Thursday, February 2, 2017

2 Feb 2017 Notes


Game Sound: An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music and Sound Design Quotes

"Unlike the consumption of many other forms of media in which the audience is a more passive "receiver" of a sound signal, game players play an active role in the triggering of sound events in the game." (Collins, 2008, loc.86)

- Dialogue
-Ambient sounds
- Sound effects
- Musical events

The interactivity between the medium and the user sets the difference between video games and other forms of media.

Collins' terminology on game audio

- Interactive Audio
- Adaptive Audio
- Dynamic Audio

Meaning of interactive audio

"Refers to those sound events that react to the player's direct input." (Collins, 2008, loc. 94)

- Gunshots
- Footsteps

Meaning of adaptive audio

"Sounds that react to the game states, responding to various in-game parameters such as time-ins, time-outs, player health, enemy health, and so on." (Collins, 2008, loc. 98)

Meaning of dynamic audio

"Reacts both to changes in the gameplay environment, and/or to actions taken by the player." (Collins, 2008, loc. 98)

Similarity between games and films:

"Games often contain what are called cinematics, full motion video (FMV), or non interactive sequences, which are linear animated clips inside the game in which the player has no control or participation." (Collins, 2008, loc. 109)

Other notes:

"Sound was a key factor in generating the feeling of success." (Collins, 2008, loc. 151)

It creates the illusion that the player has win the game.

"Sounds were not an aesthetic decision, but were a direct result of the limited capabilities of the technology of the time." (Collins, 2008, loc. 167)

In other words, different era produced different sound effects, texture and quality.

1-2-2017 SMIG

Ludic audio functions (also known as the I.N.F.O.R.M Model):

- Instructions
- Notification
- Feedback
- Orientation
- Rhythm Action
- Mechanics

This is to have greater understanding of what need to be heard and why the audio is mixed in the game.

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