Summer is the best time of year – there’s just something in the air that makes me feel like I’m on a vacation even when I’m still doing my every day work grind. And now that the Fourth of July mania is over, and all the fireworks have kept neighborhood folk up for days, I’m looking forward to spending a summer night this Wednesday at the Hollywood Bowl experiencing Video Games Live. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that what’s old is now new again and the re-emergence of 1980s video game iconography is being brought back into the spotlight now that those of us who have grown up with this imagery can call the shots. For an easy example, note the current the Invader show at sixspace.
As has been reported on blogging.la with our ticket give-away, Video Games Live includes the Los Angeles Philharmonic (with Mark Watters as conductor and Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall as executive producers) playing the music featured in some of our favorite video games along with the actual visuals of those games. (see list below). Additonally, on June 28th, Video Games Live announced a pre-show festival from 5:30- 8:00pm on the July 6th performance date that is free to all ticket holders. This pre-show incluedes a meet and greet, Videotopia (an exhibit chronicling the history of video games), and a costume contest.
Now I don’t know if this is one of those things where one would be better off “on” something to really get into this but without the aid of anything, I look forward to checking it out.
Games include: Marioô, ZeldaÆ, HaloÆ, Metal Gear SolidÆ, WarcraftÆ, MystÆ, CastlevaniaÆ, Medal of Honorô, God of Warô, Kingdom Hearts, Sonicô, Tron, Tomb RaiderÆ, Advent Rising, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evilô, Splinter CellÆ, Ghost Reconô, Rainbow SixÆ, EverQuestÆ II and a special retro arcade segment that goes from PongÆ to Donkey KongÆ!