I was checking in the Lord of the Rings DVDs (was checking to see if there was background music available to listen) and just happened to spot Peter
Steve Jackson commenting music in movies. Jackson mentioned that visuals and characters can affect to what the viewer sees, but the music is the key to determining what the viewer feels at certain point.
I don’t recall the exact words though (was reading Finnish subtitles you know), but I think this message makes a valid point. If you think of games that have background music – they definitely impact on what player can feel in the course of the game. Naturally there’s things like experiencing the joy of victory and thrill of challenges, but I think music indeed can greatly affect on what players feel in the game.
It can create suspense (I’m thinking of some horror games). It can also create that “action feeling” (Kane & Lynch – in my opinion – does this nicely during action scenes where they start to play rock music for action scenes).