Do you care about Audio Immersion/Do you care about Game Audio

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by chavosaur, Jan 23, 2015.

?

Do you care about Audio Immersion/Do you care about game audio

  1. Yes

    51.7%
  2. No

    6.9%
  3. Sometimes I do, Sometimes I dont, depends on the game.

    41.4%
  4. I just mute everything

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. chavosaur
    OP

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    pip Contributor
    4,786
    8,637
    Mar 11, 2012
    United States
    Huntersville, NC
    I was curious as to how many people will play games using a dedicated headset/gaming headset for audio immersion purposes.

    More specifically, do you play games typically with headphones, or without? Do you feel this effects your immersion?

    I own 3 different pairs of Razer Headphones and REFUSE to play games on console or PC without having a headset. Sound means everything to me in gaming now, and it sucks me into the world when i'm isolated from everything but the audio of the game.

    How do you feel about it?
     


  2. Vipera

    Vipera Banned

    Banned
    1,586
    1,460
    Aug 22, 2013
    United States
    Away from this shithole
    Depends by the game and by what I'm doing. I've been playing games with my headphones on when I want to get as much immersion as I can. That, or listening to the amazing soundtrack of some game. When I don't feel like going into a full-immersion or doing multitasking, I will just use my speakers. When audio isn't required at all (xp farming, item looting) or when I'm out, I just play mute. I'm not going to play L.A. Noire when I'm on the bus. I'm more prone to play games like N+ or Wipeout Pure.
    I also enjoy listening to podcasts/watch stuff while I play. I've been playing a lot of classics with someone I'm having over, but usually if I play a very old game that's not too perfect in the OST department (and if I'm alone) I will listen to podcasts/watch videos. I've been doing this for so much time I became way too good at this kind of multitasking.
     
    chavosaur likes this.
  3. Issac

    Issac I

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,169
    2,134
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    Sweden
    I either use my high quality headphones or my 5.1 speaker system. Sometimes the surround sound make me more immersed, sometimes headphones does.
    Unfortunately I am positioned with my back against a hallway when at my computer, and I have such a need for control that I feel it is really uncomfortable not hearing what's behind me. If someone comes up to me or so. And if I'm alone, I won't hear the phones ringing or if someone knocks on the door.
     
  4. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,154
    8,895
    Nov 21, 2005
    Bad audio is not as fatal for games as it is for video. I do tend to use headphones (plain stereo but half nice) but that is more because I have neighbours and my computer speakers are right next to their wall. On "gaming headsets"... gaming mice are a given, gaming keyboards I can see existing as well (though it is probably more the ranks of dedicated controllers than general gaming use) and I can even see gaming monitor setups, the only time I can see gaming headset exist is when they ship them with the ports/plugs and chips to attach to my consoles. Gaming sound cards.... allow me to laugh even harder.

    Exceptions for things like first person stealth horror, or stealth in general. My consoles I have long fired through a PC or an audio amp that means I can play my choice of music over the top of them. I have hacked a few DS games to play what I want them to play as well.

    I will note it if someone does well, recently I decided to play AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome and they did very well at multiple levels. Voice acting in games I have been trained to expect to be bad, hence most things having the qualifier "for a game".
     
  5. elmoemo

    elmoemo GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    568
    122
    Dec 4, 2012
    Not even slightly, I play with no sound at all at the minute as I play on a smaller TV in the living room lol but want to get a headset to play only they are too expensive at the minute
     
  6. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Member
    5,525
    1,572
    Dec 23, 2009
    Belgium
    Belgium
    I don't care about audio. I game with the cheapest kind of speakers and don't feel like I'm missing anything.

    the funny thing is perhaps that I do have decent headphones, and I even bought myself a midrange speakerset at some point. But while that certainly makes a difference, the former is usually too much of a hassle to set up and the latter required too much desk space than I have*, so the end result is what I use.


    *it's connected to my spare PC right now.
     
  7. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    5,840
    2,658
    Sep 14, 2010
    Netherlands
    I literally always have my headphones plugged into my laptop, whether it's for gaming, watching videos or just listening to music while doing something else. For consoles I have a cheapass 5.1 setup that does its job decently well. Somehow console games on a TV don't feel right without speakers.
     
  8. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,822
    16,489
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    When I think of something that would warrant the term gaming headset, I imagine a pair of decent- to high-quality 5.1 headphones, possibly wireless, with a microphone for voice chat. Nothing else is inherently "gaming"; headphones without a microphone are just headphones, and a crappy headset is made for call centre operators and secretaries, and their use for gaming is purely incidental. The only point in calling either of them specifically "gaming" equipment is so that you can hike the price up by 30% (much like slapping a Hello Kitty sticker on it).

    "Gaming sound cards" are a notion as ridiculous as "gaming drinks" and "gaming snacks".
     
  9. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,154
    8,895
    Nov 21, 2005
    Actually thinking what might do for a gaming sound card has me curious.
    Nothing has even gone anywhere close to it from what I have seen but I reckon a leaf from the graphics card book and giving something an API for doppler*, possibly an API for echo/reverb and probably some kind of hardware decoding (the 360 has something like this for a relative of WMA I believe) might actually do some good. I can not see it happening really -- physx cards were a stretch, though as graphics card swallowed them up and graphics cards do count as audio out by virtue of having HDMI these days (and displayport having such things, and it possibly having spdif). It might even gain a bit of the production market similar to graphics cards as well.

    *I think it was the PC port of Halo that had the option to disable doppler effects.
     
  10. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo Honk!

    pip Contributor
    GBAtemp Patron
    Tom Bombadildo is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    10,364
    10,195
    Jul 11, 2009
    United States
    I forgot
    It depends entirely on the game for me. If the game is very story driven, has a lot of dialogue or cutscenes and such I'll generally play with the audio on. If it doesn't, or if the audio is just repetitive most of the time, I'll mute it and watch stuff while I play the game at the same time.
     
  11. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng A Racist

    Member
    4,210
    1,965
    Aug 15, 2012
    Nigeria
    Under your fucking chair.
    Omg I swear, if a good game which doesn't have a good sountrack it deserves, i'll be bummed out like hell.
    At the same time, if a game has a wonderful soundtrack, it makes everything much much better. So yeah, hell I do care.
    Take ace attorney for an example.
     
  12. Depravo

    Depravo KALSARIKÄNNIT

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Depravo is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,226
    3,449
    Oct 13, 2008
    Purgatory
    You mean I wasted money on these 'gaming' underpants?
     
    Sakitoshi, chavosaur and Jiehfeng like this.
  13. ShinyLatios

    ShinyLatios Local "That Guy"

    Member
    1,055
    415
    Nov 17, 2009
    Netherlands
    I don't have specific headsets/headphones or whatever, but gaming without sounds just feels plain... wrong.
     
  14. emigre

    emigre Has complex motives

    Member
    7,991
    11,538
    Jan 28, 2009
    London
    Yeah. I like plugging in my AKBs into my Duelshock 4. A super awesome feature imo.
     
  15. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,154
    8,895
    Nov 21, 2005
    I do not know about you but my gaming boxers are good for putting on Friday morning and going until Monday morning.
     
  16. Coto

    Coto GBAtemp Addict

    Member
    2,342
    392
    Jun 4, 2010
    Chile
    I do absolutely like hardware (psg/stream) audio to come as clean as possible.

    For that I use FIIO amplifiers + good headphones + L/R composite plugs from most ninty home consoles..

    Dunno if this is just me, but for example, timers on NDS is allowed to replicate most noise (from gb/c) games better (even if done from moonshell as a mp3 file), compared to any PC+ Media Player.
     
  17. The Real Jdbye

    The Real Jdbye Always Remember 30/07/08

    Member
    GBAtemp Patron
    The Real Jdbye is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,397
    4,730
    Mar 17, 2010
    Norway
    Alola
    Music is the most important thing in a game for me, I normally play with headphones or at least good speakers.
     
  18. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,822
    16,489
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    That sounds more like diapers to me.
     
  19. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,154
    8,895
    Nov 21, 2005
    Pah, for those sorts of sessions there is a catheter. Some would have said it would have been less effort to just get this but they are clearly not as into this as I am.
     
  20. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,822
    16,489
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    Is that a tub of butter :wtf: