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Poll: How do you set your gaming music?

How do you set your gaming music?


  • Total voters
    17

BFG10K

Lifer
Aug 14, 2000
21,549
415
126
I was curious to hear about how everyone sets their music while gaming. I've always done 1 but am considering moving to 2.
 

DeathReborn

Platinum Member
Oct 11, 2005
2,112
95
91
Pretty much always off, exception being Carmageddon as the music really adds to the mayhem. The main reason is I got so fed up of the music spoiling the game (music changes, then bad guy appears...), something that I doubt has changed.
 

OCNewbie

Diamond Member
Jul 18, 2000
7,585
22
81
Often I don't even mess with it. Playing Minecraft I sometimes leave it on (at a lower than default volume), or turn it off completely. Depends on the pack I'm playing it seems.
 

nakedfrog

Lifer
Apr 3, 2001
49,046
2,075
126
I usually don't touch it, but sometimes I turn it down.
I did turn it completely off for OlliOlli2, because I absolutely hated the music, and just turned on my own music in the background.
 

Stg-Flame

Platinum Member
Mar 10, 2007
2,623
180
106
The music is usually half of the atmosphere. I can't count how many games had outstanding soundtracks, so I'll never understand how people will play with gaming music off or just blaring external music over the game music.
 

Zenoth

Diamond Member
Jan 29, 2005
5,012
76
91
Voted #4.

It's variable. It depends if I like the soundtrack or not, to start with. If it's good, I usually leave it on, but the volume will usually not be turned all the way up to max. Even if I love the soundtrack I'll usually keep it at maybe half volume since I do prefer to hear the rest of the game's audio in priority over the music. But there's been some exceptions to that 'rule'. In cases where the "music" is actually more of an ambient soundtrack and isn't too melodic then I can in those specific cases just leave it on at full volume if it doesn't bother me much.

I've done that for a few games such as STALKER (the first one) and both Borderlands 1 and 2. However, even in those cases sometimes the music will be dymanic and based on what's happening (I.E. exploration music, or combat music) such as the soundtrack of the Elder Scrolls games. That's where mods come into play, where I would leave the exploration / outdoor music play at around full volume most of the time, but would mod the game in order for the combat music to be turned almost all the way down or simply turned off (or specific combat tracks to be removed, but keeping some at half volume).

Now, in cases where I like the game but don't like the music much I'll usually just turn it off and play something else in the background from the desktop apps, or I'll just plain and simple play without music at all. I've done exactly just that for Diablo 3 for the majority of the years I've played it. I don't "hate" D3's OST, but I simply don't like it enough to keep it on all the time. I've heard it play a couple of times and it was enough (D2's OST was a completely different story though; kept it on all the time at near max volume).

So yeah it's variable and pretty much a per-title case by case scenario.
 

EXCellR8

Diamond Member
Sep 1, 2010
3,508
600
126
I just set it lower than FX and dialogue. So like:

Master = 100%
Dialogue = 90%
Effects = 80%
Music = 70%
etc.

something like that. voted 2
 

clamum

Lifer
Feb 13, 2003
26,016
351
126
Usually I set it at 0%/off but semi recently I guess I've just set it low, like 20%. But more often it's still off. I just can hear dialog and game sounds better this way.

I also always have captions on (with TV/movies as well) cause I can miss what was said if dialog is super quiet (which it frustratingly seems to be so many times).
 

GodisanAtheist

Golden Member
Nov 16, 2006
1,896
418
136
It really depends.

For most narrative driven games, I'll leave the settings alone and enjoy the game as it was meant to be played.

Othertimes, if it's my nth playthrough of a game or it's a sim game that I'm playing while watching Netflix or blasting my playlist then the game music or all game sounds go off. I don't need the music to enjoy a run through Civilization or Simcity or something.
 

Craig234

Lifer
May 1, 2006
37,933
228
106
I usually just listen to it at the intended level. If I don' t like it I turn it off.
 

Igo69

Senior member
Apr 26, 2015
398
18
81
Voted 1 and 2...
Mostly off. Most music in games sucks and ruins the atmosphere. Very few games has nice music and still i turn it on low
 

DigDog

Lifer
Jun 3, 2011
10,616
726
126
im getting old - i actually have a teeny tiny bit of music in the background.
 

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