Wilbert Roget, II is an award-winning video game composer, whose scores include games in the Star Warsuniverse, such as Star Wars: The Old Republicand Star Wars: First Assault – written when he was a staff composer for LucasArts – as well as Call of Duty: WWII, the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: Vader Immortal, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Anew: The Distant Light and Mortal Kombat 11. He spoke to Limelight ahead of his appearance at Australia’s games music and audio conference High Score 2020.
Wilbert Roget, II. Photo © Ian Grant
What were your first experiences of video games – and video game music?
Funny enough, one of my earliest memories of gaming was playing Mortal Kombatfor the first time! I was at my middle school friend’s birthday party at the arcade, his dad handed us a bunch of quarters and I saw this machine with realistic, cinematic graphics (…for its time). I fell in love immediately, and that started my many-years-long obsession with both video games and the martial arts....