You’re the last man standing on your team and you’re going to have to work some magic to win this round. As you approach the objective, you hear footsteps from somewhere on your right. In a flash, you turn to face the sound but there’s nothing there. BANG! – you’re dead. It turns out those footsteps were coming from ‘above-right and slightly behind you’ but you couldn’t perceive that because this game’s audio sucks!
Whilst the sophistication of graphics in video games has steadily increased in the last decade, the same cannot be said for audio, which has remained stagnant and even regressed somewhat. Video games are an ideal case for integrating 3D audio technologies and yet they continue to be ignored.