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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sound design in computer games

 
If you are unfamiliar with this song, my blog is probably not for you.


Sound design is an important aspect in games. Yet the development of sound design has been minor in the last 25 years (compared to graphics, game logic, computing power etc..). Better speakers are produced, and the game industry uses them.. But rarely dose an a game not work because of your speakers or your sound card (if you even have one). Right now, you could go out, and buy a crap sound card and pair of shitty headphones for 15Euros, and you could probably play ANY game without a problem. In comparison, this does not work with processors, graphics cards, screens…

Furthermore, sound design is often done near the end of a game production. Subsequently, the funding as well as the time is running out. Result being, a lot of sound design is inferior in quality.

Conclusion: Sound design is very important for the immersion of the player into the game world. As soon as there is an atmospheric prototype, the sound designers should start conceptualizing and creating a sound mood that mentally puts the player in the game. Keep this in mind, if you ever make a (even a small one) game. :)

14 comments:

  1. Love your post! I study sound design for about one year now and my dream is to find a job in the game industry. Great post again! :)

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  2. Epic! original tetris theme never gets old ;D

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  3. love this tune, havent heard in ages :D

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  4. you remind me of Quentin Taratino, he would always start with the sounds and music first and build a movie around that. He would always try to base a theme off of the music presented, smart guy.

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  5. tetris sound is just legendar :3

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  6. Sound isn't something that the average person notices too much in games, but it does make a huge difference O:

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  7. Every aspect matters, changing the sound design can make the game have a completely new atmosphere!

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  8. i nostalgiad at the music...

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  9. I totally agree with this. When I went to art school, soundtracks put the finishing touches on all our projects. The result? A much better finished product.

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  10. Love this track! Been a while since ive heard it!

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  11. SOng tracks are the greatest, I have tons of Nintendo tunes on my Ipod. Come check me out, alphabetalife.blogspot.com

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