It was once easy for art critics to write off video games as nothing more than children's toys and consumerism fodder. Now, video games receive celebratory recognition for art design, screenwriting, excellence in gameplay, sound design, and music. To quote game designer Phil "Fish" Poisson, "Video games are the ultimate art form. [They are] the sum total of every expressive medium...made interactive. How is that not...it's awesome!"
One of the most imperative elements of any excellent video game is its soundtrack. Like any genre of music, video game music has been evolving right alongside this interactive medium since its beginnings. Here are some of the musical subgenre's greatest composers of all time.