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A story of ‘Hup’, the jump sound in every video game

A story of 'Hup', the jump sound in every video game

Even games that swam against the tide of tactical mil-sims had outgrown cartoon whoops. “I’ve never been a fan of the super slow methodical pace of tactical shooters such as Rainbow 6and I felt that the lightning-fast movement of Unreal Tournament-slash-earthquake was a bit too over the top, so I made the decision to strike a balance between the two genres,” Counter-Strike creator Minh Lee told me. “Strangely, the sound of players jumping never really crossed my mind back then.” Lee created a mod before Counter-Strike called Navy SEALswhich was built with earthquake SDK and retained its jumping sound; Counter-Strikehowever, was built as a mod for Valve considerably less macho half life (although it should be mentioned that half life was itself built a heavily modified version of earthquakeengine). Staying true to this middle-of-the-road approach, Lee has created a game that features some of the bouncy, fantastical speed and movement of an arena FPS, paired with the class-based characters and realistic weaponry of a tactical shooter. . “Perhaps this is something that could have added some interesting meta to the game and made players more cautious about abusing the jump mechanic,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, once CSThe player base grew to such a size that it was difficult to change the game’s meta, and eventually the game’s core mechanics became set in stone.


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The blunt tool of jump vocalizations has been replaced with more advanced means to aid player awareness. As a result, many of the most popular modern multiplayer shooters, like Apex Legends, Fifteen days, Battlefield V, left for dead, PUBG, Tarkovand Valorantshow silent or nearly silent jumps.


it’s been 25 years since the release of earthquake, and in the years that followed, the hup became something of an audiovisual libfix. In the same way that hardly anyone talks about a scandal like [noun]-gate means specifically evoking the downfall of Richard Nixon, the hup persists but largely as an aesthetic gameplay element rather than a functional one.

Big budget hero shooters like Monitoring include one, albeit buried under additional layers of Foley and only firing on about 50% of jumps. “It’s not a major element of gameplay for us, but like they do a little *huh! huh! – *type of thing,” Scott Lawler, the game’s audio director, told me. the first person i think there are 11 materials we support there are 11 different jump sounds for all material types there are 11 different jump sounds there is a drop loop – if you fall off the ledge, it’s fine whooooooosh,—there is a drop land, which is a large land on the ground after jumping from a certain height. And all of this is not only duplicated for a third-person view and passed through a variety of reverbs to simulate the environment, but is also integrated into the game’s “importance system”, classifies and amplifies or attenuates appropriately these sounds in order to achieve what he calls “the impossible goal of turning off the screen and knowing what’s going on in the game”. Among these, the characters street fighter-Influenced ultimate attacks as well as team chat massively outperform the rustle and low grunt of the jump. And while the patch notes don’t reflect it, the iterations of the game’s audio received various remixes and balancing. While the hup may have been nerfed significantly, the arena shooter influence is felt in places. “The jumping mats in Monitoring were certainly very inspired by earthquake and these games,” Lawler said. “And even the sound was something that the design was really particular about the whole card. So if you play Oasis and someone takes a jump ramp, you might be halfway through the map, and you can tell.

But recent years have also led to an influx of retro-style shooters specifically aimed at returning to mid-to-late ’90s sensibilities, often created by small teams or individual creators. “In Dusk, whoops was an intentional reminder to earthquakesaid developer Dave Szymanski on Discord. In his view, the hup creates the feeling of “immediacy” present in the games with “combats focused on deft movement and speed” and “interesting level design as a 3D space rather than just a series decorated corridors or arenas. [that take] the player on an interesting journey. In his response, you can read some disappointment that shooters have gone from being inspired by cinema to trying to become films themselves.

The developers of Producer, who also included the hup as a nostalgic nod to a “semi-comedy time” in gaming, also seemed disillusioned with the state of modern shooters. “Games evolved and needed different needs, things got too ‘serious’,” Jason Mojica and Mike Voeller wrote in an email, “but at the same time I couldn’t imagine Counter-Strike if your character made a jumping noise every time you tried to go through a window.