Some might still view the world of video games as a young person’s industry, but considering the fact the art form has been around for over 40 years, there are more than a few folks who have stuck around for quite some time. One such old timer is Koichi Sugiyama, who has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest video game composer.
Sugiyama, who is 85, was an accomplished composer before an interest in video games led to him working with Enix, now known as Square Enix, in 1985. A year later he scored Dragon Quest, the classic JRPG that would go on to spawn a massively successful franchise and cultural icon. Sugiyama’s work has popped up in other games over the years, but he remains involved in just about every spin-off and sequel of the much beloved series.
Those of you interested in checking out some of his work can look forward to the upcoming remake of Dragon Quest VII for 3DS, coming out on September 16 in North America. Sugiyama is also working on the next main entry in the franchise, Dragon Quest XI.