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Nah, unless it's absolute trash audio, I'm going with the sounds of the game. If the game audio sucks (which means it's probably some free phone game that I've downloaded for the weekend), then I'm probably just playing sound off with ambient noise as I mindlessly tap, haha
I always listen to the game music, it’s part of the experience. Some game soundtracks are so good I listen to them while I’m doing other things (like Undertale, FF Tactics, Chrono Trigger). The only time I don’t listen to the game music is when I’m repeating a part of a game I’ve done multiple times
if I'm "listening" to anything while gaming, it's whatever the wife is watching or the games music. Otherwise I don't listen to music bc some games I need to hear the tiniest of details (like foot steps), some games I need to hyper focus on.
Most kind of games I play you have to be engrossed with every aspect of the game. Music in the background just takes away from the game. There are some genre of games that having background music isn't a bad thing.
Oddly specific response incoming. I like Final Fantasy Soundtracks but I remember grinding IX and X to gain levels while rotating in a 5 disc boombox Weezer's Blue, Green, and Pinkerton as well as The Wallflowers' Bringing Down the Horse and Breach. I find myself grinding Fortnite now the same way.
Depends on the game or how immersive I want the experience to be. If it’s a story-driven, cinematic game, you better believe there’s not another sound in the house. Which is probably why I don’t game as much these days. 😭
These answers are all so interesting already! Makes me feel I need to listen to the game audio more. I listen to music allllll the time. Including while gaming. And sometimes, I'll even watch a TV show while gaming. So I usually don't have game audio on at all.
I have to go with the sounds of the game! The developers picked that music for a reason, and I’d be doing myself a disservice by listening to outside music.
I agree with @jedijohann - takes away from the gaming experience.
The exception is sports titles. I listen to my own music or no music.
Here is the list of scenarios for music or not:
Solo Campaign: ❌
Multiplayer while chatting: ❌
Streaming a game: ❌
A game I don’t know well: ❌
A game I know well playing by myself and nerves are getting to me: ✅
Every The Dad Gaming Mario Kart A or B finals, I have music playing.