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Emotional Congruence in Video Game Audio

  • Duncan A. H. WilliamsEmail author
  • Peter I. Cowling
  • Damian T. Murphy
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08234-9_199-1

Synonyms

Definition

Video game audio is more challenging in many regards than traditional linear soundtracking. Soundtracking can enhance the emotional impact of gameplay, but in order to preserve immersion, it is important to have an understanding of the mechanisms at work when listeners respond to audio emotionally.

Introduction

Video game soundtracking presents a number of unique challenges in contrast to traditional linear soundtracking (e.g., in television or film). Many solutions are in use to address the most common problem: dynamic soundtrack creation in response to gameplay action, but these often approach the problem from the point of view of, for example, procedural audio techniques (Collins 2009). One of the major reasons to include soundtracking is to enhance the emotional response of the player, for example, to accentuate danger, success, failure, and other elements of gameplay (Berndt 2011). Depending on the type of game, there may be established...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duncan A. H. Williams
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peter I. Cowling
    • 1
  • Damian T. Murphy
    • 2
  1. 1.Digital Creativity Labs, Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK
  2. 2.Department of Electronic EngineeringUniversity of YorkYorkUK