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How important is music in a game?

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  • WW4BWWW4BW KoldingPosts: 493Member

     It certainly helps to draw you in and set the mood.. Even if almost everyone turns it off eventually, it helps to create a feeling.

     I loved the music in EvE and in other games, but once I got into the game I would rather listen to web radio or I would go without for voice coms.

     So even if it will eventually become repetitive, it can be really important when we first try a game.

  • LatronusLatronus Lexington Park, MDPosts: 692Member
    I tend to tune out any music as the game goes on.  I notice it as I'm logging in or crafting but if it's good it can set the mood and make for a better gaming experience if its good, and if not... well at least it can be turned off or down far enough not to notice.

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  • Keitaro333Keitaro333 Dunajska LuznaPosts: 36Member
    Originally posted by Ralstlin

    I dont know other games, but Final Fantasy music is for me one of the best of this genre:

     

    http://www.ie10.ffxiv.com/ an example form Internet Explorer 10 website

     

    Is just like a Fantasy movie OST

    That music is great. If its representative of the actual game music then i very much look forward to it.

    Im glad they have more composers working on FFXIV ARR. As much as i love Nobuo Uematsu, hes a bit too old school production-wise. This music sounds like it has better quality sampled instruments than what Nobuo usually uses.

    And of course quantity and variability is always great to have in a game like this where you spend alot of time.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,451Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Keitaro333
    Originally posted by Ralstlin

    I dont know other games, but Final Fantasy music is for me one of the best of this genre:

     

    http://www.ie10.ffxiv.com/ an example form Internet Explorer 10 website

     

    Is just like a Fantasy movie OST

    That music is great. If its representative of the actual game music then i very much look forward to it.

    Im glad they have more composers working on FFXIV ARR. As much as i love Nobuo Uematsu, hes a bit too old school production-wise. This music sounds like it has better quality sampled instruments than what Nobuo usually uses.

    And of course quantity and variability is always great to have in a game like this where you spend alot of time.

    I would actually say that isn't good music. Not saying one shouldn't like or love it.

    My i-pod is filled with "not good music" that I love.

    but it might be "good game music".

    Take away the orchestration, the percussion, etc. and put it down to the bare bones musical materials.  There are a lot of short repeated musical bits that are then repeated an interval higher only to repeat it again ad nauseum. As a matter of fact the entire piece is built around this idea of a small idea repeated, put it up a step or so and then throwing in what seems to be a new bit of material only to do the same thing.

    essentially a short musical cell of two quarter notes, a dotted eight to a sixteenth and a quarter note. It's a one measure musical motif.

     

    There also seems to be a second musical cell (motive?) which is also repeated with a dotted quater, two sixteenths and two quarters:

    There's not much development of what appears to be the main musical motifs and just a lot of repeated small bits at different intervals coupled with a lot of nice sounding "musical tissue".

    However, I would say it very well might be good or great "game music" (or even film music for that matter) because of how it is put together. It is suggestive of a tone, something that is grand but it seems constructed to support what is going on more than be a main attraction. Which is how film music is supposed to be. It's supposed to augment what is going on in front of you and not detract.

    In any case that is just a quick impression.

    edit: I might also add that this is remininscent of a "march" and therefore we arent' going to be looking for any really "out there" rythms or complex musical ideas. Having said that, a good example of a march might be from "the march king" John Phillip Sousa.

    I wouldnt' say this particular Final Fantasy is inspired by this piece but certain bits come from this "family" of music:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgABUZ4i9co (go to 49)

    The FF music also seems to come from the "John Williams" school as far as some of the musical tissue that is used.

     

     

     

  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member

    I find music very important....in single player games.

    In MMORPGs music can be good to set the intitial mood and draw you in but eventually because MMORPGs are played in alotements of days,months and if your really hooked years not hours ,I get tired of the in game music switch it off and listne to my own playlists.

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