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E3 2012 | Video Games Live Rocks E3

E3 2012 | Video Games Live Rocks E3

by Ben RunningsJune 9, 2012

While at E3 I had the opportunity to go see the long running Video Games Live show. I had heard about it for years and simply thought of it as orchestral renditions of video game music. But it was so much more.

The show started out with Tommy Tallarico joining the orchestra on electric guitar and they played a medley of Castlevania songs. I instantly knew that this show was going to be amazing and it totally was.

I’m not huge into video game music but that really didn’t matter. If you’ve even heard some of these songs before, the show will resonate with you.

Not only is there live music playing but there are several monitors showing off scenes from the games that the songs are from. If you don’t get chills at some point during this show, you probably don’t like video games.

I was surprised to learn that there is much more to Video Games Live than just orchestral reditions of your favorite songs. They gave away free stuff. There were special guests like Nolan Bushnell and Tim Schafer. The Pokémon section had giant pokéball colored beach balls thrown out into the crowd. The Journey songs were conducted by the actual conductor of the music and he wore a red scarf to further celebrate the game. They even picked someone out of the crowd to play Space Invaders with his body.

Games that they played songs from also included Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Halo, and more.

You really can’t help but be inspired by this show. It proves that video game soundtracks are just as good if not better than ‘normal’ music.

Here’s a trailer if you’ve never seen it and make sure to check out to see when Video Games Live could be coming to your town.

I was hesitant to go but ended up loving it. If you get a chance, made sure you see Video Games Live.

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About The Author
Ben Runnings
Ben Runnings
Ben graduated from college-land with a degree in game design and now spends his time working for the 'man.' A Genesis kid growing up, it wasn't until he stumbled upon Ocarina of Time that he drove head first into gaming. Hobbies include: continuing to learn Japanese, playing videogames (duh), reading (in Japanese and English), writing (also duh), and rock climbing. He has also recently gotten back into PC gaming after many years of having terrible computers and loves it.
  • Bigtymer

    LOL! this is why I stick my my N64.

  • Lizzie Galatioto

    Doesn’t seem like Youtube or any companies care. Though at one point someone may, does uploading video game music threaten my account?

  • Stella Sotelo

    I was just wondering if it is legal to use video game soundtracks in machinima. I don’t mean the soundtrack from the game used to make the machinima. I’m talking about using a bunch of different game’s soundtracks. Obviously, it’s no big deal if you don’t make money off of it, but I do so it would really help to know so I don’t have to keep buying music licenses.

  • che-che

    Will the new features like Kinect and the ESPN sports and stuff work with the current Xbox’s, or only the new xbox 360 they released at E3????? Does anyone know?


    i want to know when i can watch E3 and what channel network it is on the television

  • Only Business

    I came into the Army as an E3 because of college credits. Will I have to put in the minimum 24 months time in service to be promoted or will the 6 months time in grade be sufficient? It doesnt make sense to me that 24 months would be necessary.

  • Joe M

    My dad switched satellite companies, and sadly that means I can’t watch G4’s annual E3 coverage because I don’t have G4.

    So what is the best way to watch E3 2008? Is Spike TV doing something? Or is there some online sites?

    However because of my slow internet, video sites would be a pain, but still recommend them if you have any 😀

  • hank baseballs

    I would be so grateful if someone could help me finding a way to watch the introduction of the new Xbox 360 (The Future Revealed live show) which will take place today from 1:30–3 P.M. ET at the E3 exhibition.
    I saw MTV will broadcast the event, but I have no access to a Tv right now…:(

    Is there any way I could watch online this event??


  • floydian8717

    Each conference at this year’s e3 has had a nice little opening montage to give us an idea of what’s in store, however I was a bit more interested in the song used in Ubisoft’s opening collage. Could anyone help me out?

  • Gabriel Kenney

    I checked and unfortunately my family doesn’t have G4. Are there any other channels I will be able to watch E3 coverage live? Thanks in advance!

  • Johnky J

    What surprise announcements do you think E3 2012 will have? Which announcements are you hoping for?

  • Disrae

    GameSpot and IGN will probably have slow downloads for free membership persons but is there any sites to check out for the latest and fastest downloads of E3 2006 coverage? Download the Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft conferences fast would be great when they have it.