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The Complete Guide to Game Audio, 2nd Edition by Aaron Marks

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Chapter Nine

Creating Sound Effects for Games

Sound effects are an integral part of any game—equal in importance to artwork, music, and gameplay. Good sound effects create an impact which rounds out the entire gaming experience and without them, that experience would suffer. They are designed to completely absorb the player into a virtual world, making it believable, entertaining, and satisfying all at the same time. Continuous ambient sounds keep the player from being distracted by the “real” world, ensuring game silence doesn’t ruin the immersive effect of a game. Foley sounds ensure believability. Action effects provide guttural satisfaction.

In this chapter, I won’t pursue the psychological aspects of sound and its effect on the human psyche. ...

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