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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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July 29, 2015

Speaker: James Robb, MSc candidate (Faculty of Business and Information Technology)

Title: Beyond the Noise: An Exploration of Informative Sound Design in Video Games

Abstract: Informative sounds in video games are those that are played with a functional purpose. These sounds are meant to inform the player of some change in the state of the game, be it in their character's status or something in the environment around them. This work seeks to deepen the understanding of this type of audio through a series of experiments measuring the play experience of a game as affected by different sonic conditions. The results show a need for informative audio feedback, and define the boundaries between abstract and non-abstract game sounds, showing that there is a contextual difference in effectiveness and experience between the two. There were, however, no statistically significant physiological effects relating to the absence or presence of these sounds. From these results, a set of sound design guidelines are contributed, as well as a deeper understanding of game sound and several areas for future research.