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Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

August 21, 2019 | By Staff

August 21, 2019 | By Staff
More: Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

In this 2017 GDC session, PopCap Games' Becky Allen provides an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.

It was an in-depth look at the experiments that helped shape the game's music systems, as well as what went into rebuilding the entire score using custom-recorded MIDI sample banks halfway through, and continuing to tighten the link between music and gameplay all the way up until the game's release.

Allen revealed how extensive prototyping eventually led to a "Saturday morning cartoon" vibe with exciting music and systems that complemented each other and made the game feel "alive" in a way only music can.

It was a great talk, and now you can watch it anytime because it's available to watch for free via the official GDC YouTube channel!

About the GDC Vault

In addition to this presentation, the GDC Vault and its accompanying YouTube channel offers numerous other free videos, audio recordings, and slides from many of the recent Game Developers Conference events, and the service offers even more members-only content for GDC Vault subscribers.

Those who purchased All Access passes to recent events like GDC or VRDC already have full access to GDC Vault, and interested parties can apply for the individual subscription via a GDC Vault subscription page. Group subscriptions are also available: game-related schools and development studios who sign up for GDC Vault Studio Subscriptions can receive access for their entire office or company by contacting staff via the GDC Vault group subscription page. Finally, current subscribers with access issues can contact GDC Vault technical support.

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