Some video game soundtracks are just burned into your brain — like the gothic rock ‘n’ roll tunes of the fiendishly hard levels of Castlevania or the frantic mechanical melodies of Mega Man. But it’s rare that you’ll hear music like this performed live by some of the best musicians in the world.
Here’s your chance.
The hit interactive concert experience Video Games Live is coming to the Mesa Arts Center on April 7, and Nerdvana has become your home base for exclusive information and ticket giveaways in the weeks ahead. Thanks to the folks at VGL and the MAC, I’ll be bringing you exclusive sneak-peeks, interviews and features, then posting trivia questions on the Nerdvana Facebook and Twitter pages. Expect more contest details in the days ahead.
VGL premiered in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. It’s the brainchild of video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, and features orchestras and choirs from around the world performing along to video game footage — and even some live gaming, as a few lucky concertgoers get to show what they’ve got in interactive segments while the orchestra performs live.
You may have caught a televised performance of the concert last year on PBS stations. It’s available on DVD, Blu-ray and CD. But here’s why you want to see it live: Special events at VGL performances include a festival before and after the show, game demos, prizes, a costume contest, gaming competitions and a meet-and-greet with video game composers and designers.