On the date of Friday the 8th, there was a video game symphony held at the Wolf Trap Center in Vienna, Virginia. Hundreds of Video game nerds and fans gathered to the stadium to watch this spectacle of a once in a lifetime lineup of melodies. Everyone there handed in their tickets and rushed to their seats to not miss one minute of the show. They were greeted by a little tune from the creator of the Final Fantasy music, Nobuo Uematsu, as the concert started to prepare for the upcoming music there were about to play.
As little time passed, the host of the orchestra came in a gave a little speech and the audiences adrenaline raised as he announced the first couple of songs they were going to play through the first half of the night. The orchestra started and the large projector above them turned on and all were greeted by the music to none other than the popular franchise of Mario!
People saw the upbeat video montage of the famous Italian fat plumber doing what he does best. Then they went onto the music of Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross to refuel everyone’s nostalgic memories of how great those games were. Then, the music of Metroid came in with a organic but lively turnout with epic but unsettling track the franchise is known for. Booming in rapid and adventurous speeds came the music from a game with everyone’s favorite green suited hero, the Legend of Zelda. Finally, the thunder roared from the storm outside the stadium and in the video montage of their next piece fittingly as the darkness grew, and the night had begun, they played the haunting and catchy melodies of Castlevania.
After that explosive outcome of the first half of the show, people rushed into the bathroom stalls to quickly get back out and into their seats for the next half of the show. Unfortunately, there were only two songs worth hearing the next half as Kingdom Hearts appeared to be the first of six songs. Fans of the series stood up and cheered to hear the soundtrack of the favorite game to be played live on stage. Then they played the music from Civilization V which did not live up to it’s name as the prequel to that game had far better music than this, it’s a shame the music from the fourth game didn’t replace that one. Next game Dragon Age 2, and the small number of fans from the audience cheered, but wasn’t as big as the previous songs or anything.
Then the cheers started to dwindle when they played the music from Guild Wars played, and unoriginal and uninspired music took over the stage and several groans were heard throughout the people. Finally, after three songs of no applause, the started playing the soundtrack from Halo Reach and people yet again yelled and screamed positively toward the band. It was until the song ended, people started to leave to go their cars to avoid traffic as the orchestra prepared for the finale. The piece they played to end this night of awesomeness, was to play the theme of World of Warcraft, only the fans stayed and the rest left to go home and tell their friends and family about the event
All in all, the music for the first half was great and pretty much nailed the songs down and gave the games great justice. Then, the second half came on and after the first two songs, people started to get bored and wished the picked better pieces from games such as Uncharted, Shadow of the Colossus and other more memorable tunes. The experience was a delight though as seeing everybody cheer to his or her favorite music makes it seem more lively and fun. Anybody could get the music on an Ipod or MP3 player, but the real experience is hearing it live.