The performances and interpretations of the scores making up the bill were flawless. That goes without saying, and a quick look at any of the videos included in this story are all the evidence needed that that was the case. To hear modern symphonic scores such as Halo's performed live by orchestra and choir was a tingle-inducing experience in itself, but what I found even more moving were the rearrangements of 8 and 16 bit soundtracks for the orchestral experience.
Hearing all of those classic aural signifiers of the great times of our gaming heritage, each in itself already so ingrained into our cultural lexicology, reworked on such a grand and respectful scale really does add to them a new, epic, and timeless nature utterly befitting of their relevence to our lives as gamers. It makes them sound exactly as they've always felt to those of us who grew up with the games they come from, and it's a fitting, utterly deserved, and long-overdue tribute to the great things that videogames give us.
That tributary note typifies the entire Video Games Live experience in fact. It's true that we as gamers are bonded through our shared experiences and mythologies, and that that brings with it an incredibly warm sense of cameraderie and community which I've had the pleasure of experiencing at a great many events. Video Games Live however, brought that sense of celebration and shared culture to me on a whole new level.
By bringing together hundreds of gamers of every generation along with their friends and families to revel in the cultural touchstones that we all share, all presented on a truly beautiful scale, the show filled the auditorium, and in fact the entire theatre, with a genuine family party atmophere, simultaneously entertaining us and cementing videogames' place as a major modern medium and cultural movement. You need to go to this show. It's as simple as that.
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