18 Most Iconic Sounds In Video Game History

The sound effects that have stayed with you forever.


Video games are often remembered for the things you do in them, the areas you explore, and the sights you see, but imagine what they’d be like without sound. More specifically what would classics like Sonic the Hedgehog, Doom, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time have been like if they didn’t have sound effects? Or what if that Shotgun sounded like a spud gun? It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it?

Just like you remember the first time you saw an Imp running towards you in Doom, you’re equally likely to associate that with the sound that monster made and the chills it sent running through you. Mario loves to collect coins, but would that be the same if the game didn’t make that memorable chime each and every time?

Video games are just as much an aural medium as they are a visual one. Here is a look at the 18 most iconic sound effects in video game history, covering way back in 1980 right up to the modern era.

How many of these do you remember?


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