I used to be a huge video game nerd (HUGE because I was kind of fat once), but this is a vice I’ve now, by and large, given up.
RPGs at one point were my bread and butter and while I wasn’t hipster enough for the Dragon Quest series, Final Fantasy was definitely my poison. Again, I wasn’t hardcore enough to have started this at an early, early age – when my diet was mostly Mega Man X and first party Nintendo games – but I did get in when most of my generation did, with Final Fantasy VII.
Oddly enough, though my RPG journey took me all the way through Final Fantasy X, I didn’t bother taking the plunge into Square’s (or was it Square-Enix then already?) first direct Final Fantasy sequel, Final Fantasy X-2.
Now, the main thing you need to know about X and X-2 is that the latter features a lot more singing because the protagonist is now also a pop singer…? Fuck, I don’t know – you can’t expect me to research this can you?
Well, here’s the Main Theme for the game, which, coincidentally, is now ringing in my brain incessantly:
This is a song I have quite a history with, if one anecdote can constitute “quite a history.” In my mid-teens, I was obsessed with video game scores and my music library traces my musical interests all the way back to their inception.
So one lazy day, iTunes decided to pull up this little infectious gem at random, as iTunes is wont to do on shuffle, and it inadvertently unearthed a strong desire to sing-along to female vocals.
Seriously – give it a listen and tell me you DON’T want to belt it right along with Yuna (that’s the protagonist, FYI).
It goes well at home, in your office, in the car – makes people next to you super uncomfortable, especially if you sing along without breaking eye contact.
I’m not a professional singer, but I don’t think this song’s even that difficult to perform satisfactorily and if no one’s there judging you, you’ll definitely feel pretty good about yourself afterwards because something about the song’s scale makes it feel like a fucking accomplishment every time you sing it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there are some drivers in need of an awkward moment.