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date: 07 August 2020

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This chapterexamines the history of music in video games, particularly arcade games, during the period from 1977 to 1983. It identifies the factors that influenced early video game music and describes the process of creating the musical score for games such as Space Invaders and Donkey Kong. It suggests that the early history of video game music has parallels with the early film music practices and shows that video games adopted many of the same strategies for fitting music to screen action.

Keywords: video game music, musical score, film music, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, screen action

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