Three things that I love are coming together to form a super sexy event that gamers should be excited for. Twitch, San Diego Comic Con, and Video Game Live are teaming up to live stream their multimedia concert and pre-show on July 20th, 2013 beginning at 6:00pm PDT (for free).
For those not familiar with Video Games Live (VGL), you can think of it as a concert full of video game music, performed by top orchestras/choirs, with live action, audience interactivity, synchronized lights and video screens, you name it. They do about 40-50 shows a year, all over the world, and really is something you should experience live, but seeing it live-streamed is a close second if you can’t make it personally to SDCC.
The Video Games Live concert series is known for sell out shows since they have incredible access to top composers as well as exclusive footage from a lot of anticipated games. Because of the event’s popularity, it’s great to be able to offer a live broadcast alternative on Twitch to those unable to get tickets or make the trek to San Diego.
-Emmett Shear, Twitch CEO
Among the 20 song set list, the SDCC event will feature several world premieres including music from Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Destiny, and Dota 2. This particular concert will also feature a multitude of newly arranged pieces from Diablo III and the Monkey Island series. Some of the game music that has been announced so far that will be in the set list include series and franchises like: Final Fantasy, Street Fighter II, Castlevania, Shadow of the Colossus, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Journey, Chrono Trigger, and Chrono Cross.
In addition to the live concert that will be streamed, interviews will be streamed during a two-hour pre-show which will include many of the musicians involved in the show amongst other big names in the video game industry. Should you have any questions for these guys, Twitch viewers will be able to submit them to the guests using the Twitter hash tag #playtheclassics.
The announced schedule is as follows:
6:00pm: Gerard Marino, Composer God of War [guest musician] 6:10pm: Tim Larkin, Composer Dota 2 (Valve) [guest conductor] 6:20pm: Austin Wintory, Grammy nominated composer of Journey [guest conductor] 6:30pm: Emmanuel Fratianni, Video game/film/TV composer & principle conductor of Video Games Live
6:40pm: Jillian Aversa: Vocalist (Halo, God of War, Civilization, Soul Calibur) [vocal soloist] 6:50pm: Clint Bajakian & Peter McConnell, original LucasArts composers [guest musicians] 7:00pm: Eimear Noone, Conductor of Diablo III and Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses [guest conductor] 7:10pm: Russell Brower, Audio Director, Composer – Blizzard Entertainment [guest conductor] 7:20pm: Brian Tyler: Film composer & composer of Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag [guest conductor] 7:30pm: Marty O’Donnell & Mike Salvatori, Halo & Destiny [guest conductors] 7:40pm: David Hayter, voice of the original Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 1 – 4
7:50pm: Costume Contest
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Video Games Live – Act I
9:00pm – 9:15: Tommy Tallarico, Video game composer & Creator/Producer/Host of Video Games Live
9:20pm – 10:30pm: Video Games Live – Act II