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The Essential Guide to Game Audio by Scott R. Looney, Steve Horowitz

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Level 2On the Road—to NOW!

A Brief History of Games and Game Audio

The First Video Games

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1940–1970: The Silent Era of Video Games

1970–1980: Early Arcade Games and Consoles

The Golden Age of the Arcade

1990s

The Rise of Home Computers

2000s

Learning Outcomes:

Understand the evolution of key audio systems and essential developments •

Distinguish between different platforms, genres, and technological stages •

Comprehend technical limitations and how they shape audio development •

Let’s take a brief look at a few of the more notable achievements in gaming during this period.

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