cracks knuckles loudly
Well most recently Nier Automata has been my "yes, this is how music should be" and has even gotten me into looking into the soundtrack from Drakengarde 3 especially after learning of the vocalist Nami Nakagawa like.... god, music that's accompanied by a human voice that positively haunting even without knowing the meaning of the words beings sung I'm just...
Aside from that recent rabbit hole digging, I mean I grew up on the music from Final Fantasy, still love Yoko Shimomura's work in Kingdom Hearts and most recently Final Fantasy XV, had my musical awakening after hearing the soundtrack to Shadow of the Colossus, fell in love with Austin Wintory's work on Journey. Being able to see that live music performance at MAGFest was one of the most emotional experiences for me, like I was in the crowd sobbing to the point where my boyfriend at the time was concerned if I was okay like... I mean I have so many faves for so many different reasons. Like I'm a musician so of course I'm going to become crazy emotional and involved about the music in games.
On that note, for a REALLY weird pick, Jesper Kyd who most people know from Assassin's Creed II, back in the 90s did the soundtrack for a little bitty licensed Sega Genesis game.
Like I was FLOORED when I heard this piece because the kind of sound and tone it creates just feels SO ahead of its time and often reminds me a lot of the kinds of sounds coming from the electronic music scene today it's just kind of nuts to realize this thing was around in 1994 and especially on the Genesis which was notorious for having the most unappealing electronic fart music ever (not that I blame them, the sound chip on the Genesis is a pain to work with).
Oops there I go, being on a soap box again about video game music.