Had a bit of a discussion today, sparked an idea for a blog post. HERE YOU GO.
A friend of mine, who occasionally games, never listens to the game’s sounds and/or music. My first reaction: “WHAAAAAAAAAT”.
Okay, he’s more of a social gamer, I guess. He usually plays multiplayer while Skyping with the people he’s playing with. Okay, understandable that you turned the game’s sound down then (even though I’d advice to leave it on a low volume, but we’ll sort of get to that later).
He sometimes plays alone, or without Skype, too. Even then, he turns down the game’s music and puts on his own. What the balls?
Imagine this: you’re playing an RPG, and your best friend just died a horrible death. Your lamenting over the death of your soulmate, while this plays in the background:
Not very… fitting, now is it? Actually, it kind of ruins the moment.
One of the arguments I got thrown at me was that the game’s music can and will become irritating very quickly.
If you’re playing a poorly made game that consists of one stage with constantly the same soundtrack and terrible sound effects, then yes, if does get annoying. Thing is, he doesn’t play those kind of games (I think). He plays decent to good games. Any decent game has at least a decent soundtrack that varies per stage, or shuffles through some songs if it’s a single-stage game or whatever.
Especially in those moments of action or sadness, the soundtrack is really important. It adds to the feel of the scene. It’s kind of make it or break it thing, if you get what I mean.
Not only that, but sound effects can be really important, too. To give you an indication on how you’re doing or something, or wether you’ve successfully hit an enemy or not. Or even to just give it a more realistic feel (it’d make no sense for there not to be a loud bang when an explosion occurs). Hell, they weren’t put in there for nothing, so you might as well listen to them.
Hmm, looks like I’ve rambled on quite a bit. Too long; didn’t read: you miss a big part of the gaming experience if you don’t listen to the music and sounds.
Person in question, if you’re reading this, don’t feel offended. NO HARD FEELINGS BRO.
(Though you did put Touhou in the same category as normal vertical 2D shooters, which is really kind of unacceptable.)
Have a nice day, all!