Recently I came across this online video show of The Game Heroes. They’ve compiled a top 20 of video game sound effects (not music, not speech). They should have added that all examples come from retro games: their focus is merely on the legendary sound icons of 8 bit console games. But still it’s interesting to see they mention sound effects for their effect on the game play experience.
Recently, Richard and I created the Best Game Sound AnswerGarden. Have a look and see what other visitors consider as good game sound. In this garden we see some more recent games like Portal, although this game does of course benefit from its speaking computer (considered by Game Heroes as speech) and game music.
And sorry about the *long* advertisements from blip.tv.