Exploring the Potential of Game Audio for Wellbeing

Katja Rogers and Lennart E. Nacke. 2017. Exploring the Potential of Game Audio for Wellbeing. In Positive Gaming: Workshop on Gamification and Games for Wellbeing. Amsterdam, Netherlands. Online:


Music listening has long-standing ties to mental health, positive affective states, and wellbeing. Even outside of clinical contexts, music is increasingly being explored as a costeffective, ubiquitous way to support emotion regulation and stress reduction in people’s everyday lives. Games have also been shown to have the capability to improve player well-being in certain contexts. However, the role of players’ exposure to background music in games toward leveraging this effect has not been explored specifically. We explore the potential of games to act as a tool for relaxation and stress reduction for the general public and discuss future research directions.