An Informal History of Video Game Music

I gave a talk for the South Bay Game Dev meetup on the History of Video Game Music.

Check it out on YouTube.

An Informal History of Video Game Music


Official Talk Description:

This is an informal look at music in video games from the early days of video games, starting from the 1970’s, but particularly focused on the MIDI and tracker (MOD) decade of music (1988-1998). 

This talk will include games that are not widely discussed by today’s YouTubers, but nonetheless significant to the history of the industry. And this talk will reflect on the innovations & ambitions we have lost in today’s world in comparison.


Games mentioned:


Gun Fight (1975)

Space Invaders (1978)

Rally-X (1980)

Vanguard (1981)

Journey (1983)

Spy Hunter (1983)

Gyrus (1983)

Frogger (1981)

Galaga (1981)

Dig Dug (1982)

Dragon’s Lair (1983)

Marble Madness (1984)

King’s Quest IV (1988)

Space Quest III (1989)

Doom (1993)

Tyrian (1995)

Second Reality (1993)

Star Control II (1992)

Space Quest IV (1991)

Space Quest I VGA (1991)

Banjo-Kazooie (1998)

Loom (1990)

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Monkey Island 2 (1991) / iMUSE

TIE Fighter (1994)

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002)

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

Red Dead Redemption (2010)

Auditorium (2008)

Quest for Glory 1 (1989)



Bonus 1: Women in Game Design (Sierra On-Line’s top designers)

Roberta Williams

Al Lowe

Mark Crowe & Scott Murphy

Jim Walls

Lori Ann Cole

Christy Marx

Jane Jensen

Josh Mandel

Lorelei Shannon


Bonus 2: Tom & Jerry trivia quiz

Bonus 3: Includes Dance of the Fairies tribute to Carlos Icaza



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