02. July 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Ramble

SongMonk asks, “What’s a video game concert?”

Good question. I forget that not everyone has seen and heard these.

We play video game music. Videos are shown. Lots of younger people come. In costume.

I’ve participated in Dear Friends and Play!. Some of my colleagues also played in this Video Games Live.

The only time I’ve heard and seen a livelier audience was when playing, eons ago, at the Oakland Coliseum for Pavarotti. That was the first time I understood what “roar of the crowd” could mean. It was deafening. Video game concerts run a close second (especially Dear Friends).

Video game concerts are a kick to play and, believe me, the audience knows their music. I’m not going to go into what I like and dislike about them; I received a reprimand about my comments some time ago and I’m not up for another. The audience loves them, so we’ll leave it there, as a happy audience is a good thing. Right?

I don’t play video games at all. I don’t get them, to be honest. But I’m 51. And an oboe player. So what do you expect? 😉


  1. haha! I’m 47 and an oboe player, and I don’t want to tell you how many hundreds of hours I’ve spent playing video/computer games. The music from the Final Fantasy series is gorgeous (especially the earliest ones), and so is the music from Morrowind and Oblivion. I’m glad those concerts are so popular; I don’t think it’s a far stretch at all from some of these soundtracks to other, more serious works.

  2. I guess I just don’t get them. Not my cuppa, as I like to say. 😉

    They don’t seem to compare to the serious stuff I play, but they do compare to movie soundtracks. I’m fine with that.

  3. Ah! Actually, I have heard about those a while back. (I think it was Video Games Live that I had heard about before.)

    I think it’s a terrific idea and I think I would really enjoy it. Though the truth is I think I wouldn’t recognize a lot of the music because I haven’t played a lot of those games that would be featured.

    I’m curious what your previous comments were. You can email if want to avoid the backlash again. 🙂