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#1 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

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#2 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I find that I play a lot of games with the volume muted. I’m subscribed to over 30 podcasts and in order to listen to them all and play games at the same time I have to mute the games. So I will frequently choose to play games in which the sound is inessential. This is mostly RPGs, racing games, sports games, games that I’ve already completed before and Little Big Planet. I probably play about 40% of my games muted. Sometimes I’ll even play Lumines muted so I can focus more on clearing blocks.

The only game I can’t play muted is Patapon. It’s rhythm based and you have to base your rhythm on the rhythm you hear so any kind of outside noise can mess up your concentration. The need for absolute silence to play it is one of the reasons that I only got half way through it.

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#3 Edited by Kidavenger (4168 posts) -

Most games I have to play with the sound on, but for MMOs I never have the sound on ever, that's podcast time.

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#4 Posted by SuperCabboy (100 posts) -

I always have the sound on except when I play online fps games. Gun sounds just get grating after a while.

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#5 Posted by Firepaw (3053 posts) -

I play almost all my games with sound on - sometimes when playing MMOs or multiplayer games I'll listen to music or podcasts (or watch videos) while playing.

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#6 Posted by JasonR86 (10178 posts) -

I do this often and will watch quick looks or some other video online (like Netflix or the videos from Gameinformer). If the game is a new one that I really care about or the game requires audio to play well (like a FPS) then I won't mute the audio.

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#7 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8734 posts) -

Only with MMO's or sometimes with RTS games when I tire of the soundtrack.
Not Red Alert 3 though, amazing music.

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#8 Posted by nukesniper (1269 posts) -

I play most games with sound on, but when I am playing something that I care less about, the volume goes down, the story is ignored, and the podcasts or music come out. My best examples are Dark Void and Dark Sector. I simply did not find the story in those games fun and I mainly played them for achievements at a point, so I ignored most of what goes on.

Every game gets a chance though.

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#9 Posted by lightsoda (555 posts) -

Only with games where I don't have to pay much attention, I like to boot up TM2, M&B or something and look at quick looks or the like.

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#10 Posted by Hector (3547 posts) -

I play games on mute that don't have any voice-overs or are not cutscene heavy when I listen to podcasts. Stuff like MInecraft, TF2, racing games & puzzle games.

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#11 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

Once I've finished the game and I'm going back in to get the cheevos (Saints Row) or I just find the game boring (Skyrim), I play with the sound off and the podcasts on

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#12 Posted by Little_Socrates (5844 posts) -

As a lot of people have said, the answer is yes, but not during a first playthrough of a story or aesthetic focused game.

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#13 Posted by RenMcKormack (1087 posts) -

Street Fighter 4 SILENT and podcast or music playing

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#14 Posted by sins_of_mosin (1713 posts) -

Bunch of times I've played with no sound. Last time it was Lego Indiana Jones as there was no reason to have sound at all.

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#15 Posted by Vexxan (4633 posts) -

Only when I'm listening to podcasts, but then I only play games that doesn't really have a story.

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#16 Posted by jetsetwillie (882 posts) -

i will sometimes keep the game sound on and have an ear-bud from my iphone in one ear with a podcast or audiobook playing. then pause my iphone if a cutscene or NPC talks.

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#17 Posted by Stete (782 posts) -

I don't think I can play games completely muted since audio feedback plays a big role in most of them. However if I want to play a game while listening to a podcast I just turn off the BGM.

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#18 Posted by Aus_azn (2272 posts) -

'Twas how I beat Majora's Mask the first time around. Couldn't stand hearing link scream every time I screwed up.

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#19 Posted by Commisar123 (1949 posts) -

Yep, but never for story based games

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#20 Posted by Sjosz (489 posts) -

Games that don't require a giant amount of pure concentration tend to eventually get lowered in volume so I can watch a TV show while playing. I don't know why I do that, but there you have it.

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#21 Posted by uniform (1842 posts) -

No. I'm one of those crazy people that don't listen to anything but the sounds of the video game I'm playing.

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#22 Posted by Tireyo (6713 posts) -

No. I like to hear the music and such in games. Makes me feel like I'm part of the action.

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#23 Posted by BrockNRolla (1725 posts) -

Almost never have the volume totally muted, but for games like Fallout (Where having a "radio" is actively encouraged) or for other "grindy" type games, podcasts are perfect for making the downtime fly by.

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#24 Posted by thornie_delete (441 posts) -

I play Final Fantasy games with the volume muted. I hate J-pop and Japanese music in general, not to mention the god awful voice acting. It's subtitles and a good music playlist for me.

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#25 Posted by happenstance (517 posts) -

A lot of the time i'll play handheld games muted so that I can listen to podcasts. For console games its only ones like Fifa or when I mess about in open world games that it gets muted.

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#26 Posted by Cheesebob (1307 posts) -

Play Counterstrike Source whilst listening to the podcast. So I mute the game

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#27 Posted by MeierTheRed (5328 posts) -

Play all games with the sound on. If its a game i have played through once, i usually listen to music or podcasts over it.

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#28 Posted by jonano (405 posts) -

I turn the volume down low and listen to podcasts with head phones .I like a little bit of game audio while I play .

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#29 Posted by supamon (1339 posts) -

Yep I do so if I'm doing something repetitive or if I'm playing an MMO (heh) cause it's podcast time.

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#30 Posted by TheLark (184 posts) -

Play less story driven games virtually always without sound. Games like wwe12 and fifa 12 is podcasts or general music

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#31 Posted by PenguinDust (12994 posts) -

Often while grinding in any number of JRPGs or MMOs. Podcasts, music or the TV replace my audio needs.

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#32 Posted by Chop (2013 posts) -

I never mute a game, but I do turn the sounds down and listen to/watch other things as I play.

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#33 Posted by WarlockEngineerMoreDakka (452 posts) -

I almost never mute my games. As when I'm playing them, I'm almost always completely focused on them. (I'm not a multi-tasker like most of ye! :P )

For a reason completely unrelated to multi-tasking though, there is one game I always mute. >_>

This one: http://www.giantbomb.com/missionforce-cyberstorm/61-334/


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#34 Posted by SSully (5277 posts) -

Very rarely. There have been a few times where I would mute a game like terraria and listen to the bombcast, or even bejeweled. But as I said its very rare.

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#35 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

Only the music. I never mute dialogue or sound effects.

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#36 Posted by Coafi (1520 posts) -

I play some FPS (BF3 or Call of Duty) muted, and with music on the background.

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#37 Posted by Niall_Sg1 (379 posts) -

Sometimes when I'm chatting with friends I turn the volume off. Find it too distracting otherwise.

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#38 Posted by Swoxx (3034 posts) -

It has happened. Though it's rare.

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#39 Posted by LitterAlley (18 posts) -

As to the opposite I got an expensive surround sound headset. Maybe it's just me but it doesn't help much with FPS. and there are cords everywhere!

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#40 Posted by HellBrendy (1123 posts) -

Only really small and simple once or games without any really "needy" sounddesign. Atom Zombie Smasher and Minecraft are two games that comes to mind as muted most of the time (although AZS actually has a great soundtrack).

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#41 Posted by mosespippy (4751 posts) -

I'm surprised at the results so far. Who knew the majority of Giant Bombs forumites have played games muted?

@LitterAlley said:

As to the opposite I got an expensive surround sound headset. Maybe it's just me but it doesn't help much with FPS. and there are cords everywhere!

I got a decent headset with a 3 meter cord so I could play Rock Band in the middle of the night. I find that it does help me play better. My scores tend to be 3-5% better than without.

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#42 Posted by Cloudenvy (5893 posts) -

I pretty much always play multiplayer games muted so I can listen to music.

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#43 Posted by James_ex_machina (980 posts) -

Normally NO. There are times when I mute the sound if it's distracting. In Dead Space I was stuck on the asteroid shooting turret level. I played it so many I just wanted to break the disc in half. I read some tips about adjusting the brightness to see asteroids sooner and turning of the sound. I tried a few times with the brightness turned up then gave in on the muted sound tip. Got passed it on the first try. I have tried this on a few other games with sequences like that and it helped me. Normally I prefer the game music and sounds.

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#44 Posted by fisk0 (6351 posts) -

MMO's and Battlefield 3 are pretty much the only games I've done this in, though I don't mute the sound, just lower the volume a bit so it won't interfere with listening to podcasts. For pretty much every other game I instead turn the volume for the game's music up quite a bit (they tend to set that to really low for some reason).

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#45 Posted by M_Shini (567 posts) -

MMMO's and Grinding constantly in any rpg's is a muted time to listen to music,podcasts or just play another game while i do that one for the most part.

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#46 Posted by CJduke (902 posts) -
@Kidavenger said:

Most games I have to play with the sound on, but for MMOs I never have the sound on ever, that's podcast time.

Same for me.
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#47 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8020 posts) -

When doing something repetitive yeah.

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#48 Posted by huntad (2346 posts) -

Yeah I mute the sound when listening to the podcast.

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#49 Edited by Morrow (1870 posts) -

When I do boss battles for fun, I sometimes mute the game and turn on this:

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#50 Posted by SoledadBrother (40 posts) -

Yes I listen to iTunes University lectures all the time while playing games it offsets the feeling of not wasting my time if I am learning somethings in the process.