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Video Games Live November 5, 2008

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About two weeks ago Chris and I went along to see Video Games Live at the Royal Festival Thingy. We were the only people there who weren’t 15 or the parents of a 15 year old, though why we were shocked by that I don’t know. It was a proper geek fest, some people dressed up and most wore floor length leather jackets. Mmm… sexy.

The concept of VGL is a fun one – the English Chamber Orchestra and a choir play the music from video games past and present while a little montage of the game is projected above them. Not being a massive gamer I’d only heard of three or four of the games, and I certainly didn’t cheer on cue when certain games manufacturers were mentioned. In fact, I think I missed most of the in-jokes. The music itself made up for it though; most of it is beautiful, with a really heavy leaning towards operatic war epics where the violin players looked like they might catch fire. Alas the entire experience was a little dry as the orchestra doesn’t have a proper live drummer – they’ve got a couple of percussionists, including a rather bored looked timpani players, but they don’t have anyone just playing a drum kit. Instead the drum track is pre-recorded and the orchestra just play along to this. It really dampened the atmosphere, if the entire point of the event is to show that the music and emotions in gaming isn’t artificial then why not shell out for a proper drummer?

We were also treated to a bizarre appearance from a Guiness Book of Records guy who awarded them with the dubious honour of having played video games music to the most amount of people in one year. Errr…

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