Sound Design in Games
|The card's front face||The card's back face|
|A deck-based approach to a Pattern Language for Sound Design in Games, strongly influenced by Acoustic Ecology and subject to the principle that Sound Design in Games benefits from being embedded in the overall Game Design.|
This card is meant to function as a "presentation card" for the deck.
It differs from other cards in the deck in the sense that it was not designed with the goal of representing specific sound design explorations. It rather supports the communication of the overall mindset to which every card is subject.
The card is also used to contextualize other cards that carry high-level concepts or that are transversal to the sound design, as illustrated by the relationships field.
One important role of this card is to make clear that there is more information available besides the limited contents of the card. The front face includes a bloated QR-Code that is meant to emphasize that aspect. It is important to notice that we are not arguing that the cards should be used while accessing the extended information. Actually, our major design goal when designing the front face of this particular card was to establish a clear idea that the cards are, by design, a partial view of the information they address. Still, we argue the usage of cards (subject to that mindset) is meaningful even without access to the respective extended information, either because they may communicate information enough to support design decisions, or because users are already fairly familiar with the extended contents and are able to appreciate the usefulness of short tokens to the respective ideas.
For most effects this card is not considered when counting the number of cards in the deck, which is said to be 77. This may be regarded as the 78th card – or the 0th, to be more coherent with its purpose.