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HTML5 Games: Novice to Ninja by Earle Castledine

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Level 7: Audio

The human brain is so easily manipulated and enchanted by sound. Great audio has played a starring role in every influential game ever. We all have fond memories of our favorite game’s theme tunes and sound effects. Audio can make or break a game. I’ll say it 100 times in this chapter, until you believe me: audio IS NOT optional. It can’t be left until the end, and it can’t be an afterthought. It must be planned and developed along with the rest of your assets, in order to achieve your artistic vision.

The good news is that, because messing around with music and sound effects has such a dramatic impact, it’s extremely rewarding to experiment with. Even some quick-and-dirty sound effects can add real “pop” to your games and prototypes—and ...

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