Wikipedia has a nice write-up on the history of computer and video game music, from 8-bit machines and early sampling to pre-recorded and streaming music. From the article: "The decision to include any music into a video game meant that at some point it would have to be transcribed into computer code by a programmer, whether or not the programmer had musical experience... Composers who made a name for themselves with their software include Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda), Koichi Sugiyama (Dragon Quest), Rob Hubbard (Monty On the Run), Hirokazu Tanaka (Metroid and Kid Icarus), Martin Galway (Times of Lore), Hiroshi Miyauchi (Out Run), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), and Yuzo Koshiro (Ys)."

How important is music to the video game experience, and what are some of the most memorable game soundtracks that come to your mind?

See also: Gamespot: A brief timeline of video game music

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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