Tommy Tallarico is a legend in the gaming industry. He has written over 300 video game scores, more than any other composer in gaming history. Video Games Live is a concert that focuses on proving that video games and video game music have legitimacy as an art form, and are not simply a series of bleeps and bloops. The concert’s success over the past 10 years is in no small part due to Tommy’s passion for his work, but also because of the fans who share in the experience.
This past weekend, fellow Zelda Universe news team member Amanda VanHiel and myself had the pleasure of attending Video Games Live in Atlanta, Ga and experienced the show for ourselves. Let me assure you, it did not disappoint. The music came from a number of different games and console generations; it wasn’t strictly Nintendo, but this was okay. In fact, it was welcomed, as the diversity of the music is part of what made the show so endearing.
If there was a piece I was unfamiliar with, the video accompanying it would help tell the story of the game in tandem with the music. This would cause the show to function very much like a silent film at times. The selection of music ranged from series such as Sonic, Mega Man, and Final Fantasy, as well as other lesser-known games like Shadow of the Colossus.
Me, Tommy Tallarico, and Amanda.
The concert was also very engaging and involved audience participation. During the music for Space Invaders and Guitar Hero, Tommy had members of the audience come up on stage to participate in the presentation and give them the opportunity to win prizes. The concert was a spectacle. The lighting (which may have made my eyes go a little insane!), the smoke that would go off from time to time, and the host himself, Tommy Tallarico, made Video Games Live more than just your average symphony. It was an experience.
From beginning to end I was enthralled by the superb presentation of the concert. Tommy was not only a fantastic host and entertainer, but also a performer, playing guitar in a number of different songs and showcasing his musical prowess to the audience on numerous occasions. The show seemed like it was made by video game fans so that gamers could not only enjoy the music that accompanies the games they love so dearly, but also to do it in a fun and unique way that you can’t find anywhere else. And that’s exactly what Video Games Live is: pure fun, and a venue where fans could celebrate gaming together. I had a ton of fun with Amanda and would love to go again sometime. It was unlike any symphony I have ever attended.
While they didn’t play any music from the Zelda series this time around, there was plenty of fan representation for the series, as I saw a lot of Zelda t-shirts. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I saw more Zelda shirts than any other gaming franchise. One fan who went on stage was even wearing a replica of Link’s scarf from Hyrule Warriors.
Find out if Video Games Live is performing in an area near you anytime soon, and be sure to check it out. It was sure worth the trip from Florida to Atlanta to attend, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!