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Asuccessful video game score will fulfill each of the six conventional music scoring functions outlined in Chapter 1. It will set the mood, heighten emotion, propel the action, provide contextual clues, enhance the aesthetic and contribute to structural unity. Additionally, a video game score must also effectively address the unique game-centric challenges of score flexibility, scale and game function. This chapter presents an exploration of these challenges and a foundational discussion of principles for effectively addressing each.


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