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Loud Noises!

Working at a gaming centre has its perks, other than the obvious FREE gaming! My boss received a bunch of free tickets to Video Games Live (first time ever in Winnipeg) so the three staff members (including me of course) went to go see it with him last night. Basically what happens is that a full orchestra plays the music from select video games while a large screen plays clips from the game. It was really nice to see that the music was being played by our very own Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

The games I remember seeing were Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Final Fantasy, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros., Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Tetris, Kingdom Hearts, God of War, a montage of all the classics started with Pong, and of course World of Warcraft. There was also an appearance by the Video Game Pianist Martin Leung.

Overall, I really enjoyed the entire thing. The music was wonderfully done and the clips were great to watch. There was even a full choir (whose name escapes me) that was just amazing at singing. It was like watching the real music being recorded for the games. However, there were a bunch of very loud guys sitting behind us that were PlayStation fanboys, which meant a lot of yelling and cheering when they showed Metal Gear Solid and a lot of booing when they showed Halo. Both my boss and I wanted to turn around and make some snide comments, or at least tell them to shut the heck up. We didn’t though.

I was disappointed in the World of Warcraft section. I did not recognize any of the music that was played and I’m someone who actually listens and enjoys the in-game music. The clips were just cinematics from Warcraft III and WoW, plus a couple from the Wrath of the Lich King trailer. It was all right but it could have been much better.

One thing that my boss and I realized is that we may be geeks but we are not gamer geeks. If they hadn’t told us what most of the titles to the games were, we wouldn’t have recognized them. The performance from Martin Leung was great but we had no clue as to the songs he was playing. Everyone else was cheering at hearing songs they recognized, where as we just looked at each other in confusion. Oh well, I never claimed to be a hardcore gamer 🙂


  1. Posted June 7, 2008 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I love soundtracks, thats from films, tv, and ofc Games! I have a small collection of ever growing tracks on my iTunes and unfortunately I probably would have been able to pick where the different bits of music were coming from. So wish I could have been there to seen it.

  2. Posted June 7, 2008 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I heard/saw Video Games Live at Blizzcon and loved them – but they were playing a concert that was heavy on the Starcraft and Wow music. Their performance was also merged with the group that did the new tavern music, and then a performance of Lament of the HIghborne which was sung by the original artist Vangie Gunn – clip of her performance on wow wiki:
    VGL played a lot of other music too and I only recognized some of the games, and would not have been able to match music with game had they not given the info. But I was incredibly impressed with the music and since then have made an effort to stop and listen to audio in all the different cities. Really amazing how much work goes into all the game details – and I now notice lack of music in other games, or just dull or poorly chosen music.

  3. Posted June 8, 2008 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    @ Noobiewan: Heck, if they can have it in little ol’ Winnipeg, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it in a nearby city. Hope the music doesn’t go over your head like it did to me!

    @batgrl: I love Lament of the Highbourne! I hope I can make it to a Blizzcon one day, it would be a blast 🙂