And yeah, I'm definitely in the camp that loves Westerberg's lyrics. One advantage Westerberg has, I think, is that he doesn't convey that sense that is so typical of alternative lyricists, the sense that they are poets and are burdened with the responsibility of enlightening their listeners. That's not to say that rock music isn't poetry- I firmly believe it is- but you're certainly not supposed to shove it down our throats. Westerberg's lyrics, at least to my ears, come off as naturally spoken, and while not always 'profound', they're almost always genuine. And hell, I would personally list "Bastards of Young" in the "profound" category.
Y'know, I've heard nothing but good things about The Masquerade Bloodlines, and it's been on my "to play" list for I don't know how long now. I really need to find time to play it. I need a good RPG.
My favorite game? Sheesh, tough one. I'm currently playing Planescape: Torment, and I can already tell that that's a very strong contender. It's definitely not for everyone- I like to read, and I still want to skip through a lot of the mountain of dialogue- but damn, I haven't been this interested in the plot of a video game in a long time. Damn solid writing. Of course, I'm not comfortable considering a game I haven't even beaten, though I've heard the ending is the best part of this game, so I'm not expecting a ME3 situation (though I still love ME3, even with the questionable ending; didn't ruin my experience like it did for others).
If we're allowing nostalgia come into this, then Metal Gear Solid 3 has to be considered. It was the first and, to date, is the only game I have beaten in one sitting. Loved it. Knights of the Old Republic also gets major nostalgia points. Mass Effect would probably be my favorite game series.