Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.1

Reverse engineering complex systems often reveals simpler component parts under the hood. For instance, at machine level, even the most sophisticated programming code is written with only two digits, 1s and 0s. The binary equivalents in game scoring include such modest but essential techniques as music loops, transitions, tags and stingers. This chapter will introduce students to the mechanics of these and other core music scoring techniques for video games.


Consider for a moment a toy construction set for children. Lego, Tinkertoys, K’Nex—each of these toy building blocks can be an instructive model for understanding how ...

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