There comes a time in every game development process where one will start to think about the music. Can you create the soundtrack yourself? Should you try to find some royalty free music to use? Should you hire a composer? There are many options available to you, but which way should you go!?

There are many reasons why I believe that spending time and money on getting quality music for your game is an excellent step forwards but you will need to decide this for yourself. If you are looking for someone to work with on your game music – why not find me at Ninichimusic.com. I’m a game music composer and would love to help!

To get you started, however, here are 5 key reasons why it’s a good idea to take this seriously and to really invest in getting some great game music…

1. Create the Right Mood

Getting the right type of music playing at the right time in a game can be really powerful. Music is often the main element in a game that really sets the scene and contributes to the mood of any game. If you don’t choose your music carefully, you will be missing a trick and an opportunity to really engage with those playing your game.

2. Make your game stand out

By creating a unique and stunning game music soundtrack, you can really make your game stand out above the rest. Memorable tunes stick in people’s minds and have a life beyond the basic game and gameplay.

3. Be a pro and get taken seriously

Have you ever come across a great, professional looking game that has really bad game music? If so – you are incredibly unlucky and hopefully you’d agree that this isn’t the norm. Most great games will give serious thought to what music to have playing across the different parts of the gameplay.  Make your game appear professional from all angles.

4. Immerse people in your world

As well as creating the feelings and mood in a game, the music is what connects us to the game-world. It can be that one thing that helps to complete and create a truly immersive experience. Through the music you can feel like you are really there since music affects us in ways that visual cues cannot.

5. Have your own Theme tune

Make your game that bit more memorable by creating your own catchy theme tune. Theme tunes often stand-alone as great pieces of music and so if you’ve invested in a great soundtrack, people will come to appreciate that and associate that theme song with your game.

Hopefully these points have given you some things to think about. The music in a game is an essential part to it. It completes the whole gaming experience but can be challenging to get right. If you’d like some help with your game music, find me at ninichimusic.com.

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This article was originally published and brought to you on Ninichi’s blog, which is part of Ninichi’s game music website and offers insight & advice around game music, indie games, films & gaming channels, as well as the opportunity to work with Ninichi (composer for games, film & media).