How music drives the online gaming experience

Many elements combine to provide the perfect online gaming experience. While you are most likely to point at the graphics and the gameplay first of all, it would be folly to not consider the important part played by the accompanying music. It plays a vital role in adding to the gaming experience by setting the tone and mood of the scene or enhancing a key plot point as it might in a movie.

Regardless of whether you are exploring Skyrim, facing off against Manchester City in FIFA, or weighing up a bet in an online casino, the soundtrack accompanying the game can complete the overall experience.

1.  It sets the tone and mood

As touched on above, music can go a long way to setting the mood of a game. The best soundtrack can help immerse players in the game, whether it be a virtual world where a heroic theme can make you feel like a legendary hero of old. By contrast, a claustrophobic horror game can use fast-paced or discordant music to keep you on edge and add to the jump scares caused by strategically placed sound effects. In short, music acts as an emotional cue influencing your experience in the environment created by the game developers.

2. Adding weight to a plot

Many of the latest generation of games have a strong storyline that carries you through several hours of immersive gameplay. In situations like this, music can add weight to storylines in the same way as it might in an equally epic movie. It can help make you aware of key developments and reveals and help set the mood in moments of tension and emotional scenes. Effective use of a soundtrack at moments like this can make events more impactful than they would otherwise be without it, as long as the music chosen fits the theme and genre of the game.

3. Add atmosphere to a night at an online casino

This is equally important in other types of online games like those you can play at an online casino. Each slot, whether a jackpot or Megaways title, will have its own soundtrack to fit the game. For instance, one set in ancient Egypt will have a different theme to the hard rock background music used for the Ozzy Osbourne slot. This extends to the online blackjack tables where music needs to set a Vegas-style mood. This can add to a player’s experience, which high-quality graphics or even live dealers already help for a more authentic feel. The same goes for the other table games you are likely to find at one of the online casinos available to your region, where you will also be likely to indulge in roulette, baccarat, and video poker.

Final thoughts

Music plays a large part in the online gaming experience so should never be overlooked. It is a key element that sets the tone and mood and can help you feel like you are part of the game. In fact, the right soundtrack can make a hero seem more heroic, make a haunted house scarier, or put you right on the floor of a casino where a blackjack dealer awaits you.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com