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Listening to Video Game Audio

Participant Information


Thank you for considering taking part. This study aims to investigate listeners’ preferences when it comes to video game audio levels and reproduction hardware. The project is being run by Dr Stuart Cunningham from Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr Iain McGregor from Edinburgh Napier University.


In order to take part you must be aged between 18 - 70 (inclusive).


You will be asked to answer 46 short online questions, which should take approximately 15 minutes. Specifically, about the hardware you use to listen to game audio, and any modifications that you make to the levels of the dialogue, music and sound effects.


All of your responses will be anonymised using the convention P01, P02…. Data will be stored for 10 years on a secure cloud service, and not shared with any other parties. The anonymised results will be presented at an audio conference, which has yet to be determined.


Identifying the range of variation that exists with regards to audio reproduction, may allow for an overall improvement of surround sound through correction factors tailored according to gamers’ settings. The results might also be of interest to those designing video games, in respect of identifying the relative importance of different stems from a gamer’s perspective, providing information about how each auditory element could be mixed, with minimum user intervention.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Iain McGregor on 0131 455 2788 or via i.mcgregor@napier.ac.uk.


If you have any concerns or wish to complain about the research please contact Professor Ben Paechter on 0131 455 2764 or via B.Paechter@napier.ac.uk.


Thank you for your time.


Dr Stuart Cunningham and Dr Iain McGregor