As a musician myself i can honestly say that im always interested in soundtracks of games coming out these days, and i think its a often under appreciated aspect of games abroad. The music of a game although will not necessarily make or break it as a title but if done correctly it adds a aspect of uniqueness and immersion that is simply beyond words.
For example look at the amazing music in the command & conquer franchise all from the mind of musical brainchild frank klepacki who's works are simply un paralleled across the industry, his dynamic ability to create such immense pieces and icon tunes are fresh in the minds of most real time strategy gamers around the world.
I also remember back to the painkiller days, with music by Marcin "Cedyń" Czartyński which had some of the best prog rock music ive still ever heard to date, this is a great example of what a good musical score can bring to a game as i don't think painkiller would have ever been as good of a game had it not had such powerful music. Its music would get your blood pumping and your mind raging to go viking style on the hordes of hell!
The halo series on consoles also had a amazing soundtrack in all 3 of its titles and a true diversity as well, ranging from orchestral tracks, electronic ambient pieces down to the killer riffs and solos of steve vai. This alone gave halo another unique edge that set it apart from the rest.
Yet another classic is the music from the final fantasy series which is simply beyond words in its composition and execution that creates a dynamic simply dreamy music that is really a step above any other role playing game's music to date, whether you loved or hated the games the music is simply fantastic.
With such unique music coming out of the industry it is acting as inspiration for all up and coming musicians that plan on getting into writing music for games. But whats more with such quality already apparent it is really exciting to think about what our ears and minds will be treated to in the coming years.
It also raises the question, with gaming becoming more mainstream by the day and gaining more recognition as a valid hobby throughout society, with such specific targeted music i wonder when we will start to see concerts and performances from the artists that create such pieces? surely one would assume with such popularity growing by the day the time will soon come when such things could be arranged and be profitable not only for the musicians but for the game developers themselves.
I know i personally am looking forward to the day i have the opportunity to purchase tickets to my favorite game music artists concert, as im sure any avid hardcore gamer would be, the music that we game to is after all the inspiration and drive that captivates the mind and charges it forward into battle, for thousands of years armys have had drummers and score of minstrels to amp up their troops, and as we see the digital battlefield emerge with the combat switching to mind vs mind nothing has changed even today all be it the creativity allowed is far more immense.
Do yourself a favor, next time you load up your favorite game sit back and listen to your favorite tracks and appreciate the artistic work that went in to create that music and pay the artist their due respects for without them the game would be a silent application with only battle cries and bullet fire to entertain you.