I’m not sure if there’s already been a thread about this, but one of my favourite things about games is that they can often be a great example of a “gateway” medium that leads you to all kinds of other things. A few examples for me are:
Probably the earliest one of these is Final Fantasy VII, which, through the Loveless poster, led me to My Bloody Valentine and their album of that same name. There’s something about the whole atmosphere of the album that reminds me of Midgar, and (by coincidence) some of the digitally sampled textures hearken to Nobuo Uematsu’s soundtrack as well: the prime example being ‘Touched’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET_lQvOBgPc).
The Silent Hill games were another massive one as well; I could argue that my entire exploration of the horror genre has been an attempt to recapture the feeling of playing Silent Hill 2 on grey days in my little bedroom on the old CRT monitor. What I love about those games is how they synthesised their influences into something distinct: they weren’t just paying homage to horror cinema (arguably Silent Hill 1 kind of was), but used all kinds of weird reference points to create works of horror that stand on their own. Most significantly, Silent Hill introduced me the work of David Lynch, so COLOSSAL THANKS TO TEAM SILENT.