KAtamari Damacy is one of my favorite, and still one of the freshest and most creative, games from the last 20 years.
Me, I just got bored with video games around the time I started listening to music seriously. I don't know how much cause-and-effect there was there. It was around the time that seemingly every second game was a FPS, too.
Did you like the Secret of Mana games? They were actually of a series that got renamed (and "deserialized" -- not sure if thst's a word) for the US market and I thought they were all pretty good games.