Music’s Forgotten Role in Video Games

Music in videogames is a wonderful entity. As one of the most diverse and precious elements of the industry it plays a big part in making today’s blockbusters the enjoyable immersive experiences they are. But in all honesty, how many of us actually notice its contribution?

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Mr_cheese1513d ago

Music is essential and unfortunately an over looked feature by a lot of gamers. Music can be the difference between an emotional attachment during a key scene.

no_more_heroes1513d ago (Edited 1513d ago )

Oh, trust me, I have not forgotten at all. A game's soundtrack is VERY important to me. Its 1/3 of the experience for me, the other two being story and gameplay. One of the things I actively look forward to when playing a game is what each map/town/environment will sound like.

That's a big reason why I loved Ni No Kuni. Its also a big reason why I didn't hate FFXIII-2 and LR (they just fell down on the story 3rd a bit).

Yusnaan (early afternoon, until 3:00pm):

Yusnaan (from 3:00pm to...around 7:00pm I think it was):

anwe1513d ago

I'm more interested in a games sound effects and atmospheric sounds. One of the first things I do in a game is turn off the music so I can actually hear what's going on.

no_more_heroes1513d ago

That too. I actually meant to include that when I said soundtrack, so saying audio probably would've been better.

mydyingparadiselost1513d ago

I haven't forgotten, it's the sole reason I bought Theatrhythm.
Also, a game like Nier, which pretty much relies on its story and music, just wouldn't be the same without the amazing soundtrack. It's unfortunate that most game music composers don't get the credit they deserve for their contributions to gaming. Without the Yasunori Mitsudas, Nobuo Uematsus and Akira Yamaokas of the world gaming would be far less enjoyable.