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Karen Collins

Video game music is distinct from music in most other media forms in that when composed well (according to the standards of the game community), the music is dynamic; that is, responsive to game events and player actions. This can mean, for instance, that various parameters of the music (such as tempo, key, and instrumentation), or sequences or sections of music, are altered based in real time on what is happening in the game. For example, a player-generated change in music occurs in Koji Kondo’s music for Super Mario World (Nintendo, 1992); when the player’s character Mario jumps on a character (the dinosaur, Yoshi), a layer of percussion is added to the music. When the player jumps off, the percussion track is removed. In addition to player-generated changes, run-time game parameters such as player health, number of enemies, time of day, or location in the game can alter what music is being played....

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John Smock

Dionis Loire from Forest Hills High School in Queens plays Guitar Hero by RedOctane on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005 at the DigitalLife Expo in New York City. Players use colored buttons on the neck of the guitar to shoot targets and make heavy metal music at the same time. The DigitalLife Expo features cutting-edge technology for work, home and play....