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de_void
10th Oct 2003, 05:16 PM
It is probably just me, but do people actually care about music in levels. I just notice that it is often mentioned a lot in your reveiws, that it would have been good to have had some custom music, etc, etc. To me it doesn't make one scrap of difference. One of the first things I do when setting up a new game is turn the music off. I have never played any game with the music on, ever. I did however listen to the music track for the original Need For Speed on the Platstation way back when, but not in game.

Just curious, thats all.

Rainman
10th Oct 2003, 05:45 PM
It is my opinion that Music adds a great deal to the level's atmosphere. Think of it this way, if you took the music out of a dramatic or scary movie, the movie would be much less dramatic (or scary). It's just a thing that nobody really thinks about it, but secretely we all admire it. Trust me, music is a big part of a level, and while it probably won't make or break a review, it certainly could tip the scale decimal or two. I know a lot of people turn their music off when they play online so they can absorb the audio cues better, and it does help, but levels should not be designed for you to turn the music off. It's all part of the atmosphere.

SkaarjMaster
10th Oct 2003, 10:03 PM
Hehe, it's mostly my fault for wishing that every level had custom or at least non-default UT/UT2003 music. I'm really not a hardcore gamer and like the atmosphere the music creates even though it can at times interfere with the gameplay. Most of those comments are probably from me. :biggrin2:

Rainman
11th Oct 2003, 05:25 AM
don't worry skaarj, in my last review I made it a point to pick out the lack of thoughtful music in the level. Oh well. :-)

de_void
11th Oct 2003, 05:49 AM
Well I tried playing a game or two with the music on, but I'm afraid it doesn't do anything for me. I prefer it off.
I understand the "Scary movie" example you give, but to me there is one big difference. Movies are passive, while, with gaming, it's like your 'in' the movie, playing an active roll. If I was doing battle with some rocket weilding dude in real life, I sure wouldn't be wearing my discman ;)
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not being critical or anything, just curious.
It's good they give us the choice, to have it, or not to have it, that way everyone wins.

lophead
11th Oct 2003, 10:08 AM
I'm of the school that doesn't really mind all that much about the music in levels. I only really notice it if it is particularly bad or doesn't fit. But then I have played some where I did notice the music (in a good way), but mostly Im not too fussed.

Gui
12th Oct 2003, 03:10 PM
I listen to music for SP games only, when the atmosphere really matters... :D

BobTheDog
22nd Apr 2004, 02:24 PM
I like music in my games. I'll agree that it adds more to SP games, but I think I'd loose interest much more quickly if there wasn't music. Keeps ya going in the slow spots ;)

For good examples, see System Shock 2 (PC) and Final Fantasy X (PS2)

Neither one of those games would've been near as good without their music.

SkaarjMaster
23rd Apr 2004, 09:24 AM
OT: I need to get back into SS2 sometime. I had trouble shaking off the zombies/aliens in the beginning, so I lost interest. I think I was pretty intense into UT at the time as well, so I made the obvious choice, hehe.;)

barballs
23rd Apr 2004, 09:49 AM
and the right choice was made! Never played SS2 myself though mates did rattle on about it for a while.

With regards to music I think a good song can really help gameplay, even in tourneys.

Nothing like beating beople down to your favourite (insert genre here) song!

BobTheDog
23rd Apr 2004, 10:18 AM
Yeah. Too bad 2K4 doesn't support formats other than OGG (Right?)

barballs
23rd Apr 2004, 11:09 AM
Oh boy does it! And well too!! :D
just browse to whatever fold your music collection is on (even cd if ya want)
and play it.

So far I know it plays mp3s wmas and oggs

BobTheDog
23rd Apr 2004, 12:54 PM
w00t! Now I can play my OCR database! (www.ocremix.org)

Thanks!