The times, they are a-changin'. In the past people used to pack into concert halls to take in a little Beethoven or Mozart, but in the twenty-first century the people prefer the sweet sounds of the Green Hill Zone and the Mushroom Kingdom. Video Games Live features live performances of classic video game music set against giant video screens that play clip reels of the game currently being performed. AMN's Ray Almeda was invited to attend the show recently and he's put together a comprehensive look at what to expect once you plop down in your seat at the concert hall.
Look at some of the music featured, with several classics that you just won’t get anywhere else from another concert:
Mario™, Zelda®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Kingdom Hearts®, Castlevania®, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Final Fantasy®, Tron, Tomb Raider®, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil™, Tom Clancy medley (Splinter Cell®, Ghost Recon™, Rainbow Six®), EverQuest® II and a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong® to Donkey Kong® including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders, Outrun & Robotron.
Video Games Live travels from place to place in order to spread the game music love. I'd like to see the show sometime if it ever gets down to my corner of the world, but I fear I wouldn't recognize much of the music. Sure, Super Mario and Legend of Zelda I know, but I haven't spent near enough time to pick out the tunes from Tomb Raider or Advent Rising. That's the peculiar thing about game music. Hearing songs from a beloved game always makes me smile and occasionally gives me goosebumps, but unfamiliar tunes inspire a "Hmm, I wonder what they're playing next" mentality.