In my personal opinion a really good game has elements of all three.
First, a good game needs a decent plot, interesting characters, and an
interesting underlying quest otherwise there is nothing to capture the
game's imagination and interest to try the game. Second, the game has to
be fun and challenging enough to maintain and hold the game's interest
in the game. Lastly adding high quality sound effects and music adds to
the games over all ambiance. Good sounds should add a bit of realism to
the virtual world, and good music should set the mood.
I know that you and several others have stated that you really don't
have any big interest in music in games because you turn it off. For me,
though, adding music to a game does a lot to improve the games over all
ambiance and mood. In some cases like the Tomb Raider games there are
plenty of people, myself included, that feel the game's soundtrack is as
important and of interest as the game itself. I've wripped a number of
Tomb Raider music tracks myself and loaded them on my mp3 player for
I know when I create a game I think of it as a sort of interactive
movie. That's probably why FPS apeals to me as it is much more realistic
than other styles of games. Since I think of it as a movie I like to add
drama such as music, cd quality sound effects, and a big movie type
plot. I'd even do cutscenes if i could afford them.
Charles Rivard wrote:
To me, the plot and the way a game is played is more important than how it
sounds, to a point. For example, and this is strictly a personal opinion, a
game can be one of the best games on the market as far as content, but has
lousy sounding music. It doesn't matter to me, because I usually play games
with no music because I like to concentrate more on the game. Then again,
if the sounds of the action or the results of my character manipulation are
not good, it would detract from my enjoyment of the game. If Mota's game
sounds were sounding as though they were being played through a tiny
transistor radio with low batteries or poor reception rather than how they
currently do, I would not like the game nearly as much as I do, even though
it is a great game as it is, and I know it will be even better when
In God we trust!
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