I need sound effects for a lot of things, so if you have any good ones I'd be delighted to hear. Just know that I don't loot effects directly from other games; they are often too recognizable.
I think you need a sound effect for Toa of Sonics attacks. Something like the sound of a gravity hammer in Halo maybe?
I try my best not to use music from other games either. I've used BIONICLE music only because it's related to the game I am making, apart from that everything is royalty free from web archives.
I think I remember someone saying to add different boss music earlier. Well, I think you should use some music from Shadow of the Colossus. If there aren't any copyright issues and stuff, that is. That game has awesome music.
The BioMedia project breaks copyright law. It's convenient for us fans, but LEGO would have the law on their side if they decided to shut down the whole or parts of it. The music of BIONICLE Heroes is legal for you to use in the following situations:- You have bought the game and the music plays as you are playing it.- You have bought the soundtrack and you play the music in private.Sharing the files for free online so that people like me can grab them is illegal. Didn't stop me from downloading it anyways, but my use of the music in a freely distributed game is also illegal. Heck, a fan game at all is pretty much illegal, since I'm copying characters, locations, and other parts of their intellectual property by making it. Of course LEGO doesn't seem like the kind of company which would smack down on fans like that, but if I started charging money for this game, I would likely see action taken the moment LEGO caught a whiff of it.I trust LEGO to let fans be creative and that they encourage us to make fan works like this. It's mostly free promotions for LEGO, isn't it? Still, I imagine that trying to profit off of LEGO's own property would cause problems. Those guys who mold new weapons and such for LEGO figures? They are making their own molds and designs, so it's fine that they sell the parts they make. Someone printing Tahu on a cup and selling it? That would be trouble, even if they made the rest of the cup themselves.Then how did the BioMedia project get hold of Bionicle Heroes music?
There a almost surely copyright issues... Music laws are incredibly convoluted and don't make much sense...
But it is not legal. If I paid them for the rights to use the music that they commissioned in the past to market their product, it would be legal.If we didn't have copyright laws, then you could compose songs for a CD, sell 1 copy, and then everyone else in the world with an internet connection would have the music files for free without you having anything to say about it. Meanwhile, there exist services such as the Norwegian TONO or NCB. If I want to use music that I don't own the rights to, I can contact these people, because they are in charge of organizing music rights.So I might say: "Hey, I wish to play this song during a local concert, is that all right?" and they will be like "Let's see, roughly 300 people attending, you'll play the song only once? Is it the full song or just parts of it? I see. Well, estimations come to around X dollars for the rights to play this song. Y percent of the money goes to the artist, and Z percent to our company to further our work."I would pay the cash, and have secured the rights to play the song on that concert. Similarly, making a song available with my game would require me to pay a cent or two per download, adjusted by how much of the song I'd be using. Full song playing during a stage or in the credits, that's full price. Cut out 5 seconds and use it in an intro sequence, that's much less to pay.Of course, big-time companies can easily afford shelling out a few hundred bucks when making a game and selling it to so many people. Amateur programmers like me with a free-for-all project can't... and probably shouldn't be allowed to just stick whatever files I want wherever.Now, enough copyright talk. I'll be using royalty-free music and sounds wherever I can. Using BIONICLE Heroes music was an emergency solution because I didn't have anything else that was both free and fitting at the time.
Yeah... I flat out loath copyright law. It doesn't stop illegal activity, it just makes it really hard to use legally in ways like this.
Edited by Katuko, Aug 20 2013 - 03:34 AM.