GAMING’S MUSIC MILESTONES
1999 | Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater introduces a new generation to punk, from the Dead Kennedys to Suicidal Tendencies.
2001 | Grand Theft Auto III creates fully functioning radio stations — one more thing to distract you as you drive.
2003 | Def Jam Vendetta dreams of a world where Ghostface Killah can suplex Ludacris in the squared circle.
2005 | Guitar Hero launches with its unique controller, bringing Stevie Ray Vaughn to dorm rooms everywhere.
2009 | Just Dance turns Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, and Deee
Lite into a Wii-mote-waggling choreography-exercise boom.
| Imagine Dragons write the League of Legends theme “Warriors,” and perform it at the game’s World Championship.
| Paul McCartney contributes to the Destiny soundtrack with single “Hope for the Future.”
| Travis Scott legitimizes metaverse concerts with a
Fortnite performance, a place he perhaps should have stayed.
| Superstar Lil Nas X is named “President” of League of
Legends, where he launches a song and a “champion skin.”
| The Recording Academy announces a Grammy Award category for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games.