Audible Atmosphere

An opinion column via that details the value of soundtracks in games, not just as a mechanism for alerting the player to approaching dangers but also to set the mood and get the player in the right frame of mind for the game.

Quote: "I take a moment to gather my thoughts. I put the gramophone on, and the voice of Bobby Darin fills the old saloon. My heart rate finally drops again. I know that, for a moment, I am safe. I check my supplies. I have a bad feeling about the next chamber. Sure enough, as I leave the relaxing strains behind me, I hear the heavy movement of a Big Daddy. And suddenly the jazzy strains are eerie, faintly echoing from the previous room. Ahead is silence. Silence and a very big, very angry thing."

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