Science Matters – Episode #5

June 27, 2009 § Leave a comment

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Courtesy of the University of Waterloo

Even though hardcore gamers may say they attribute much of their love for the interactive pastime to thrilling visual graphics, those who have tried to play a video game in silence know that it’s just not the same game anymore.   Still, while sound is an undeniably important factor to the overall gaming experience, relatively little actual research has been done on it, said Dr. Karen Collins, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Communication at the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology (CCAT).

Describing sound as the “underdog of the multimedia world,” Collins, who is also a professor at UW in the department of drama and speech communication, believes there is great potential in studying our interactions with sound in a variety of contexts.  One of her on-going projects explores different ways of generating real-time sound for video games and other interactive media.

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