Exclusive: Memorable & Iconic Game Sounds
What makes a sound memorable? Maybe it’s unique or maybe it’s constant repetition. Whatever it is there are reasons why we remember sounds and why they live on to form nostalgia. I was curious about game sounds in particular. There are a good bunch of sounds that everyone seems to recall as either “iconic”, “memorable” or “classic”.
In my research it appears that most people start listing sounds from the 90′s back. A few popular examples are from Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Most people that don’t even play video games can list a good portion of them and probably even mimic the way they sound. But what about modern sounds? Why have they been lacking lately, or have they? Is it something as simple as our childhood hanging onto these older sounds and not being influenced as much by more recent titles? In a day and age where games are becoming more like Hollywood blockbuster films, the sound pallet for these games has adjusted as well. Could this be a factor? Could more resources produce less creativity? What sounds will the children of today remember twenty years from now?
Below you will find a list of what the readers and I consider “memorable” and “iconic” sounds. I encourage you to leave you opinions and favorites in the comments section below.