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The Music of Gaming: From Simple Beats to Realistic Sounds

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.47 AMBy Mike Gendel.

While music was once a minor consideration for console gamers, it is now a serious component that influences consumers and drives decisions. While this may sound strange, it is a testament to just how far technological advancement and musical culture has influenced modern designers and contributed to the wider gaming experience. While it is hard to cite a single reason why music and sound effects have emerged as such central gaming features, these two factors have undoubtedly played a central role in this evolution.

When video games first emerged in their original format, they featured extremely simplistic and restricted musical compositions. The reason for this was simple: composers and writers were forced to work within the restrictions of a sixteen-note format, which was capable of delivering little more than a catchy and relatively memorable tune. Titles such as the 1970’s effort Pacman embodied this trend, as while its theme music was structured by a memorable beat it could have been developed much further with greater technology and emphasis.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 1.32.34 AMThe truth is that numerous composition restrictions, a lack of advanced software and a failure to prioritise the quality of music led to the creation of limited soundtracks for early video games. This has changed considerably in recent times; however, thanks primarily to the development of software and significant improvements in the way in which audio files are stored, processed and shared. Now that it is possible to store sound digitally and transfer it without compromising on quality, writers can create more complex compositions that enhance individual games and platforms. 

The way in which audio files are processed has also improved the quality of sound effects across gaming formats, particularly those associating with online gambling and casinos. Platforms such as Euro casino games provide a relevant case in point, as they feature a variety of slot and poker variations that have been significantly enhanced by the use of realistic sound effects.

The prevalence of musical culture is also a key consideration, especially when you consider how leading brands within multiple markets continue to use music as a way of communicating with specific target demographics. Game designers have been wise to tap into this trend, particularly when marketing titles at young gamers for whom music and pop culture is a central point of reference in their lives.

With these factors in mind, it easy to see how sound and music has emerged as a key part of the gaming experience. As technology continues to evolve further, this is likely to become an even more prominent trend.



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