Journey, the visually stunning and emotionally powerful game from thatgamecompany, has sealed it’s fate in video game history by being the first full game to be nominated for a Grammy. The Grammies are pretty much the Oscars of the music industry, and for Journey to be nominated for “Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media category” is pretty huge.
Now, this isn’t the first time a video game has been mentioned at the award ceremony. Civilization 4’s incredible ‘Baba Yetu’ won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists in 2011, but this is the first FULL video game soundtrack to have been nominated. It will be up against such behemoths as John William’s ‘The Adventures of Tin Tin’ OST, Hans Zimmer’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ OST, Howard Shore’s ‘Hugo’, and Trent Reznor’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’. Interestingly enough, Reznor just composed the theme song for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Still gives me shivers.
Co-Founder of thatgamecompany, Kellee Santiago tweeted saying:
Followed by composer Austin Wintory who couldn’t express his astonishment at being nominated:
I have to say a huge congratulations to the team behind Journey, not only did they produce one of the most memorable and touching games of the year, but their work and dedication is getting recognition across the world, not just in the games industry. As one of my favorite games of the year, if not my favorite, I couldn’t be happier! I’ll leave you with a couple of samples of the soundtrack if any of you haven’t already bought the OST.
Only watch this one if you’ve played the game: