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PostHeaderIcon Movies: A Few of the Best From the Lot #2

Who doesn’t love holidays? 😆

PostHeaderIcon Video Games Live Malaysia 2012

Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur.
27 May 2012. 

It was a much anticipated day for gamers and music lovers alike. True enough, video game music is underappreciated simply because it usually appeals only to serious gamers, and those who don’t really play games as much will find it hard to understand what’s the fuss all about with it. Video Games Live, I believe, intends to show and to prove to the world that video games music is not just bleeps and bloops after all.

Not often can you enjoy the music from the games you love performed live by a symphony orchestra. The realisation of the concert series itself was largely made possible by Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall, two highly experienced video game composers. I’ve already linked its Wikipedia page, so if you’re really interested to know more just click on the greened phrase somewhere up there, okay?

For this year’s edition, the event was held at the Istana Budaya (the Palace of Cuture) in KL, which is generally the main venue for theaters and classical concerts.

For me, the concert was a treat from my sister…so, a very huge thank you to Nieks who is without even the slightest of doubts my best-est sister ever! Quelle joie! 😀

On a technical note the tix that all eight of us bought were the cheapest ones, at RM98 per ticket, as you can see below. Haha. Beggars can’t be choosers, right? It didn’t matter anyway, it was good enough for me. :mrgreen:

To relate the price of the tickets with the seating, we were placed at the uppermost circle, from which the stage looked like this:

It wasn’t even half bad, as a matter of fact. 😆

Bon. For the setlist the songs/themes performed that night, see here. (perhaps not exactly the complete list, I dunno)
There were themes from Castlevania, Assassin’s Creed 2, Metroid, Shadow of the Colossus, Final Fantasy, etc. and all of them were good. Very good, actually. But a few that absolutely touched me were:

  • The Pokémon Medley, due to the fact that I grew up with Pokémon. Duh, what else?;
  • Snake Eater, the opening theme from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, because it’s the only one of the series that I played with heart and replayed over and over again to gain achievements, special items, etc. The performance was accompanied by the song writer Norihiko Hibino himself with his saxophone.
  • Tetris Theme/Korobeiniki (an operatic version featuring Laura Intravia), I just loved it. It’s one of my all-time favourite themes since God knows when.
  • Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive, the closing song, just because it was awesome. C’est tout.

In conclusion, it was such a fantastic night for me, personally. There’s probably no better combination than music plus video game. That’s all I can say. Thanks, again, to NiBokYi who made it possible for me to experience VGL.

Limesong of the Day: Snake Eater!