Do games need to use WAV format audio?
I’ve spend time over the last few weeks developing new gaming benchmarks for PC User magazine and the two new games we’re looking at using are Left 4 Dead and Crysis Warhead.
However, while I was working with Left 4 Dead, it struck me as very odd that all of the audio files inside Left 4 Dead were WAV format audio. Why that was strange is that the audio files were nearly twice the size of the text map files – around 1.5GB.
In this day and age of audio compression, using a non-compressed format seems about as wasteful as you can get. Sure, there are serious licensing issues when you cast an eye around to many of the compressed audio codecs available but there is one that should have been given serious consideration – Vorbis.
Open-source audio and video codecs have struggled to gain acceptance in the market place. Now it may well be that Left 4 Dead developers did look at using Vorbis – I don’t know. But given the sheer size of audio files inside Left 4 Dead, you would have thought that using Vorbis would have greatly reduced the amount of data having to be installed, transferred and processed during gameplay.
To me, this is the sort of thing that would be perfect for open-source – audio files that enable game developers to keep game sizes down without having to foot the cost of license fees.
Open-source codec developers need all the encouragement they can get and it seems to me that game developers need to use anything that doesn’t add to their costs or time to their development. Let’s hope these two groups get together far more often.
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