What's better: ding! or the Howiescream?

What's better: ding! or the Howiescream?

Last time, you decided that impossible geometry is better than playing the music CD left in your drive. I respectful people on both sides but am impressed by this outcome. This week, ah sure, why not have another crack at pitting two similar-ish things against each other. It feels against the spirit of the competition but I''m curious. What''s better: the ding! or the Howie scream?

If no one celebrates your achievement with fanfare, what is a level-up? Some significant numbers? More tools to better deal future challenges? Oh, no thank you! Give me that ding!

Generally speaking, it does not have to be a dinging bell; however, a dramatic drumroll ascends into a cymbal; some great electronic noise that looks like a hacker jacking into an anti-piracy public service announcement. Some sort of Kitaro synth. A cool, non-toxic note that notes the emotional clarity is accompanied nicely by my level-up. I''ll take all your dings, thank you. In MMORPG slang, you''

In an age when loot box opening animations, a humble ding is perfect for those who play with special effects and funny celebratory sounds. Sure, levels can be weaponized against us even if you have free-to-play MMOs, but at least they won''t charge me 5 to get an ugly t-shirt for my wizard.

The Howie scream, a sonic sibling, is a stock sound sensation you''ll have heard many times in many places. Both have become in-jokes through their repeated reuse, little nods to cinema''s artifice, and easter eggs for enthusiasts. However, the Wilhelm scream, usually as the sound of someone falling or being knocked flying, is important for how often it''s reworked and built upon as a sound effect used in earnestness.

When you click on an Academy in StarCraft, what happens to the Howie scream. Half-Life 2''s fast zombies sometimes scream a sped-up Howie scream while leaping, and the black headcrabs supposedly use an even faster version. Call of Duty has hidden it in guitar riffs and drum beats. Once you recognize it as a distinct named scream, you begin hearing it all over.

Sure, I like a Wilhelm scream well enough, but the Howie scream is for me. It crosses a fine line between in-joke and practical asset, holding magic without tipping over into tired irony or mugging at the screen while ignoring itself. Plus its first documented use, in the film The Ninth Configuration, is quite funny.

I admire a well-disguised Howie, but cannot stand up to the great sound and special effects of a good ding! I know I''m a pugmire, who was easily distracted and touched my loud noises and bright colours, and I''m okay with it. But what do you think of you, reader dear?

Pick your winner, cast your vote in the below, and make your case in the comments to help others. Next week, we''ll investigate which thing will stand out for and continue the great contest.

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