What feature makes a good video game amazing?
Is it the constantly shocking storyline? The vulnerable yet heroic protagonist? The unbelievably realistic scenery?
While all those features are definitely valuable, there is one thing most people tend to hardly notice at all even though it can be the deciding X-factor that either makes or breaks a game.
I think music is a major necessity for any form of entertainment, but if an awesome video game lacks an appropriately brilliant soundtrack, it just doesn’t work.
Video games today are just oozing with amazing melodies.
If you’re visiting a rural village in order to recruit a new sidekick, there’s soothing song in the background to make your stay more pleasurable.
If you’re fighting the ultimate villain who’s only wish is to stomp you dead, there’s definitely an exciting tune swelling that inspires you to fight on despite the hardship.
I believe the main reason background music goes unnoticed is because it’s usually instrumental.
No scrambled lyrics or screaming vocals, just music.
But the incredible beauty of music is that it can portray so much without ever saying a word.
Some the most meaningful songs ever composed never said a word, the instruments did all the speaking.
For most people, music probably doesn’t seem that important.
But here’s an exercise that will show you its true influence.
Play your video game on mute.
Seriously, do it! And I guarantee that within five minutes your ears will be craving sound.
So the next time you’re playing a video game, take time to notice what you’re not noticing.
Music is often the most powerful voice of all.
And any video game or that hopes to be successful had better embrace that voice.