Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games

Living Edition
| Editors: Newton Lee


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08234-9_194-1



An audiogame is a digital game that relies solely or primarily on audio output. Most audiogames can be played by both visually impaired and sighted players.


While most digital games today heavily rely on sound in order to communicate information to the player, the role of audio in games is generally less significant than that of graphics (Collins and Kapralos 2012). Some digital games, however, invert this logic by either making graphics secondary to the audio or not using graphics at all, focusing on the sound instead. These are known as audiogames: games “fully playable by reliance on their audio output” (Karhulahti 2015).

For some game designers, stripping away the visual component of the game can be a way to experiment with the medium. Dark Room Sex Game(2008), a party rhythm game playable with the keyboard or Nintendo Wii’s Wiimote controller, is one example, focusing on audio and haptic feedback to simulate sexual...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital CultureTallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia