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[–] irishredfox 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

In all seriousness, I wonder how changing game music would affect the play experience. Directors have been using sound for years to help tell stories, but games are a different medium. If you built a puzzle into your game, then had some players try it with a certain type of music and then other players try it with a different type, let's say slow minimalism vs fast aggressive metal, I wonder if that would change the players mood and the difficulty of the puzzle?

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[–] LoungeAbout 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have certain albums and playlists explicitly for "cracking the whip" (working when I'm not in the mood). Once I've started a task I'll put on a playlist knowing that I've got a solid 2 hours of uninterrupted work in me - guaranteed. It works only once or twice a day, but I find that it's enough.

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[–] irishredfox 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This isn't the first study of it's kind. I'm going to open this and read it, but I know that other studies determined that it's not music that helps productivity, but what type of music. The beats per minute have a very important impact on productivity.

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[–] psioniq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That's what I thought as well, the type of music, not just the act of listening.

I recall one of those earlier studies, in relation to homework, that listening to 'classical' or 'techno' music is far more beneficial than listening to 'pop', which that study classified as 'aggressive music' - meaning that your productivity was lessened because the mind would be following the lyrics and processing them. Might have been bs, but it does make a little sense.

The beats per minute is totally a thing though - nothing beats a 4/4 when you need to get into the 'zone' :)

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[–] irishredfox 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Going with the more aggressive music thing, I remember reading years ago that people who listen to more blues music are more likely to get speeding tickets. That backbeat is the devil's beat, I tell you!

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[–] howards 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Music is distracting while programming. It's helpful for designing and doing other creative tasks.

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[–] 1Sorry_SOB 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

What would Voaters know about productivity?