3-4-5  +   396d ago
Possibly the most important thing.

It's the one element we don't usually know is effecting us until we think about it after.

The Music is what made your favorite game, your favorite game.

You remember your favorite town or village or spot a lot of the times because of cool visuals or amazing music.
badz149  +   396d ago
I think in-game musics and songs are very important too! thus why I don't get the appeal of in-game custom soundtracks! it takes you away from the experience!
iamnsuperman  +   396d ago
For me the music can make or break a story. Like films, the score is so important as setting the mood and what message they want to portray that is shouldn't be over looked. Some games get the score just right but I do feel it isn't seen as important as it should be in games.
Jughead3416  +   396d ago
I still to this day find myself humming tunes from Symphony of the Night or God of War. Music can be just as memorable and emotional as the story. What if Castlevania had sucky music? Wouldn't be the same.
_LarZen_  +   396d ago
Music and sounds effects set the atmosphere and can make all the difference.
fsfsxii  +   396d ago
Imagine a GT game without dat jazz music
memots  +   396d ago
Music is not as important (to me anyway) as great sound effect and perfect directional sound, ambiance is key.

Real life does not have a sound track while i agree that good music background noise can be effective ( think Hollywood ) I would rather have realistic over dramatic.
AceBlazer13  +   396d ago
Have you ever played a video game on mute or just turning off the music?It makes the game feel empty,dull,boring,dead.Music is like a breath of life in video games,in reality.
memots  +   396d ago
To each is own i guess. That is just my preference. But i like the subtly noise of the environment like in The last of us for example. Makes the immersion way better.

I did mention that in some cases like mentioned below in a game like Zelda its not about the immersion its about the big epic moment and music in these cases are important.
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PockyKing  +   396d ago
Not always, in my opinion. Some games work better without music to carry thing. DayZ? Other survival games?
Ragthorn  +   396d ago
Try playing Halo 1,2, or 3's ending without the music. With the music it made you feel like you were going through some serious sh!t!
memots  +   396d ago
agreed music in Halo was awesome.

But like i said it depend on the game. I like more immersion. But some games Music is quite important.
PrimeGrime  +   395d ago
I wish my life had a soundtrack and this would be the only song I would want to play non stop.

memots  +   395d ago
MNGamer-N  +   396d ago
Music is very important! And if it's really good, hearing it again years later brings back nostalgia and memories of the game. Zelda for instance has some of the best gaming music ever.
SIRHC13  +   396d ago
Halo's original score was half the game for me.
MrDead  +   396d ago
Brutal Legend, the music was the world...... I love that game so much.
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Convas  +   396d ago
Half the reason a game is likely to make an impact on me is because of it's score. The Last of Us, Metal Gear Rising, Halo, Uncharted, and Gears of War are just examples of games who whenever I think about them, I'm also hearing the music from impressive/moving scenes and moments.
andrewsqual  +   396d ago
Very important. Lorne Balfe single handedly destroyed AC3 for me. Thanks Lorne. Fuck up Beyond Two Souls and you a dead man. Better give a good tribute to Normand.
Summons75  +   396d ago
My second most important part. Gameplay and story need to blend perfectly but music does too. They can help create the scene or atmosphere. Just like in a horror film, if you mute the sound the scary atmosphere goes away. Same thing applies with games.
TheOneEyedHound  +   396d ago
It means alot. How did this get approved?

Metal Gear Solid games music is legendary " dan dan dan daann!!! tehedihedi! What a thrill....." Also "Na Na Na Nana NA NA!!!" or "Heres to you!!! Heeeeeres to youuu, friends forever!!!!"

@Tretton they know it's important, unless they'are deff. A real topic would be " is music important? Well some developers think it's getting expensive to get you high quality music" or someother Bs. This? is BS. I could ask anything amd it will get approved "is shooting important?" ,"Are Cars in games important?","Is a good story in a game important", "Just stupid".
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Mr Tretton  +   396d ago
It's asking HOW important, not IF.
Dante81  +   396d ago
I'm partial to 80s/90s VG music.
jc48573  +   396d ago
very important. it sets the mood.
level 360  +   396d ago
As much as I love music as the next guy/gal there is one genre in gaming where I actually turn off music simply to concentrate on what's ahead - and that is **sim-racing and even a couple of good arcade racing games, if it's just fun and games type of racing like Motorstorm and the like I don't mind background music to go with playing the game.

It just comes natural to me to turn off music completely when I'm playing GranTurismo or Forza etc. I prefer listening to the sound emitted by all the vehicles in the game.

Vvrrrooomm, vrrooomm.
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Trago1337  +   396d ago
Music in games is something I make an effort to pay attention to. A lot of it is very imaginative too. It's kinda hard to explain lol.
AceBlazer13  +   396d ago
Music is extremely important.Imagine pokemon without that catchy ass bgm or kingdom hearts without that amazing ass soundtrack.Saw someone up above post a dumbass comment about prefering real life sounds without music in games.He obviously never played a game on mute it makes the game feel just empty.
Saints94  +   396d ago
I don't want Seinfeld's theme sound appearing while in a serious moment.
andrewer  +   396d ago
A very important element, sure to make you remember some parts of the game when you listen to it. For example I sometimes listen do Shadow of The Colossus OST and start remembering the fights. Just awesome.
_QQ_  +   396d ago
Music is above story in a general sense, Because many games are amazing without story, but still need amazing music like Mario Galaxy.Gameplay>Style>Mu sic>Story.
ZeekQuattro  +   396d ago
It means a lot to me. Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong Country, Mega Man & Zelda games have some of the most memorable tunes. I also have fond memories of game franchises such as Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Skies of Arcadia & Grandia II. DKC games seemed to always have the best music on the tougher levels. It helped you forget how many times you had to redo the same level over and over again. lol
BosSSyndrome  +   396d ago
Extremely in most cases, but it does depend on the game. Personally, my absolute favorite game soundtrack is Symphony of the Night. Atmosphere in that game was perfect.
oIITSBIIo  +   396d ago
Not much . I mean if every thing else is good in the game I will play it even without music at all .
TheFutureIsBlue  +   396d ago
Listen to the Demons Souls ost and then ask yourself, =p. I think music is very important. It adds the toppings to the pizza. The God of War theme, Mario theme, etc. can all be related since that is what you think when you think of that character.
Max-Zorin  +   396d ago
To the point where I don't literally have to use my custom music.
Tzunoy  +   395d ago
music in games can change everything. you can actually loose yourself in that game forgetting that you actually play a game and you are on a couch or whatever it can simply suck you in to that world

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