Appendix C. Game Music Canon

This appendix contains a list of video games that have contributed significantly to the advancement of music in video games. Even more video game recommendations and resources can be found on the companion website. At the companion website, you can also contribute your picks for games that have played an instrumental role in paving the way for modern soundtracks for video games.

1970 to 1989

1978: Space Invaders, Tomohiro Nishikado

1980: Pac-Man, Toshio Kai

1981: Frogger, Japanese folk songs

1982: Dig Dug, Yuriko Keino

1984: Marble Madness, Brad Fuller, Hal Canon

1985: Super Mario Bros., Koji Kondo

1986: Castlevania, Michiru Yamane

1986: Metroid, Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka

1987: Final Fantasy 1, Nobuo Uematsu

1988: ...

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