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In a sprawling role-playing epic like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, good audio can make or break the experience. An out-of-place musical theme, a poor voice actor in a key role, or a goofy sound effect can ruin the immersion, pulling players out of the excitement of the game. At the same time, strong audio work can help a game soar, deepening every level of involvement in the world of the game. We talked with Mark Lampert, audio director and sound designer at Bethesda Game Studios, and the chief architect of the aural experience players will encounter in Skyrim. He revealed details on all the sound elements players will encounter in the game, and had some fascinating examples of his work to share. Jump to any or all of the four videos that sound interesting. Video 1: Lampert discusses sound design and sound effects of Skyrim, and how he collects the elements of those sounds in the field. He then reveals the sound effects behind a new creature in Skyrim, and shows off a new spell and the awesome sounds that accompany its casting.
Video 3: Skyrim's sound designer explains the challenges of creating audio for the dragons of Skyrim, and discusses how he will create dragon shouts, one of the new gameplay mechanics of Skyrim.
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love all the video stuff you guys did. keep up the good work.
Yes! 11.11.11 please come soon... :D
Serious props to Mark Lampert! I hope everybody realizes what a big difference the sound in a game makes.. I hate playing games where I would rather turn the sound off and play my own songs in the background. Oblivion was epic and the sound helped to create that feeling. I can't wait to get my hands on Skyrim!
they make the best sound for the elder scrolls i wish i could get my hands on the magazine it still hasn't arrived yet
i wonder if they've considered having Christopher Lee try out for the dragon voice-over.Or maybe even Michael Gough.They both are really great voice actors.
I think it's really cool to learn how all the little things in the game are made. You don't really think about the magic effects or the environmental sounds when you're playing.
Wow that's pretty cool. I'm gonna try and pay attention to sound affects in some of the games I'm playing, see If I can figure out what it is.
I was also a little shocked at how nice the sounds from his field collection sounded.
Dude, that last one with just the choir singing should be a moment of its own. Awesome work GI, can't wait to see the rest of this months hub updates.
So there are Dwemer in Skyrim. I knew it!
Skyrim's theme did give me chills. The game is going to be epic.
Pretty interesting stuff.