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The SSSMG and GAiN in unity

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

We are so happy to announce that GAiN is now affiliated with the highly regarded academic group, the Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games (SSSMG). This collaboration came to be after reaching out and discussing what GAiN stands for, and what we aspire to do as an organization in the video game industry as well as academia. Academics are incredibly important to us, as they add value to how we think about our work and increase the status of the industry. As a lot of you know, many in the video game industry have been aiming to achieve “art status”, and not just toys, and this work is ongoing. Do not misunderstand, games are supposed to be fun and be played with, but we believe that games are so much more than that. That is where we believe academia can really help us get to that level of recognition. That is where the SSSMG come in. The Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games (SSSMG) is an international organization dedicated to the development of sophisticated understandings of sound and music in video games from any and all perspectives. The SSSMG actively seeks to include both practitioners (such as composers and sound designers) and researchers. Designed to be a resource for diverse groups of scholars and practitioners, the society will maintain an actively updated bibliography on its website, award an annual prize for academic articles in the field, and provide communication between scholarly and professional organizations. To build a large and diverse body of knowledge, membership in the SSSMG is inter- professional and interdisciplinary, open to anyone involved with sound and music in video games. We welcome many approaches to the study of game audio, including (but not limited to) historical research, musical analysis, ethnographies, psychological studies of perception, cultural studies, media studies, reception, and practice-based inquiry. In the near future, GAiN will be putting more focus in ludomusicology. We have some initial thoughts and ideas, but this collaboration with the SSSMG will help us gain new insights and move forward our work. As a bonus we have received some discount codes on some great literature! From 19 January to 19 February 2022 receive 30% off "Nostalgia and Videogame Music (Book). A Primer of Case Studies, Theories and Analyses for the Player-Academic" (ed. by Vincent E. Rone, Can Aksoy and Sarah Pozderac-Chenevey) and "The Music of Nobuo Uematsu in the Final Fantasy Series" (Book) by Richard Anatone using code MULTIPLAY30 at checkout! Links to the books: Thank you so much for your time and thanks to the SSSMG for the trust. Kind regards on the behalf of GAiN

Alexander Espeseth Vice-chair & fellow ludomusicology academic.

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