There are some things that a person will remember and recall immediately; Sound and smell are among the most potent memory makers. Imagine the smell of say, grandma's cookies or your favorite holiday dinner, these can ideas can trigger whole sets of memories, emotions, smells, and images... maybe transport you back to a beloved holiday gathering from your childhood. Unfortunately technology has yet to provide us with Smell-o-vision, olfactory-enhanced gaming systems, or mobile devices... so smell doesn't help us to engage users.
In addition to smell, sound is also largely tied to the actions of memory. Sometime ago, there was a list of the top sounds released and for instance, if you hear this sound almost all of us would recognize it immediately. This is because this particular company has done a very good job of marketing; so, we respond in an almost Pavlovian manner. In my opinion, this is both a good and bad thing… Good because they engaged users and created a memorable interaction; bad because they have, again in my opinion, treated the users as nothing more than dumb animals to be treated with the carrot or the stick.
How many of us remember the Sound of Mario Dying, or this sound from sonic; you probably recall days of your childhood or playing on a classic console. These are the kind of memories I want people to remember from our games.
Besides those listed above, what are the sounds you recognize and remember most, let us know with a comment below.
Tall Ship Team
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