It was the first time you heard a particular note, drum beat or electronically created sound that made your ears tingle, your heart skip a beat and resonated with your soul. This is “My Song” – a series where the music that makes the person is spotlighted. James Bullock writes about a song that reminds him of his favorite video game and what it means to discover the truth about someone.
Recently on a gaming website there was a poll to ask every visitor about their ownership of the classic Playstation game “Final Fantasy VII”. Reading the question regarding what versions of the game is/was owned by the answerer, be it physical copies or digital, it struck me that the “Final Fantasy” that truly helped change my perception of what video games could do might be my favorite video game of all time. It’s the only role-playing game that I’ve played in full three times across three different consoles; with a fourth playthrough occurring now thanks to the purchase of a digital copy on PS4 (be on the look out for that playthrough here on CapricornCity.com). One of the main reason I enjoy “Final Fantasy VII” to this day is thanks to the game’s incredible soundtrack.
When I first played the game I didn’t care too much about the tunes. There were some standout tracks, but nothing truly resonated with me as a close-minded kid until I heard “The Great Warrior”. There comes a moment some twenty hours into the game that changes the perception a character has regarding his father that is incredibly well written and produces one emotional moment heightened by an epic song. I remember saving the game and replaying the scene just to record this song on my tape player so I could listen to it as much as I wanted. “The Great Warrior” not only makes me nostalgic, it also reminds me that you can’t always believe the stories you hear, be it good or bad, regarding the people in your life – you have to find out the truth for yourself.