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I don't think this makes sense
I think that the abrupt cutting off of the sound is jarring: this is why I play the factorio music (available on steam or in that youtube video) in the background while playing the game rather than just unmuting the in game music.
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AmericanPatriot wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:34 pm
I don't think this makes sense
I think that the abrupt cutting off of the sound is jarring: this is why I play the factorio music (available on steam or in that youtube video) in the background while playing the game rather than just unmuting the in game music.
Would it also not make sense to tie this to an option?

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Easy fix, majo annoyance add mute sound in background

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Hey

please add a "mute sound when in background" function. :roll:

Playin sea block and have to wait long time, and like to watch something while factorio is running.. currently i literally have to set sound to 0% and then up it again every time i switch back and forth.... :(

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Please rename topic. You need to open the topic to see, what it is about.
Also, there's also a template for ideas & suggestion, which helps viewtopic.php?f=6&t=47316

If go into map mode and move to a quiet place. Music has to be off, though
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i added what its about in title and i dont think i need that template for such an easy and obv fix. :? ;)

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Thanks, yeah don't know, if the template is always necessary, but it's easier to read, if everything has a fixed structure.
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Joined with unbelievable old topic — ssilk
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can we get any reason why this unbelievable old suggestion isnt added? :roll:

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Off topic:

It’s the other way around. There are three other threads that has been added to the old thread. Now this is the fourth.
The threads have a history from 2014, 2017, 2019 and now, with some bumps in 2020.

A clear sign for the devs, that this is really a needed feature.
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I learned to play Factorio completely without sounds because of this.

I used to turn the sounds all the way up/down each time when switching to/from Factorio, but it has become so tedious that I am now playing completely without sounds all the time. It's a pitty that I don't get to enjoy all the great game sound design, but unfortunately I am left with no other choice. :-(

Honestly I also don't understand why this isn't an option, since one tiny checkbox in settings could improve so many player's lives.

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+1 I think it would be good, if optional
jodokus31 wrote:
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If go into map mode and move to a quiet place. Music has to be off, though
What's the problem with this workaround? I did it in seablock once.
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jodokus31 wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:05 am
+1 I think it would be good, if optional
jodokus31 wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:37 pm
If go into map mode and move to a quiet place. Music has to be off, though
What's the problem with this workaround? I did it in seablock once.
u have to keep music off? :roll:

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nuhll wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:43 pm
jodokus31 wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:05 am
+1 I think it would be good, if optional
jodokus31 wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:37 pm
If go into map mode and move to a quiet place. Music has to be off, though
What's the problem with this workaround? I did it in seablock once.
u have to keep music off? :roll:
Still better to play without sound or turn volume up and down every time.
I wouldn't wait for the feature to be added and get annoyed every time it's missing.
But ok, your decision.

Maybe its possible to create a mod based on this. idk. might be only for startup settings
https://mods.factorio.com/mod/VolumeControl
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they just need to add this function like "every other" game.

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it's an OS level function, not something Wube needs to worry about..

i've got this on Linux, maybe use an OS that wasn't created by people who don't have a pulse on what actual people need.

there's a little speaker icon. if i click it, the game is muted. don't even need to right click and get this menu open.
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You’re right, it should be an os level function. Glad that you have it, but it will take years to implement it into others.
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True, it would be nice if most of major OSes supported this feature.
But until then many game developers decided to support this feature from within the game itself.
It would be nice if Factorio could be among those games.

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MarvinCZ wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:15 am
True, it would be nice if most of major OSes supported this feature.
But until then many game developers decided to support this feature from within the game itself.
It would be nice if Factorio could be among those games.
or, use some radical self determinism and look up how to do it your own way: https://superuser.com/questions/347674/ ... d-shortcut

teach a gamer to fish and they can make keyboard shortcuts for any number of games..

(edit) direct link: http://nircmd.nirsoft.net/muteappvolume.html

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ptx0 wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:34 pm
or, use some radical self determinism and look up how to do it your own way: https://superuser.com/questions/347674/ ... d-shortcut
teach a gamer to fish and they can make keyboard shortcuts for any number of games..
(edit) direct link: http://nircmd.nirsoft.net/muteappvolume.html
Unfortunately this exact tool is no use for me, it works only on windows. But I get your point.
What I don't understand is why you are against this proposed option (which is pretty common in other games, btw) to be present also in Factorio.
It's not like you would be forced to use it. 🙂
I see it simply like that: If your operating system somehow supports it natively, great, if not, let's have an option for it => everybody is happy.

Plus side of having a checkbox for this in game settings is that it could enable/disable sounds based on if Factorio is in foreground or background.
No need to run scripts or search for toggles it some menus.

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MarvinCZ wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:47 pm
Unfortunately this exact tool is no use for me, it works only on windows. But I get your point.
https://github.com/kyleneideck/BackgroundMusic/

because you can solve the problem without Wube having to spend time on it.

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