DJs Look at Music in Gaming

June 25, 2018 by Mobile Beat

As DJs, we’re always thinking about how music can make people feel. Likewise, from movies to games, music can seriously alter the way that we feel when we experience this content. We’re here to explore what this does within our favorite media.

Music and Gaming: Where Did It All Begin?

Early games didn’t have any music at all, as it seemed like an additional strain on the system that just wasn’t warranted. Soon, however, rudimentary sound effects were added to enhance games. Just as graphics have come a long way from those earliest days of video games, these sound effects were incredibly basic too. 

These didn’t have the capacity to create rich sounds like the consoles and speakers that we have today. This means that the sound effects that were created were simple bleeps, which would correspond with the simple graphics on the screen. Even in these really early days, this had a massive impact on the user experience and brought them further into the game. 

Some of the most successful games have had a distinctly recognizable musical themes. From Super Mario Bros to The Legend of Zelda, many of these are still being used to this day. With better tech, the developers have kept the essence of these tunes but built upon them with grander soundscapes. 

Going More In-Depth 

Music is now used in video games to great effect. From creating a tense atmosphere in a horror game, to tugging on the player’s heartstrings, it’s clear to see this enhances the experience. This is being replicated and experimented with exponentially. 

This started off in the mainstream gaming industry and grew outwards to online games too. The creators of Fluffy Favourites have created a cohesive design, with fluffy characters and a light soundtrack. More of their online casino players seem to enjoy the game with the sound on, as they become more immersed in the world of the game. 

This immersive world is being enhanced on a regular basis. If we look at the likes of Death Stranding, we can see how game developers are expanding on what we expect from our games. The creepy, discordant music seriously enhanced the feeling of the trailer and we can’t wait to see what they do with the full game. 

Entirely music-based games, like Guitar Hero, have also created a genre of their own, combining the enjoyment of well-known music with the excitement of game play. These games have been growing in popularity too, with new twists placed on the same formula. DJ based games have also been booming, as we all want a chance to play on the decks in front of a massive crowd.

Overall, it’s clear to see that music has a big role to play in the games that we enjoy, with this relationship growing in the long term. It’s exciting to think of just how many ways this could be used in future. 

Filed Under: Sound Engineering for Mobile DJs