Faculty Advisor

Manzo, V J

Abstract

Through decades of evolution of video games industry, the audio element has become an inseparable part of the video game experience. However, for different game genres, the literature is still sparse regarding how background music (BGM) fits a game well in terms of being compatible and reciprocal. This report explores the function of game music and what makes the BGM an irreplaceable part of the gameplay experience. To achieve our goal, an experiment was prepared to evaluate how BGM influences people’s perceptions toward the game. By providing video game clips with switched BGM to subjects and surveying their perceptions and feelings of consistency between the clips and BGM, we were able to gain insight into how music may affect people’s gameplay experience.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2018

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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