As video game technology has evolved, graphics have been the measuring stick by which to chart its growth. Better graphics generally mean better processing power, which means, we would hope, a better console. Not so much with sound, on the other hand. While the graphics race has pretty much spiraled downward into contest to see who can put the most sparkly bloom over their grey-brown military shooter, sound quality peaked pretty early on in the videogame timeline. And this means that video game sound design has always been a realm for the artist rather than a popularity contest.