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As with film television and other primarily visual media sound and music are often the forgotten elements in video game design That may be because sound affects humans more subtly than splashy visuals In fact often times the mark of superior sound design is that one does not consciously notice it Instead it goes to work on ones subconsciousheightening tension manipulating the mood and drawing the player into the game world This essay is an exploration into video game sounds how time and technological development has changed them as well as what is involved when creating a video game soundtrack A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOUND IN VIDEO GAMES In 1972 Pong the first video game which includes sound comes onto the market Six years later the game space invaders hits arcades with its menacing paranoia-inducing soundtrack It is an example of simple effective sound design the thumping audio track actually accelerates in tempo as the enemy invaders draw nearer and move faster The following year Asteroids another arcade game employs a similar sound technique to achieve the same results At the beginning of the 80s PacMan makes its debut The game boasts many memorable sound and music elements for example Pac-Man dying blinking out which has become the universally accepted sound of defeat A year later Donkey Kong comes out with its award winning sound design composed on a small electronic keyboard In 1985 the Nintendo Entertainment System enters the market with first Tetris whose infectious Russian soundtrack adds greatly to the puzzle games enduring appeal Followed by Super Mario Bros whose soundtrack will forever be engraved on the minds of its players which took the first step towards interactive music with a constantly shifting tone to match the action on screen In 1987 the Legend of Zelda as well as the first Final Fantasy game broke new ground with their sweeping and cinematic musical scores considered by fans and historians to be
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