ASMR in Games YouTube Channel Let’s You Listen to Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s Atmosphere for an Hour
If you enjoy relaxing to ambient sounds, why not relax to the atmosphere in a video game?
ASMR is a trend I both discovered and saw growing in popularity throughout 2018 even though it’s been around for a fair while. If you’re unsure what it is, ASMR stands autonomous sensory meridian response which is fancy talk for the sensation of experiencing a static, or tingling-like sensation. This sensation is usually triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli according to Wikipedia.
And yes, last year I found myself falling into an ASMR hole, finding myself bewildered by the new sensation combined with the rather odd and awkward presentations from the host. I stumbled across a video on YouTube where someone was giving a massage to a huge teddy bear and I also found a few Twitch streamers who were wearing rubber gloves and pouring copious amounts of gel on their hands. While they rubbed a highly-sensitive microphone some were even breathing heavily and almost sensually into a specific side of the microphone.
It’s safe to say that watching ASMR became almost uncomfortable for me, but I’ve stumbled across a YouTube channel that seems to have launched earlier this year. “ASMR in Games” is the name and appears to be dedicated to creating ASMR and “Sleep Aid” videos by using video games. This appears to be achieved by recording an un-eventual part of the game’s world at a high volume and possibly amplified in post.
The results are wonderfully relaxing and really opens your eyes to the sheer amount of audio design that goes into video game creation. The particular video I found through Reddit by the creator themselves is available to watch below and is recorded in Shadow of the Tomb Raider‘s Croft Manor scene when Lara is having a flashback to her childhood. I strongly advise you throw on some headphones if you’re going to have a listen.
The visual’s don’t change, and the audio is pretty much a loop, but you can hear the world in surround sound with birds tweeting to your right and just behind you, and the wind flowing through both headphones. It’s a different way of seeing the game that’s for sure.
There are other videos on the channel such as Destiny 2 with howling wintery winds, Tomb Raider Underworld recorded underwater in some sea ruins, and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess recorded in a magical forest. The videos last for just over an hour.
Last year, THQ Nordic marketed Darksiders III by using sponsored ASMR videos because…why not?
If you’re a fan of ASMR videos and video games then you may want to give the channel a look. If you just want to have some beautiful background ambiance from a game you’ve enjoyed then that works too. Honestly, I’d love to hear what games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, or even Half-Life 2 sound like in quality like this.