So this is a topic that comes up once in a while between my RL friends and I.

Can bad music ruin and otherwise good game for you?

We seem to be torn on this. Me and one friend say absolutely, while the other two that no it can't.

I'm of the belief that just because a game can be good, god AWFUL music can make it unplayable. Ans yes, we do know that some games have a music volume slider while most don't.

So, can I get some other opinions on this?

1 month ago*

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Can bad music ruin a game for you?

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Well, not exactly. I guess for me it's more like the lack of good music can make a game... unmemorable.
As in, if I remember an awesome theme from a game, I can instantly get the same feeling I had when it played during the game. But if there were no awesome themes... then after a while there's nothing to really remind me of the game.

1 month ago
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No. Even if there's no option to turn down the music I can always turn down the volume itself, or more accurately take off the headphones, since I usually play that way to get immersed.
It normally takes a while for music to get on my nerves anyway, I managed to enjoy Brutal Legend despite me not liking (as in generally avoiding whenever possible) metal.

1 month ago
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Music can't, as long as I can mute it, but bad sound effects can,

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Depends on the game genre. Some games feel wrong without music, but in most cases when the music is bad, it's bad along with everything else in the game. The only games that I remember being good but having music I really disliked would be Civilization series and Rocket League, and both are playable with music off.

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I just mute the game and put on my own; whether I want VGM or commercial music, I have more than enough of either. Sure, you lose sound effects with a full mute, but I don't usually find those to be so noteworthy that I can't do without them. I don't often find this to be a problem, though; most games these days have bland, orchestral soundtracks that I don't even notice, unless they do something goofy or bombastic.

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just turn it off and play your own lmao(one example: CP2077-played with music off all the time)

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So many mute their games... I play games as they are intended, with their music and sound effects. I would have never guessed to do it some other way, if there is something bothering me I just lower the volume.
Don't you lose the immersion, the feeling of the game without the music?

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I can temporarily mute a game in two cases: if it's a logic puzzle and I need concentration (usually it's just for several levels, then I unmute it) or if it's a JRPG and I need to spend quite a long time in a shop, or crafting items, or (less often) grinding in some location longer than usual. Also, there's a third case when I can mute a game at some point (after 2-3 hours) until the end: some cheap logic puzzle game with more or less good gameplay, but with only a handful of similar music tracks >< I can imagine that instead of "cheap puzzle" it can be any other "cheap (insert any genre)" game. I'm not saying all cheap games have a bad soundtrack, but some are.. yes

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Thank you for your insight, that sounds reasonable. ;)

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I play with music on low or off.
There is no point playing music on survival games and games that enemies can creep on you.

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I'll sometimes play a bad game specifically because it has a good soundtrack, and sometimes avoid a good game with a bad soundtrack.
Music is one of the most important aspects of games to me.

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Probably. However, I can't think of a game that has.

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Just imagine what the world would've been like if Doom had a shitty soundtrack

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Good game, bad music, bad game.

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The music is part of the experience. I don't think many games have terrible audio. If it's not good, it's usually passable. The bigger issues are other aspects of sound design such as poor balance or repetitive annoying sound effects. Typically, a lot of games put sound design fairly high on the importance and a lot of games have great soundtracks. A lot do fall into the passable to okay area and only a few are terrible.

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I usually play with music+SE but can just mute the sounds if it bothers me. Ofc good music or SE can make a game even better but it's not a deal-breaker if the sound was crappy with great gameplay.

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Hotline Miami, Katana Zero, My Friend is Pedro, Streets of Rage 4 - if you remove music from them, will they be so good? maybe, but
music is part of games. Music is your only friend until the end. Just watch this video and tell me why music is not important? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRt8vT4nh8w

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Sometimes? I mean, good music brings out more of a game, but even if the game has bad music, you can always turn it off and play your own. It might not be the music that the developer intended, but as long as you enjoy the game more with it, why not?

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It can, but for me it's very rare. The one I immediately think of is Rebel Galaxy... holy crap I had to shut that thing down right away. Muted it, gave the game a try but ended up not liking it.

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I dont like playing without music or listening to like my own music, I want to be fully in game, immersed and if music is super bad, then yeah it can def ruin game for me, but tbh I didn't find game with music that would make me stop playing, for me there are 2 types of music, one where music is just nothing special but not bad, its just I dont notice it I play game without paying much attention to music (still thats not bad music just nothing special), or its masterpeace and then I notice it and I love it.

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Of course, bad chosen music can.
When the bad music drops constantly, it destroys my squeezed delight from the story and, in general, fun experience.
It's a big distraction for me, too. I can no longer feel the atmosphere, neither peace, then, so the game makes less sense for me also.
I get sick listening to bad music in video games. Likewise, I kind of feel like I am listening to Spotify in the background, having the game, by the way, completely muted.
Not only that, but I've adored beloved plenty of games in my entire life, and I can't imagine them with lousy music. Even if they have a great way of being, bad music ruins much.
In conclusion, I would like to add, e.g., a good game with poorly music vibes is, in my opinion, 'Fallout: New Vegas' and its radio.

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YES...DEFINITELY

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I voted no because I can't think of a happening case.
I guess a game from which ambiance is the main (if not only) interest would definitely become unplayable if the music is bad.
However those games aren't really my cup of tea so as I said, I never experienced such situation.

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Maybe but I can't think of a single game where that would be the case.

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If the game is good, I think I can ignore it, or disable it.

The other way around thou... I think I've lost count on how many games I've played, only for the music. Good and bad games

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Only games that have bad enough music to get this sort of reaction are already terrible games to begin with.

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