Video Games Live has announced that they will be recording their “immersive concert event” for airing on PBS during the summer. Seeking to make this show the biggest VGL production ever staged, legendary co-creators Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall plan on adding more special effects, more screens, more special guests, and more awesomeness to an already incredible show.
Taking place at the Kenner Pontchartrain Center in New Orleans, the April 1st show will be performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and will welcome many special guests for the festivities, including the father of video games, Ralph Baer. The concert will begin airing nationwide on PBS starting July 31st and will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray in the future.
Easily the most popular video games concert ever, Video Games Live seeks to “to show the world how artistic and culturally significant video games have become” by performing a varied video game repertoire with top choruses and orchestras all over the world. Catering to the gamer hidden (and not-so-hidden) in all of us with orchestrated arrangements from Pong to Portal and Mario to Metal Gear, Video Games Live brings a unique experience to its audience, melding visuals and sounds to invoke the gamut of emotions from video games classic and modern.
Having been witness to the concert’s awesome glory a few times already (I will forever remember the Blindfolded Pianist, Martin Leung, playing a Castlevania medley on Yale’s 100-year-old, three-story organ), I can say I’m excited that VGL is getting more exposure. Being dismissed as kid’s stuff for, well, as long as I’ve been alive, it’s good to see video games in the media as an fine art instead of as a cause for juvenile anger.