Stephanie Lind’s debut monograph is a compelling and exciting exploration of music and sound in video games. A worthwhile read for both researchers and musically literate gaming enthusiasts, Authenticity in the Music of Video Games promises an in-depth discussion of a particularly nebulous concept, and readers can be assured that this volume delivers on the undertaking with clarity, nuance, and flair. Of immediate importance is the swift acknowledgment of multiple player perspectives existing for the same game. This is at the heart of Lind’s discussion of authenticity (a label that can encompass historical accuracy, imagined assumptions, emotional response, or frequently a combination of all three) and is a driving force behind music’s complex relationship with player expectations and enjoyment.

Building on the substantial web of existing authenticity and immersion literature, Lind considers the reciprocal relationship between player expectations and music; in her own words, engaging with “an infinite variety of...

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