Design With Music In Mind

Originally published May 29, 2003

There is a growing trend away from detached "linear" scores towards music that is tightly integrated with, and relevant to, game-play. Game designers are learning that music doesn't have to be merely a detached backdrop to the action on screen - it can ebb and flow, adding emotional depth and soul to scenarios and help maintain the suspension of disbelief that is so crucial for players. We now have the ability to craft scores that adapt to what is going on in the game, in real time.

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Guy Whitmore