Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Music In Games

Game developers spend a lot of time creating their games. Graphics, gameplay, story, characters, sounds and music; everything goes through a painstaking process to make sure that the game experience is consistent and fun for the gamer.  While the feature is not new, I have been hearing more and more lately that many gamers often listen to their own music while playing games (even on the first playthrough), and swear that it doesn’t affect their gaming experience.  This seemed counter-intuitive to me, as I would think I’m missing out on critical cues, or might have more difficulty hearing the sound effects that are often calls to action.  While some systems allow for this integration to occur so you only replace the music soundtrack and not sound, it would still affect things, so I present this week’s question to you:

Do you play games with your own music playing over (or in place of) the game’s original soundtrack?

As always, let us know why you choose what you do.  Do you play through the game the first time with the original soundtrack and the rest of the time with your own? Do you just do multiplayer games with your own music?  Me personally, I always prefer listening to the music included in the game.  I feel like I would be missing out on so much of the game if I substituted my own music over the game’s music.  In movies, music is used to build emotions and create connections, so to take that away seems like it would be taking away part of the game. responds: “Personally, I listen to the game’s music.  It’s more fun for me.”

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think; there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    Very rarely do I ever play my own music while gaming. Games are so sensory immersive anymore that I can not see why people would want to miss out on this. The only times I ever do this are if I am grinding in an old school rpg, or if I were playing a racing game. Otherwise, I listen to what the devs intended me to. I especially don’t listen to my own music while playing Rock Band! lol

  • I always use the games soundtrack.  I used to switch but that was when the ability to switch was brand new so it was more of a gimmick to me.