The term “video game” means an electronic game which involves direct interaction with a user and generates visual output on any visual device. The systems used to play video games are called platforms. Examples of platforms are personal computers and video gaming consoles like Play Station, X-Box, etc.
Video games use a variety of ways to make the game interesting for the user and to provide the user with information. This is where audio steps in.
The easiest way to make a game interesting is adding excellent sound effects to it. Almost all the modern video games come with attractive sound effects. Hence, sound effects are extremely important in the production of video games.
Usage of sound effects in video games:
The basics involved with the sound effects of modern video games are very similar to those of films. Generally, the sound effects part of a video game project involves 2 jobs. Firstly, the required sound must selected. This may be done by recording a new sound or selecting available sounds from a library. After that, a sound engine should be programmed in such a way that, the sounds could be included in the game’s environment.Sound effects are extremely important in the production of video game. The easiest way to make a game interesting, other than using good quality excellent sound effects.
In the video gaming systems and computers of the yesteryears, sound effects were generally produced with the help of sound synthesis. However, in modern day videogame systems, the increase in quality of playback and in storage capacity has permitted the use of sampled sound. The modern day systems often use positional audio, accompanying hardware acceleration, and audio post-processing, which could also be attached to the development of 3D graphics. Depending on the inner nature of the video game, various calculations can be made. This may permit echoes, realistic dampening of sound and Doppler Effect.
In the earlier days, the modest environments of games reduced the need of a huge amount of sounds. Hence, only one and sometimes two people were needed to monitor sound recording and reproduction. Over the years, the video game industry has gone on to become one of the biggest industries in the world. Gaming giants like Electronic Arts, Sega, Codemasters, Nintendo, etc have taken the global market by storm. Because of the sense of competition, the need of sound designers has increased eightfold. The demands put on them sometimes reach those of medium-budget films.