I saw Tommy Tallarico’s VGL show at the Mesa Arts Center!
OMG there is nothing I love more than hearing you talk =-) Vlogs are my favorite! Thank for you, Noah!
No way! I was there just tonight as well. =3 Geez, how ever did I miss picking Spoony out of the crowd?
Yay! Vlogs are the best!
What? No FF8 music? I would have demanded my money back. *said in the most deadpan voice of all time*
Tommy and Steven Tyler are cousins.
Awesome :3 been awhile since you’ve vlog’d.I always find it interesting to listen to your random awesome ramblings
nice Vlog :D
Spoony I have a suggesstion, would it be possible to render the vlogs in SD rather than HD?. It’s just given the file size of a near 50 minute HD video it takes forever to load and at times it pauses for a minute just to load more of the video only to play about 1 second of it and stop to load more of the video. I just think going all the way when it comes to video quality for something as simple as a vlog seems like a bit much. The reviews I can understand but vlogs?…not really
Get a better computer.
It’s not the computer, it’s the internet connection. I have some problems, as my net speed is JUST fast enough to download the video fast enough to watch it. The UK does have slower net speeds (hell, I live in Sheffield, the UK’s SIXTH largest city, and I can’t even get fibreoptic!), so the guy’s complaint is valid.
Get a better internet connection.
He just explained he can’t. Get a better personality.
I just pause the video for 5-10minutes and let the video buffer out completely. Then I can watch the video without all the pauses. Yeah, it kinda sucks having to pause it and not watch it instantly. However, 5 years ago it would have taken all day to get the video to buffer out.
I’ve seen video games live twice. Once at the Hollywood Bowl and another time after E3 last year they performed at the Nokia Theater across the street from E3. And both times it wasn’t exactly a sold out house. Although part of me thinks that because both times were during the week so maybe that might have had something to do with the turn out.
At the show in the Hollywood Bowl for the Space Invaders portion they had the Goodyear blimp flying over the bowl keeping the 2 min time limit for the game. So that was pretty cool. Also at that show they had 2 audience members come up on the stage and play Frogger on the big screen while the orchestra played the Frogger theme. The only problem was that the people playing sucked so much that every time the orchestra started playing they had to stop about 5 seconds in.
At the show after E3 last year they also had a guitar hero segment. Apparently they had some competition at E3 earlier that day and the winner got to perform on stage for a prize. I can’t remember what song he played but it looked really tough. But the guy playing really knew what he was doing and just killed it. At one point I think he even started playing behind his back.
I do wish more people were there but it was a very enjoyable show.
Whilst we (We being Anchorage ALASKA) will likely never get VGL up here, we did totally manage to snag a free Brentalfloss concert, which is pretty damn good in it’s own right.
I would like to see some live music from the Homeworld series, it’s a very good soundtract IMHO. :)
Check it out Spoony!
They should do this soundtrack too!
Gonna have to agree with Tron seeming a bit out of place. I can understand why they put it in there since it was a movie about getting sucked into a computer and having to play games, but it’s still from a movie. Perhaps it’s to broaden the appeal to some of the non-gamers.
That’s kind of amazing that the guy failed Guitar Hero. That’s a regular bit in the concert and was included all three times I went, and it made an appearance on the DVD (and yes, they always wanted it pumped up to the highest difficulty), but I’ve never heard of the player failing on stage before.
Agreed with Laura Intravia being awesome. I saw her for the first time at the latest Seattle concert, and it was pretty amazing. Not only was she a great flautist and vocalist, but her in-character skit was funny as well. Still Alive was disappointing, though. She sang it well, but when I went to the show it was just Tommy going solo on guitar, Laura singing, and the audience singing along, and that got broken up when the audience burst out laughing when they popped up a Duke Nukem Forever shot after the “out of beta” line. It just felt dull compared to the rest of the concert.
Also agreed that Metal Gear Solid needs more coverage. They played the MGS2 version of the main theme the first time I saw the concert, but I haven’t heard it since.
As for the orchestra sounding larger than it was, that’s partly because they actually mic the individual instruments and run it through a sound board, so everything’s amped up. They also have some pre-recorded bits playing along with the live music, like in Metal Gear Solid where they had electronic percussion, and Metroid where they actually had the 8-bit title screen music that the orchestra played along with.
Thanks for the Vlog, it brought back a lot of good memories from the showings I went to.
its awesome that this could inspire you spoonyone but this leads one to demand a FF7 play through!
I remember going to a concert of the biggest pagan metal bands in Germany, somehow I was among the 8 people who stayed till the end, I got a beer for free and they played 2 songs which they didn’t even rehearse. THAT’S what you call a concert.
Steve Tyler is Tommy Tallarico’s cousin, IIRC. Makes sense to put some Aerosmith in there
I have seen this in the UK every year it’s been here. Really good show, highly recommendable
Heh… like any good bands and shows, Video Games live avoids entering the borders of Poland – they were here once and I guess, they were here once and it seems like they’re not coming back… I’m not surprise, after leaving this shithole, I wouldn’t get back, either.
I’m sure you have never experienced the internet in a third world country. It takes a very long time here in the Philippines.
Revolver Ocelot was a Adam the under cover agent in MGS3 then he was a member of the patriots and never was possessed by liquid snake it was the nano bots mentioned in MGS4
I missed this when it came here to Orlando. Kinda sad I did now. I was not sure what it actually was. Going to have to keep an eye out now for the next time this visits here.
I’ve been waiting for months for the VGL to hit my city. Now I’m even more fucking excited!!
I would love to go see them. I love video game music. Much more the newer stuff then the older. I saw youtube video’s of them doing a PHENOMENAL part of Guild Wars and Morrowind, which both have scores that just cry out for a live orchestra rendition. (good old Jeremy Soule)
The problem is I live in Belgium and the closest they got was Berlin. So yeah :s bummer :(
edit: With the Guild wars and Morrowind…I may be thinking of ‘Play!’. A similar group of concerts. I’m always getting confused between those 2.
I know what you mean about Still Alive and Portal. That whole hype is sooooo overrated. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a great game. And I enjoyed the hell out of it. But ‘the interwebs’ seem to worship it like it’s some sort of divine creation (well anything Valve does have that effect it seems). And it’s not. It has flaws like any other video game.
It’s almost a joke now that if you want to make something on the internet ( a video, flash animation, flash game, webcartoon, anything) and you want some extra attention: Just thrown in a Portal reference.
Instant nerdy popularity.
I know people will comment here that I’m being down on Portal. But I’m not. It’s just the everlasting, mindless worship of it.
And Spoony is wrong. It’s loooooooong from dead.
And it’s only going to get worse now that Portal 2 is coming out.
I wouldn’t say it’s *dead* necessarily, but it is extremely played out. It was funny the first few times; now, whenever I see people saying, “The cake is a lie,” I just see them as being unoriginal.
I think the new Portal reference (after Portal 2 comes out) will involve adding “you monster” to the end of a compliment or generally good comment.
The cake is a lie, you monster. xP I’m sorry! I had to.
A friend got me the soundtrack to Video Games Live for my birthday last year. It’s pretty good. I really wouldn’t mind seeing them.
Speaking of videogame music, I got tickets to go see Distant Worlds: The Music Of Final Fantasy next month. Nobou Uematsu is going to be in attendance. I am VERY excited.
C&C has awesome music, here’s VGL with Frank Klepacki (the dude who basically made all the music until Red Alert 3) performing a Hell March arrangement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksim7UQ5YfY m/
Friggin’ power of love. How does it work?
The usual b.s.:
You gotta say “I love you” and kiss passionately.
It doesn’t matter if you actually have or feel love, as long as you verbally and physically show love.
You wanna hear a story similar to that?
I rented that game (and used my own memory card) and attempted to get every single thing done in that game, including trying to defeat that big-ass weapon in the ocean. The only thing I couldn’t do was defeat that weapon, and I figured that if I couldn’t defeat that thing, I couldn’t defeat the final boss.
I didn’t realize FF7 was one of those games at actually has a boss that’s actually stronger and tougher than the final boss. By the time I found this out, I didn’t even have the save state for the game anymore, and since I didn’t want to redo all that FF7 crap over again, I didn’t bother.
Thanks for the heads up Spoony! VGL is coming to my city soon…I’ll be sure to check it out.
Incidentally, if you like video game music (and metal m/ ) check out Powerglove! (it’s a band)
I might be missing something, but you mean Hell march?
That was the theme song to the first Red Alert, which came after the original Command & Conquer.
Know your shit Spoony :)
I didn’t even notice this before, but this Vlog is 46 MINUTES! Despite this, I liked it so much that I kinda wanted more. lol
I feel your videos are way more interesting when they’re not about wrestling, but instead, are about video-games and movies and stuff to do with them. Even if it’s about stuff that you don’t hate at all, I still either like it or love it (especially the role-played / edited stuff).
Holy Hell, Tommy Tallarico! God, I miss that man.
I first came across Tommy on G4 (back when it was fun, heh) with his show Judgment Day (or Reviews on the Run in Canada) and we got along well there on the G4 forums, where I eventually became a moderator and I went on to be a moderator of his forums when he got his site up. I even finally met Tommy in person at the San Diego Comic Convention in 2005.
At this time, Video Games Live was new. It’s first run was actually canceled because it wasn’t advertised right, there wasn’t enough interest/awareness, so they took a step back, prepared better and launched off right and it’s really good to see that it’s still going on today!
The only thing is, VGL really has taken up Tommy’s life ever since it started, and he’s dedicated everything to it to keep it going and to keep entertaining others. He stopped going to his own website and although I could never fault him for that, if anything I praise him more for DOING something rather than goofing off on the internet (…something I still need to work on, heh), but that was the big drifting away point for a lot of his fans. That’s another great thing about him, he made himself very accessible to people who saw him on TV or loved his music. Hell, he (and co-star Victor Lucas) even mentioned me and my Mullet on a few of their episodes!
Listening to this actually makes me a little depressed in the sense that I do miss the guy. I’ve never even been able to go to his shows due to lack of transportation/money/etc. In fact, one of the reasons I love Spoony so much is because he reminds me so much of Tommy, and in one video (I can’t remember which) I believe I even left a comment telling Spoony not to let some judgmental jerks get to him and I compared it to Tommy (Tommy had a LOT of whining piss-baby Nintendo fans go after him just because he didn’t obsess over the games as much as they did, it was a really long-lasting immature situation which gave birth to the term “Tommyknockers” for his anti-fans).
Tommy really is a fun guy. He’s like a big kid that just loves to have fun and just briefly looking at the guy shows he has that energy. He loves Spider-Man and Tron (which is why Tron is in the show) and of course video games and he’s just so passionate about anything he loves. And he’s one hell of a workaholic too, getting only 4 hours of sleep a day and functioning fine (at least that’s how he was the last time I saw him, though I don’t see him changing his routine much anytime soon, heh).
I can go on and on about Tommy, which I already have, so I think I’ll stop here before I miss the guy even more.
This sounds like it was a lot of fun. I had heard about this from Paw’s video game music videos.
Sorry to hear about your save being corrupted, that really sucks.
Hope you can get back on your feet, and can finish your reviews soon. Love you man.
i would love to see this live, sadly the few times they have included belfast in the tour schedule it’s been cancelled.
quite surprised thats for such a huge FF7 set it seems they don’t include aeris’s theme
Unless they’ve changed things recently, they don’t actually do a huge FF7 set in the show, just One Winged Angel. In fact, most games only get one song per show in Video Games Live, although sometimes that song is a medley consisting of numerous songs from the game or series. The only exception I’m aware of is World of Warcraft where they sometimes play what I assume is the music from the intro cinematic as well as Lament of the Highborne.
I still love Still Alive. It is the best song from any video game ever. But the cake is cut and dead now.
Actually if you go to their site there are some basic info on sales, like “sold out” or “sold lots”, so it’s not all that bad.
They don’t do Comix Zone, it’s a shame.
As for Assassin’s Creed, Jesper Kyd compose this series score and he does some really good stuff in my opinion, most people know him as Hitman series composer, speaking of Hitman, another missed opportunity. They play Splinter Cell though, but I wounder which OST, Jesper’s or Amon’s, or maybe both.
Blaster Master. Holy shit, they need to do Blaster Master.
Glad to hear you’re bouncing back.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
It’s funny how there are some lines in this where you sound more like the Cinema Snob than in the actual Spoony Snob review.
Tommy actually use to do a video game review show in Canada called “Reviews on the Run”. The Tron choices were from his love of Tron both in video game form and the movie. He absolutely loves it and your right, he is doing this out of love. I think judgment day on G4, before they axed all the good shows, was the same a reviews on the run.
My fondest memory of Judgment Day was Tommy yelling “TRON!!!” when they reviewed Tron 2.0.
Even better was his High Heat Baseball review where he just stopped saying anything and simply drove off. Of course he had a plane to catch, but it was still funny as Hell that he actually did that!
And everything else leading up to the 0.0 Tommy Score for that game was friggin’ hilarious.
I almost want to dig up my recorded tapes of the show, but I’ll probably just make myself sad. You really don’t get a TV show like Judgment Day/RotR anymore. Well, unless you count Spoony! He tears into Final Fantasy like Tommy tore into Kirby!
ok i must be the only person who never played portal, so the whole cake thing means little to nothing for me. i also had to look up still alive, it’s alright not amazing. at least it’s not the crap from FF8
Great vid. I caught these guys a year go or so (was at Boston I think, memory sucks.) You really need to see the ending to FF VII. If you do not think about the sequels, its far more ambiguous and (if anything) I think it would have implied humanity dying, but the planet living.
I haven’t seen this show, but I’ve seen similar smaller shows about playing video game music, and during intermission, they had this guy playing various Pokemon 8-bit stuff on guitar, and you could barely call it an intermission, cause no one wanted to miss it. Oh, and the cake being dead is so true. I wonder what Portal 2 will replace it with.
The reason for the GH: Aerosmith segment is because Steven Tyler is Tommy Tallarico’s cousin.
Video Games Live is coming to Vancouver next week, so I’m definitely going to see about going, especially if it’s kind of the same atmosphere you had going on (in just how much fun they were having with it). I know I’d emit an ear piercing fangirl squee if they do something of a Fire Emblem set (unlikely) or a Heroes of Might and Magic set (INCREDIBLY unlikely), but expensive as the tickets might be, it just seems like a lot of fun.
Yes! i love your vlogs i need more hehe
Sounds like a cool show. The closest they’re coming to me is London but the date is still TBA. If I have the money though I might check it out myself.
Whoever told you about the FF7 ending is an asshole. There is no hand holding or singing. Quick summary, at the end, after holy fails, everybody’s freaking out and they all think they’re gonna die. All of a sudden, the lifestream starts to leak out and surrounds meteor. Then it fades to white, and flashes a few 100 years later, and it shows Red XIII and his children running towards the ruins of Midgar, which is surrounded by plants and trees and other greenery. I guess it’s supposed to symbolize Aeris, and how her passion towards saving the world was so strong that it caused the lifestream to go into action. So, it’s still a bit sappy I guess, but not as gay as you assumed.
You know, I never thought I’d say this, but actually reading about the ending (after purposely having forgotten it), the whole holding hands carebear bit actually sounds like an *improvement* upon it. Seriously, there’s just no way around it, love the game or hate it, 7′s ending was just garbage…so it’s kind of like a Stephen King novel if King were taking writing lessons from Koontz…and if Koontz were a weeaboo.
This is why I eventually decided to just stick with Final Fantasy 6. Now THAT was ending!
I was always kinda partial to FFIV’s ending myself. Getting to see what everyone does after the end and all. FFVI’s ending was good, and certainly thematic and evocative of the overall sense of the game. But I wanted to know what happened *next*.
“Well, that was a fun musical moment, wasn’t it? Let’s see, what do we do now? …Huh, the world is still a bit shit, isn’t it? I can see why Kefka wanted to just get rid of it all…well, now I feel stupid for killing him before he could finish. Shall we try the jumping off the cliff bit again?”
As if there’s a suicide technique in existence that would work on Sabin.
I mean. My god. The house couldn’t crush him. What’s a cliff gonna do?
And we’ve already seen what he can do to a friggin’ TRAIN!
I guess the only way he could kill himself is if he just stuck around a bit longer and waiting for the obnoxious, overzealous Final Fantasy 7 fans.
I know it damn-near killed me.
I remember Tommy Tallarico had a show on G4 years ago and I always thought he was kind of a douchebag. I found out years later that he had done music on some of my favorite games (Sacrifice come foremost to my mind). He might still be a douche (I’ve never met the guy), but I can’t fault his music.
I think he only did “Reviews on the Run” with Victor Lucas on the Electric Playground. He was kind of a loudmouth, but they both had good chemistry for reviews.
Spoony, we love your Vlogs. Even if it’s just random shit, we love to hear it.
welcome back Spoony we missed you. Sometimes all you need is a reminder of why you love something.
and Flute Link is OMG yummy epic.
If you get the chance go see the Distant Worlds concert. Its a amazing show I’m sure you would enjoy the music from Final Fantasy.
The fans are with you Spoony! You can do eet! Kick it in its hairy bawls!
I remember getting my copy of Advent Rising; I liked some of the concepts and the gameplay wasn’t horrendous (save for the vehicle sections) but it did get repetitive fighting the same enemies over and over again. It got to the point where I wanted to drop all my guns and just rely on my superpowers which were a little more fun. But yeah, it was a huge flop, which is too bad ’cause I’ve always wondered how that series would end.
Spoony would you fight Sepiroth and beat FF7 if someone sent you a memory card with everything accomplished and collected up to that fight, and if so, would you make a video about it?
Not that I have a working PS, FF7 or a memory card (I’m sure someone would be happy to provide it, anyway), but I do wonder if you’d do it.
Steve Tyler is Tommy’s cousin, by the by.
I have always wanted to see VGL it sounds awesome, I myself try often to see (unrelated) the Trans-Siberian orchestra, another awesome concert. also i saw it in the video and i hope someone didn’t beat me to it http://twitpic.com/4ieuhe that’s for you feel free to copy use obviously since its your face lol. same goes to all in the comments :D
Actually, the ending to Final Fantasy VII is a bit darker than you’ve heard, and I’m sure several people have told you this already and perhaps you’ve discovered by yourself by now with one of those YouTube videos, but I’d like to give my take on it anyway-and obviously this involves SPOILERS.
There is a bit of a Deus Ex Machina element to it but with a somewhat unique twist in that the Deus Ex Machina effectively turns on them. From what I recall they say something like “Holy is having the opposite effect”, meaning that instead of destroying Meteor, it’s kind of helping it along-although ultimately it prevents it from causing nearly as much devastation as it could have. There is no moment at all where they gather together and sing a song-I can tell you that much for certain.
I think the reasoning for what Holy does is that Meteor is landing straight on top of Midgar-which is basically the number one threat to the planet besides Meteor itself with all of its Mako reactors. I think that what they say about Holy “helping” Meteor is either a mistranslation or intended to be spoken from that character’s perspective not entirely knowing what’s going on. I’m not sure that Holy so much as “helps” Meteor as it serves to soften the impact and prevent it from causing more damage than it needs to-this should be fairly obvious so I’m not sure where the impression that it was helping Meteor came from because I highly doubt that Meteor would need help to destroy Midgar.
Then there’s the 500 years later bit which you also see in the intro to Advent Children. It’s basically demonstrating that the planet lives on and that’s fairly straightforward I think.
I still love “Still Alive”, but I have to agree that cake thing is dead. Even Portal’s writer said he was sick of them, but he couldn’t resist putting one cake reference, so be ready.
So you’re probably going to get flooded with messages saying this, but apparently Tallarico is Steve Tyler’s cousin.
Oh, one more thing I forgot to say before; NO GUILE THEME!?
Man, that would seriously leave me with musical blue-balls if someone was doing street fighter music but didn’t play Guile’s! I think Zangief’s may actually be my favorite, but it just wouldn’t feel complete without Guile’s theme playing.
The exact same thing happened to me on FF7. I played the game as you did and got alot of extras/beats some of the weapons then, one night i went the north crater to fight Sephiroth, i walked into the crater and then looked at the time, it was 2am and i had to be up early so i went back out and saved:
“I’ll do it in the morning!”
Next morning, “Data Corrupted” ..and since then i always make staggered saves in games, for everything, on every system!
On reflection though it was a cheap memory card i bought at a market for £3/$6 so i’ll take half the blame.
It was a bug in the game code. if you saved literally right before you fought Sephiroth in the crater you had a much much greater chance of the game not being able to read the save on a 3rd party memory card. Happened to me after that i only ever bought Sony memory cards for my PSX.
I actually went to Video Games Live last year in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Symphony is one of the best in the country and it’s a fairly large venue. I personally find the orchestra I saw much better than the dvd. I absolutely loved it, had chills almost half the concert. All the audience participation troubles that appeared when you saw it were not there in Pittsburgh. They did change things up a bit, so half the songs you’re talking about I didn’t hear.
Instead of Tron, Street Fighter and Outrun, we got Sonic, Mass Effect and Shadow of Colossus (which I never heard of until that concert). We also had a Zelda medley, no Still Alive, and our encore I believe was Chrono Trigger.
If I could make a suggestion, trying to see it in a bigger venue may change the show a little. It was a whole different experience for me being both a gamer and a musician as well. This is going to be a yearly thing for my friends and I to go to. Oh, and our guitar hero he didn’t fail.
Also, they didn’t do space invaders they did frogger instead.
Sigh, just talking about this, I want to go play a game now and listen to the music!
I feel your pain. FFVII turned me into a saveoholic. It was ‘only’ about fifteen hours into the game that my file corrupted, but I was still gutted. And, yes, Still Alive is getting old, but god help me, I sing it every time I fire up Portal and will be singing it all through Portal 2 soon :(
I have never heard that Doctor WHo line though. Is it from the newer stuff, because I really don’t bother with that at all, I just watch the old stuff when the mood takes me.
I had no idea about there being a bug in the crater on FF7. Such an evil spot for there to be a save game reading bug lol.
But anyway from what I remember Spoony was wrong an they don’t just hug each other an beat Meteor with the power of love. Pretty sure it was Aerith an the Life Stream that beats it. Everyone was hugging each other cause they thought they were about to freaking die. Or at least that is the way I interpreted it. Speaking of which whether they even survived was left up to interpretation in the games ending. After the credits only the sentient Lion race was shown so it was hinted that maybe Humans were purged for their sins against the planet.
Of course Advent Children came out an ruined that theory lol.
Well after Red and his cubs, the FF logo comes up and you hear children laughing, so I think the game was indirectly telling you humanity wasn’t purged by the lifestream.
I took it as the laughter of red’s cubs, his species can talk afterall.
I’m out of the loop on both the Portal song (The cake comments I understand :P ) or Dr. Who (Classic Scifi show with a great premise..a character that shapeshifts into new actors? Genius!!). So I guess I’m benefiting by being ignorant on the whole time traveling comments.
If you are going to e3 again this year theyll be back in LA im gonna definitely go check it out
Speaking of anti-memes, are you sure you didn’t hear that Who quote OVER 9000 times??? (you actually came very close to saying this in the video)
Anyways, love the vlogs as always, they are nearly as entertaining as your full reviews, and much easier for you to produce no?
Ah, Vlog rambles. Always great. Yay!
I’ve never really caught on to that appeal of the “Still Alive” song. I heard it once and thought, “Oh, that’s nifty.” Then five minutes later I promptly forgot about it. I just don’t get why it was a craze or whatever it was…
Spoony, if you wanna see the entire final battle and ending, here you go:
I hope that was satisfactory.
Sounds like it was a great concert Spoony. I think you were misinformed about the final fantasy VII ending, there’s no joining hands and using love to save the world. In fact, if you watch past the credits; it suggests that humanity is completely wiped out by Holy/The Planet.
I thought it was just Midgar that was destroyed. And there was no “power of friendship/ heart of the cards” thing there. Just rewatched it, very ambiguous ending. Really have to give Square credit, I forgot open and mysterious it was. I think I might have to replay FF7.
It really is open to interpretation. A lot of people seem to get very different ideas of what it means but I don’t think anyone is right or wrong, the beauty of ambiguity done well.
Just to let you know Spoony your starting to develop a nasty habit of looking away from the camera to the right.
Tommy Tallarico is Steven Tyler’s cousin. :o
Nice to see a good Spoony Vlog again. I am far from an expert on video game music, but you made me want to go see this now, thanks!
My experience at the Florida Ft. Lauderdale Broward Center was different in the sense that the place was pact, bottom and balcony, the only place that wan’t filled was close to the performers, and I was close so I mean really close was empty. I hope he comes to there again next year! Also you saw the head banging cello guy too?!?! There is a Master Chief guy works with Tommy, also the MC back plate fell when I saw it, still funny. And the guy said he done it to expert at my show, and the Blue Ray I bought, and he does have connection to Aerosmith, but my guy he won, on his 18th birthday (and yes we all sang happy birthday). Sad that my show didn’t have Mega Man. Aww I got no space invader guy, and I got no flute Link, I got the Blindfold Mario piano player (who is awesome). They played the Metal Gear Solid theme at my show. My squee moment was the Sonic Games music! Same thing for the symphony orchestra where I was, and yes the show itself is going to be different, said by the commentary. I saw two people compete at Frogger… it was badass! So to make this comment short, my show was different from you’res.
oh yeah, i got an intermission, but didn’t you get video game related video’s between songs? Also the guy advertised Africa at your show too?
the pastry is fallacious
The cake is…DEAD! Even the Portal devs have admitted that they’re sick of the cake meme. I was sick of it a long time ago. But when you mentioned Dr. Who, I thought you were going to mention “I wear fezes. Fezes are cool.” That’s all I’ve really heard but then again, I don’t know enough Dr. Who fans.
Also, “timey wimey” reminded me of “dilly dally shilly shally”…which then reminded me of “Man, that’s some crazy water!”
The important thing about the cake is that you believe in it. Even though the line is very played out, it’s still very important that you still have faith in the cake even when the cake is not presented.
I went to it, also at the Mesa Arts Center, of course this was the first time they came through like 4 years back. Back then it was packed. I guessing it’s just repeat business is poor. I guess that backs up your thought on them not coming back next year.
as an avid Dr Who fan i want to assure you that i have not once mentioned that damnable line, ever… we’re not all ‘that’ bad, lol
I helped organize it here in Brazil, working for a gaming magazine.
The local orchestra was nicely sized and they had a blast playing the songs; it was really unlike their usual fare and they loved it. All concerts were packed full of local geeks that rarely get this kind of cultural bone thrown to them.
Tommy, however…was a dick. Couldn’t stop asking about brothels and whores, to the point that I was tempted to shove his whole guitar collection up his ass. It was a great show, but he made me pine for the Play orchestra to come down here and do it more seriously.
I saw it in Vancouver about a year ago, (gonna see the next one in a week) and I had a blast. Only instead of Guitar Hero Aerosmith, it was Van Halen (just as pointless). Had Jack Wall as the conductor and did the theme for Mass Effect.
BTW, the headbanging double-bassist has been in every show I’ve seen. Still awesome.
Dude I know what you mean. If the right kind of girl is cosplaying as Link I get disturbed over how… well… yeah. *ahem* Anyway, uhhh… great to have ya back man!
Really glad you saw and liked the show Spoony. Up here in Linkara Land (Minnesota) I saw this show at the Minnesota Orchestra last summer and then they came back less than a year later in January. The house was almost full and we were all pumped. The same kid won the Guitar Hero contest both times. One of my favorite guest performer was Flute Link. She rocks.
…I kinda liked Advent Rising when I played it. I liked the story and the powers/weapons combos you could pull off.
I want to say the advent contest was to beat the game with 100% cause it was suppose to be really hard. I want to say it was like beat it by this so and so date. Don’t quote me on that. Love the videos. I missed my chance to see Video Games Live all my friends that went said I missed a great show.
Really Spoony. You talk about how you cannot talk about Cake or time travel. And then you say that the amount of times that you have seen it IS OVER 9000!!!!!1! times.
And yea, this was probably bait, but still funny.
Well, now I know for sure that they use local orchestras, as opposed to my initial assumption that they had a dedicated one.
now read a phone book
Mr. Antwieller May I ask what is your Wizards of the coast “crack” you have on your shelf by you.
I enjoyed your vlog but I saw VGL when they first started and it was good but it had many boring parts and in the end VGL needs to be in a city where there is a high video game fan base.
I bless the rains down in Afrika.
icewind dale had really amazing music
You’ve heard the timey wimey line only 9000 times? I bet you’ve heard it OVER 9000! BWAHAHA! Yeah I’m gonna be that guy. It’s still 1997 right?
Ah, you’re musical tastes never cease to amaze me Spoony. lol Manowar, motorhead, and NOW VG music. I suggest the work of Stewart Copeland. (if you haven’t listened to his stuff already) he played with the Police and then he wrote the music for Highlander 2.
Damn, VGL sounded a-goddamn-mazing. Wish I could’ve been there. I mean they played Mega Man AND Snake Eater. Good lord, just hearing that makes me giddy as all hell.
Oh. And I can’t blame you for not finishing FFVII. Corrupted file that far in. Ouch. Also, personally, I think FFVII blows hard, so yeah.
The only video game concert I’ve been to was Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds when it premiered in Stockholm. It was awesome, and fully packed with fans and cosplayers. We also got to meet Mr. Uematsu himself. Lots of great music too, though of course limited to FF-music. It was performed by a full orchestra, a professional choir, and opera singers (yes, One-Winged Angel was one of the songs).
No, It’s not just you, the cake is dead :(
I wonder what the horribly abused meme from Portal 2 will be. And I wonder if JoCo’s new song will be as overplayed as “Still Alive.” And I wonder if the sky will be blue.
God I hope not, if its anywhere as good as portal 1′s stuff they oughta put a disclaimer at the end saying for god sakes dont kill this joke like you did with the last one!
I know, I know! Everyone will end every compliment with “you monster”.
The cake is alive!
Probably too late – someone may have said this!
Steve Tyler is Tommy’s cousin. Apparently. ;)
The house wasn’t half-empty.
It was half-full!
…and the other half was filled with the Spoony spirit!
We used the Video Games Live- version of Advent Rising in Green Horror, lol.
Re: the rant at the end, this is something stupid that seems to be built into people. Every wise-ass who goes “HURR HURR I GUESS IT’S FREE!” when something doesn’t ring up immediately at a register is making the cashier take one step closer to quitting. Possibly with a sledgehammer.
And the fact that anyone who has even /heard/ of House MD seems to think that lupus only exists as a meme for the show? That makes me want to punch babies…
Oh, damn, also.
The cake is a lie.
Sounds like you had a great time with the show! I hope to see it this year too!
For incidental free and legal VG music, ocremix.org is your best friend.
As a gamer/audiophile, easily a third or more of my ipod is is game music and remixes.
Fact:The cute flautist chick playing chrono cross is the conductors’ daughter.
As for popularity, I don’t know how ahem “sophisticated” music fans around AZ are (puts on monocle), but both times VGL has come to the Twin Cities, I couldn’t get seats. The place was packed.
Of course, the Minnesota Orchestra is pretty famous.
hell march is what you are thinking of and that was in the 2nd cnc game red alert. Still selections from the cnc series up until renegade would be awesome.
Yeah red alert had one of the most metal soundtracks ever, love that giant ant attack hidden track.
I went to VGL when it came to Vancouver a couple years back, and it was awesome. It was also the first time they play Megaman Dr.Wily Stage 2! Kinda wish they played Bloody Tears from Castlevania but it was still an awesome show.
I loe you spoony!
Your complaining never stops being funny, don’t worry.
Steven Tyler is Tommy Tallarico’s cousin.
didnt finish FF7 huh?
maby a lets play of you beating it?
For some reason I really like that idea.
huh, we had a full house 100 miles south of you bro, that one kicked ass!
Kojima banned the use of the MGS theme…that little sample at the end, the really epic sounding one? It apparently sounds too close to a Russian composition from the 70′s or 80′s and, from what I read, they were threatening to sue. It sucks, but I don’t think that the VGL would play it to step on anyone’s toes.
They do some songs every year though.
And never finished Final Fantasy VII. An idle has just died today. :(
Tallarico is STILL doing those!?
Dammit! I was actually going to go to this!
I’ve already mentioned what I feel should be in VGL way too much on their official forums. Now, I’d like to see what the people outside of that community think of my ideas.
First off, no electric guitar except for the games that originally had some. Stuff like Halo 2′s MJOLNIR Mix, Corneria from Star Fox, and F-Zero X. I’m a purist.
Second, there is a very painful lack of Nintendo music. Mario & Zelda, and that’s it. Needs Pokemon, F-Zero, Star Fox, Kirby, Pikmin, and Super Smash Bros.!
Third, put together a proper Zelda segment. The first one only used variations of the overworld theme, and although the new one has excellent variety, a flute can’t do justice to Zelda. I’d love to hear a full orchestra do stuff like Clock Town, Great Fairy’s Fountain, Hyrule Castle (area 3) from Twilight Princess, and Dark World…
Fourth, do songs from other Final Fantasy games than just VII. I need some Kefka goodness!
And fifth, wherever possible, use a FULL orchestra so you don’t have to rely on backing tracks & mega amplification!!!!
Not beaten FF7? NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Losing your save like that is awful, but hopefully now you’ve learned to be a save whore. It happened to me a bunch of times, for some reason when I turned the console off in the middle of a battle it would break my save file with some consistency.
The game has a fantastic final level in my opinion (just going into the quite beautiful planet), even if you don’t like the very downplayed ending. FF7 is FAR better at being subtle than the others in the series in any case, and just more artistic.
There is no hand holding, meteor hits, the Holy is too weak and just ends up causing a chain reaction, and the Lifestream (planets energy steered with Aeris powers) comes in to save the day. Cut to a few hundred years later where Red XIII/Nanaki is running along with his kids and seeing the ruins of Midgar taken over by nature, indicating that things are most likely okay and humanity is back in tune with nature.
I really need to see Video Games Live one day, and get a fangasm with One Winged Angel plays.
“FF7 is FAR better at being subtle”
I am going to have to disagree with you there. The radical environmentalist, humans=evil/planet=good dynamic was heavy handed in its delivery. Even the ending with the ruined Midgard was something I found irritating. The symbolism of the place being called Midgard – the home of Humans in Norse Mythology, aka Earth – was about as subtle as a thermite enema.
The ending with humanities accomplishments demonized and hints that it had been wiped out for its so called sins was actually insulting and I had felt I’d wasted my time in playing the game. What a load of preachy bullshit, especially from Japan of all places. Easily one of the least satisfying endings I have ever gotten in a game (barring the “Game Over” endings in older games, obviously – those were complete crap).
The game was beautiful, played well, solid RPG elements, and was a classic, no doubt about that. Subtle and unexpected story telling, however, it did not possess.
Especially from Japan?
I don’t know another country that pushes its environmental messages harder through media, be it movies, anime, or video games.
More the irony of any industrialized nation, especially one as tightly packed and populated as Japan, trying to push some environmental message as if they have lush rain forests. I liken it to a completely tanked frat boy telling me I have a drinking problem.
I disagree with that assessment.
I don’t believe the game ever said anything related to humans being evil, especially considering the people who were most in tune with the planet the most (the Cetra) were human, the heroes of the game are human and there are a lot of good human people.
The REAL message of the game was that humanity needs to live in harmony with nature, that the planet itself is an organism capable of frailty, and too much industrialization is bad for all parties involved.
Nothing about good guys and bad guys, in fact you start off playing as a murdering terrorist.
The subtle nature of FF7′s narrative goes far beyond some references and drawing a line in the sand. The portrayal of Sephiroth for instance. Instead of just having him beat you up unfairly (FF8), have him come out of nowhere (FF6) or just be told how powerful he is, the game made sure you FELT he was powerful. The scene in Kalm where you get to fight alongside him in the battle engine in fights you can’t possibly lose, and where he is able to sweep away things that were seemingly insurmountable for the player (Midgar Zolom – the giant snake for example). Just a small example of artistry that the other games never come close to.
Considering Japan actively encourages preservation in all areas and is able to back it up, I doubt it really matters what sort of land they have.
“Instead of just having him beat you up unfairly” I am sorry, how is having him beat boss level enemies unfairly any better than having him beat you unfairly? What you call “artistry” I always saw as lazy writing – I would much have rather seen Sephiroth rise to power, not starting as some god even back then, but as an equal who turns. Instead I get treated to the quintissential, dima-a-dozen trenchcoat wearing, giant sword wielding, style-over-substance badass. I don’t really blame Squaresoft as they had snazzy new graphics engine and wanted to show it off. I just wasn’t all that impressed as far as the story went.
And Final Fantasy 6 boss came out of nowhere? Were you playing the same game I was? The one with Kefka? Kefka starts as a mere power hungry general of a corrupt empire until he absorbs the various espers during the scene in Thamasa. Espers which – it had been established – hate human beings and probably drove an already insane guy even more insane. I think Kefka’s world ending insanity was more than adequately explained, with multiple parts early in the game where you as a player are left to feel “If only we killed him at Figaro castle~” as you watch him wreck everything.
Final Fantasy 7 deserves the title of classic game but art? I don’t see it. And as far as the environmentalist message? It existed in Final Fantasy 6 but was subtle, not relentlessly thrown in your face like it was in Final Fantasy 7.
You do realise that the sort of ‘betrayal’ story you’re asking for is about the most two bit plot ever right? The kind cheesy police movies are about?
Sephiroth’s narrative angle and look was very fresh at the time, and FF7 followed the golden rule of ‘SHOW, don’t tell’ better than most games can ever attest to. Whatever sort of plot you like better doesn’t matter, because you can’t deny that how Sephiroth was portrayed in pure GAMEPLAY was far more intelligent (and even fun, because fighting a losing battle against FF9′s Kuja several times isn’t fun) than any other FF baddie can claim.
Kefka was able to kill General Leo and toss the player aside before he ever even absorbed all of the Espers (and turned into a god). I don’t like it when games just patronize you like that, ignoring their own logic and making the story up as they go along. He junctioned himself to a few Espers (like that’s new…), and the fact that I’d destroyed him two times already meant nothing. Yes it was annoying, I not only felt my dudes were incompetent, but the game wasn’t trying hard enough to make sense (and make me care).
FF6 is actually the game I’ve played most recently and it really doesn’t have much of an environmental message at all, it’s evil empires again. FF7 focuses on it because it’s one of the main themes.
Why should the idea of you being a terrorist be driven home, I thought we are talking about subtlety here? The game makes sure you know you’re playing as a terrorist and your actions have consequences (like getting everyone killed). The game doesn’t need to make you walk through a street full of blown up bodies, and that kinda material is ridiculous even now.
Terrorism is a matter of perspective at the end of the day, FF7 portrayed that well with regards to the main characters thinking themselves just and being vilified by the public.
And yes, I do believe that FF7 is one of the most artistic games out there, even if you don’t consider the story and just look at the gameplay.
I just learned that Tommy Tallarico wrote the music for the NES game Color a Dinosaur, so I would definitely request that music just to see how he reacts.
I cannot watch the second half of this video to save my life! What gives? On Firefox, it just crashes out when it tries to load the commercial in the middle, and in IE, the video immediately ends after commercial.
Its just presumption which kills peoples interest to go on these concerts. People should just go and listen it as music, not “Nerd music”. So far no one has complained when put Half minute heros main theme playing on backround. What you dont tell, they dont know to complain about.. hoah…
I saw this concert this year when it came down to Florida. Great show.
*edit*and whoops, hit the wrong reply area. Note to self: coffee first, THEN work technology. Y’know, I could have had brains, but I chose a Mullet…IGNORE ME!
SO glad you saw Video Games Live :D I agree, its FUCKING AWESOME. You should ttly come see it in Houston (lols). We set the record for the biggest orchestra they’d ever played with. For “bumfuck Texans” Houton’s Arts is huuuuge. It was AMAZING. There were enough people there that between intermissions I screamed “Leroy Jenkins” like a dork to intense approval. Castlevania is my favorite track on my VGL CD :D I liked the Tron montage, but I’m a sucker for it. I’m definitely catching it next time it comes here. Here, somebody seems to be trying to make ours a convention oddly enough. My ticket said “Gamer Con 2009″ instead of “Video Games Live”
I also never finished FFVII, I’ll admit it, I love the game, but I never beat Sephiroth =P
THANK YOU about the Cake Portal meme. The joke was NEVER funny.
That sounds great! When does the show come to my city, country, continent? Oh … never.
But a good telling anyway. It is surly hard to entertain with a static camera pointed to your face, but he did well.
That was my feeling, sort of. “Hmm, I’ll check the tour dates. It’ll be in my state… a month ago. Well. Shitballs.”
No reason to get sad SHODAN. As soon as someone uploads it, it will be live in your state all the time!
FYI Tommy is a HUGE Tron fan
I looooooved that concert! And just like you don’t think they’ll come back to Mesa, I don’t think they’ll come back to Birmingham. We had a different composer (Jack Wall), and we didn’t get the flautist but a pianist who did do a very good Super Mario Bros. piece, and another pianist (female), who did some Final Fantasy music. Not just VII, but from earlier games. Laughing Mad might’ve been one of them. We had Metal Gear Solid over here, and Metroid. Oh, and Civ IV. The vocals were great on Baba Yetu (even better was that the duet version got a Grammy). I agree with whoever said that LoZ needs more variety. I would like to hear F-Zero and Donkey Kong Country. Sonic the Hedgehog and One Winged Angel were my favorites; on the former the choir sang “SEEEEGAAA!” at the beginning. The guy who played Sweet Emotion won over here. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra was wonderful, and they had the UAB Chamber Choir I think. I know they were from UAB. I will go to that concert again if I have to buy plane tickets! I’ve heard they’ve recently done the Super Smash Bros. Brawl theme!
Steve Tyler is actually Tommy Tallarico’s cousin, which would explain the Aerosmith thing.
I saw video games live in Calgary in 2007. It was awesome! And I totally agree that it was inspirational.
I was so inspired, in fact, that I had to interview Tommy. Check it out: http://daw-music.com/2007/12/tommy-tallarico-interview-december-2007.html
Someone may have pointed this out already, but the Tommy Tallarico – Steven Tyler connection is that they are cousins.
You know when you were talking about over used jokes (like the Portal and Dr. Who things), when you said you’ve heard the Dr. Who line about 9000 times, did you do that on purpose or was that mere coincidence? Because the “It’s over 9000!” shit has been over done WAAAAAYYYYYY too many times as well lmao.
Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I got to see it here in Miami and they played the following:
Retro Melodies (Donkey Kong, Ghouls and Ghosts, Contra, etc.)
Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (with Tommy walking around hiding inside a box!)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Heroes of Might and Magic (It was beautiful, but since few ppl have ever heard of this game it kind of dragged)
Final Fantasy Main series (Instead of Flute Link girl they used blindfolded piano playing boy!)
Legend of Zelda
Tron (just as awkward here)
Aerosmith (the audience member actually succeeded at beating it on hard and apparently it was his birthday)
World of Warcraft
Halo (Master Chief also ran out and FAILed the same way you explained. Maybe its part of the act but fun nonetheless)
Super Mario Bros. Series (by blindfolded piano boy)
Final Fantasy VII (Sephiroth!)
Castlevania Series (my personal favorite part. Just purely epic)
and finished off with Chrono Trigger/Cross.
A lot of fun and the crowd was really into it. Tommy’s steam punk guitar sniper piece actually broke off halfway through the song so what you saw was a fixed guitar.
All in all I would diffidently go again next year to see if they play God of War and Mega Man. They really got to figure out how to promote this thing, I only heard of it because of some advertisement on some TGWTG website over a year ago and was watching like a hawk to see when they were coming to Miami.
I had pretty much the same thing happen to me on Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Had all but 1 mask before the fierce deities mask, saved it, went to bed, went to school the next day, came home and turned it on, BAM! NO save
It’s not the power of heart. It’s the lifestream, as in the entire thing Sephiroth wanted in the first place, to be infused with the power of billions of souls.
Don’t discribe it like some lazy love heals all deus ex machina. The entire game foreshadowed the ending.
Sephiroths plan was to be standing at the center when the lifestream came so he could become a god and since using the lifestream in this expends it (like mako) it just cost millions of dead souls to save the planet.
OH THAN GOD SOMEONE HATES THE ‘CAKE IS A LIE!!’ Meme, I want it to die.
Also you said you’ve heard that other line over 9000 times.. You’re asking for the “OVER 9000!!” meme
Spoony I know how that goes, concerts with a low populous in the house.. Its something that we all get, and it is just horrid sometimes, but you have to really get out there and do your best right? Put on the show for the people that showed, so they can tell their friends! That’s what I am always going for. You rock! ^.^
They didn’t do Katamari Damacy probably because Tommy hates that game, and especially the music. I saw that episode of Judgement Day where he and Victor Lucas reviewed it, and he really couldn’t stand it.
Chance Thomas, composer of Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire, was the first composer to get any extra-industrial recognition for a video game soundtrack. I believe he got the Grammy’s to recognize it. He released the soundtrack on CD the year of the game’s release, in 1997. I THINK that’s one of the first ever soundtrack releases for games. It came with a demo even. I could be mistaken though.
Really, referencing a meme while dissing a meme? You’ve heard the Dr. Who meme ‘over 9000′ times?
I don’t know the freakin dr who line, honestly…and I love the new series (can’t get a hold of the old ones where I live)
You really need to understand, that was at your one location. Here, in Tucson, at our massive theater that fits over 3,000, it was full. Every single seat was bought out the first two nights of it.
Tommy is a very big tron fan, hes played all of the tron games, whenever he talked about it on judgment day (the other show on G4 that reviewed video games) his face would F###ing light up. so in short hes in love with the series
What I would really pay to see (if I had the money… which I don’t) would be the silent hill or persona 3 soundtracks live. I’ve been aware of Video games live for only a couple of months now, but it looks like a really interesting and fun show. However, unluckily none of the shows like Video Games Live ever really come to Australia. And if they do, they go to Sydney, where I don’t live. I presume so many artists are reluctant to come here A) because it’s a long way from their home countries, it’s pretty expensive to move a tour, and they aren’t certain of a good payoff down here or B) they’re afraid they’ll be killed by any one of the thousands of things that are constantly trying to kill you (including the Melbourne criminal underworld, and the ground (yes, the ground))… Or c) Bas Lerman’s “Australia” put them off ever coming within a hundred miles of our borders (which I don’t really blame them for). So I guess I’m stuck relying on Youtube etc. *sigh*
In any case, I think that no matter what you’re doing, everyone comes to a point where the workload gets to them and they just feel burnt out. Even if you’re doing something you love, it can sometimes be difficult to keep things going, especially if your confidence is shaken. I suppose when that happens it’s important to go back to the roots, reacquaint yourself with why you’re doing something and why you enjoy it. If you get bogged down in the work load you end up suffocating under it.
I’ll just finish saying this… Losing the save game. Hehehehehe *snigger*. The most painful of gamer moments. Nowadays I save on multiple save slots, but back when I was a child, my little sister and I only had the old hand-held game-boys that only had one save file (we were only slightly less broke then than we are now) and I can’t count the number of times we lost save files because there was dust in the cartridge, or the power failed two seconds before saving had been completed. If it makes you feel any better, Spoony, the ending to FF7 isn’t ridiculously spectacular or anything. Still, many feel your pain. Many.
When the dude took out his Steampunk guiar, final fantasy 7 takes alot of its designs and style from steampunk. The reactors and midgar itself is pretty much Steampunk.. So the fact that he took out a steampunk guitar probs has something to do with that :)
Hmm, I’ve been wanting a sequel to Pokemon Snap, so Afrika sounds like it could be fun….
I went to it in summer of 2006 and While some of it has changed, it’s still pretty much the same. I remember them doing the snake thing at the beginning.
a games soundtrack can definitely do allot for a game especially for a game like mass effect when I first played it and heard the start menu song I dont know what it is called, but just hearing the soundtrack I knew in that instant that I was in for something awesome and I just bought it on a whim after seeing a commercial at blockbuster and did not know what I was in for at the time because it was not a game I was keeping up with during its development.
LUL TEH CAEK IZ A LIE!!!!1!11!!!!!ONEONE!!!111
But seriously, as much as I love portal, I agree that that meme should die (along with the game).
Ouch! Losing save files has stopped me completing a fair few games. Why is it that mystery save corruptions only ever target files with 30+ hours of gameplay, to date I have lost my FFIX data three times this way and have never completed it. Although the biggest hit was definitely when Dark Chronicle outright vanished from my memory card. I can say or sure that you will never ever have enough time and patience to get through that boring, time wasting, redundant, dull and stretched over far far too long game a second time. That game is my FFVIII.
I’m guessing it’s because the bigger then file, the bigger the chance of at least 1 bit of that data to be wrong, which then makes the whole file unusable.
Hey, I was at the same concert. I was one of the people the nearly completely empty balcony. When I bought the tickets, I got them so we wouldn’t be smashed in and have people in front of us. I was also pretty bummed to see the nearly empty crowd, because a show like this needs and deserves support to keep going.
While we were being shuffled up floor after floor like filthy peasents (I thought there were only two floors, but there’s FOUR), I overheard 2 different groups of people saying they’re “checking this out because the tickets were free.” :(
I agree with most of your review; headbanging bass player, the Mega Man score, Flute girl, and the horrible Guitar Hero section.
Worst part about the guitar hero section is the feedback the game gives when you miss a note. Eeeeeeee—-(clank)—moooooo—–(clank-clank)—-tioooon. Just a strange thing to have when you’re hoping for good fluid music. The Space Invaders interactive was done really well no matter how bad the guy was at the game.
You mentioned the Snake Eater solo from Flute Girl but she also sang for the Assassin’s Creed 2 piece which I thought was one of the best parts of the show. Probably because I wasn’t expecting much from it and it just rocked in the end.
Totally disagree with Afrika, but that was probably more due to my disconnect with the content. The video from the game looked pretty awesome though, some of it almost looked like real footage from the very back of the empty house.
I’m also going to disagree on Still Alive at the end. While I’m totally sick of the cake thing as well, I must not be as over saturated by it as you have been. The song was actually something I was looking forward to when I saw it on the playlist.
BTW, how are you going to complain about memes and how many times you’ve heard something and say you’ve heard anything about “9,000″ times. You’re setting yourself up.
I’m guessing you didn’t see it since you sounded surprised by some of the ordering, but the Mesa Arts packet they were handing out (free) had the entire playlist of what they were going to do. It was like they just copy/pasted an e-mail they received because it would say something like, “Assassin’s Creed 2 – We Bring Soloist” I have a picture of the playlist if you want it for a keepsake, I can just send it via Twitter or something. Also, based on the playlist, I’m guessing the Tron piece was filler to kill time since they were ahead of schedule; it wasn’t on the playlist.
I agree that this concert needs to keep going. It’s different and can only get better as time goes on.
Kindof wish I would’ve run into you there so I could tell you how much I enjoy your videos; especially after you were talking about being down on yourself.
i went to one of these, the steampunk guitar was used on halo, and the scope came off during his playing of it, made it great, also the spartan armor fell off.
I am curious about one thing. Was there any Rob Hubbard pieces played. Yes, I know I’m probably annoying some people off right now but Rob Hubbard started true video game composer business and I think they should honor him with one song per show. I’ts not like there is not much choice of his works.
I worked at that concert both nights when it came to Austin a while back. Great show. Great people :)
I doubt I will get a chance to see this performance. I am from Alaska and that is out of reach with most of the US. There is some great thing in the state yet the isolation does make us want to visits the lower 48s. Some of the music from games are composed well even when it was the 8 bit age.
Are you ever planning on finishing Final Fantasy 7 or or you going to watch the youtube ending? Or is it the ending seems like it would totally rune your experience with the game? I beat it and the ending is OK. It was not bad just cleshay. I remember six was a good until it gone to looong.
Here is an idea. You should compare 6 and 7. And not go with extreme prejudices like 7 s*** or 6 s*** but really critically look at the too straights and faults. It like the NC Old vs New. But this is the two sequels that are the most calibrated. FF6 vs FF7, Moral Wind vs Oblivion, Fallout 1 & 2, vs Fallout 3 and veges, Ultima IV vs Ultima V and more.
Super hot? Gorgeous legs? Hot female Link cosplay? “Fingering going on there”? “You couldn’t even see her fingers move, there were going so fucking fast”? “Schoolgirl”?
Oh…ohhh that imagery is so sweet.
The other parroted Doctor Who line: Reversing the polarity.
And I understand Spoony’s feelings about the Portal cake line, but the rant also made me hungry…
hey do a review of final fantasy 7 crisis core
Agh! God damn it spoony, you are HILARIOUS!
Just on Revolver Ocelot…. yeah, no one knows whose side he’s on. The webcomic “Last Days of Foxhound” (which is really good, btw) hypothesizes that he’s working for the Patriots the entire time because his mom is the Boss and so the Patriots have been training him since he was like 4.
I know this is an older video, but April 14th, 2012, Video Games Live will be in El Dorado, AR at the Municipal Auditorium.
My high school did the VGL thing with the marching band. Our halftime show the one year was Halo, Bounty Hunter from Advent Rising, and some song from Kingdom Hearts. It was how I learned mallet percussion since I took over for marimba in the pit band. I still remember how to play them all.