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Game Engine Architecture, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by Jason Gregory

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13Audio

If you’ve ever watched a horror film with your speakers muted, you know just how important audio is to immersiveness. (If not, try it! It’s a real ear-opener.) Be it a film or a video game, sound can quite literally make the difference between a gripping, emotional, unforgettable multimedia experience and a lackluster yawnfest.

Modern games immerse the player in a realistic (or a semi-realistic but stylized) virtual environment. The graphics engine is charged with the task of reproducing as accurately and believably as possible what the player would actually see, if he or she were present within this virtual environment (while remaining true to the art style of the game). In exactly the same sense, the audio engine is charged with the ...

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