It was easily the GREATEST video games concert EVER in Malaysia. Because it’s the first to arrive here, and the performers were top notch.
The plenary hall @ KLCC could house more people, and the rules certainly weren’t as strict as the ones at MPO. However the sound quality could be better, cause you could hear some sounds louder than the rest. For our end (the right end) the choir was abit drowned out by the strings. Apparently in the middle the voices were clearest, but the strings were all over the place. For me, the sound didn’t really penetrate the back parts of the hall so it didn’t come across strong enough. But the sheer pleasure of just listening to music I love, adore, recognize, respect and fangirl over was worth it. It struck plenty of chords with me. That’s what’s most important.
Met Eu Wye at the front door while Reeis was buying the glowy necklace. XD At this point was thinking the merchandise was a little steep. But seriously considered getting the CD.
A little later, saw ONEE-CHAN and her friends! XD OMG we were going “zomgzomg!” XD she got complimentary tix too, how lucky! XD She probably died and returned to life a couple of times when they were performing One-Winged Angel
During the intermission, I SAW ALEX! hahaha yet another surprise!
We went in just in time to listen to the SNES medley, brought back alot of memories. METROID! AND SPACE INVADERRSSS!! The producer of the show Tommy Tallarico was a very good host. And the conductor Jack Wall did a very good job too. Must also take the opportunity to applaud our choir and ochestra, they did an excellent job! Wouldn’t expect any less, really =)
You have no idea how much all of us screamed, cheered and applauded at the music. In no particular order, but asterisks define the AWESOMEST PIECEST IMO
This was the first starter piece to get everyone warmed up – haha which also kinda reminded us of how old we really are. Being able to recognize Streets of Rage, Mortal Kombat, Metroid~ among other things.
**God of War
I needn’t comment on this, once again a job well done – very good choice here. Very recent, very popular and very good arrangement. The accompanying video montage was good though, from the game yes, but very very fitting.
So many fanboys were screaming over this! But I have to admit this mashup’s arrangement was very nicely done.. the blue lights were slightly annoying though. The strings were very emotive, and set the pace for the music very nicely.
**Shadow of Colossus
-Lauria Intravia’s singing voice was absolutely shockingly good. Was blown away by her voice, it gave me the shivers.
-plenty of fanboys (well at least the one next to me) was singing Utada’s lyrics to the orchestral version of the song. Thank goodness I was too absorbed by the music to be paying attention, the arrangement was excellent =) Thanking Kaoru Wada for the original piece, but listening to it LIVE is always another matter altogether.
**Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross (encore)
-this one warrants additional comments. Laura Intravia (playing the piccolo, dressed as a pretty cute Link), Hibino Norihiko on the saxophone, Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on the guitar. AS an encore, I definitely wasn’t expecting this one, and all of us practically screamed in delight when we heard the all-too-familiar tunes being played. Especially Chrono Cross, which holds a special meaning for me – by far, my favourite non-FF RPG by Squaresoft (at the time, not yet known as Square Enix)
**ONE WINGED ANGEL BLACK MAGES STYLE
-when Tommy introduced this song, I’m willing to bet mah soul that the *entire* hall saw Heaven right in front of them. For me, the winning point of this performance was the fact that it wasn’t *just* the regular orchestral arrangement, but the Black Mages arrangement. Rawk on YEAH! The choir was good, “veni veni venias, ne me mori fascias” and the buildup and the atmosphere of the piece was very well done. Praises all round on this one. Absolutely lovely, and I told Reeis that onee-chan must be dying right now from happiness.
Eh wtf la why use cosplay and fanart! Just leave the original VGL logo there and focus on your playing! I didn’t even wanna look up after seeing the 2nd bad cosplay. We were laughing but ignoring it because the music arrangement was that good – no amount of fugly cosplay is gonna distract ME!
Plenty of golden rings flying around! XD Memories, and I didn’t know the newer Sonic series were so prettifully done XD
hahah part of me felt so old looking at all the old Mario games and actually recognizing them! XD We could all probably hum the tune out together in unison XD Mario Kart, Mario Galaxy, Super Mario World, Wario! Stuff like that, omgomgomgomgomg! XD
-First performance with Laura at the piccolo. This was when we realized, she is truly talented. And she makes a very cute Link. (haha, onee-chan was going “I can’t stop staring at her legs!”)
This also made me jump for joy, an iconic piece from an iconic game. The guitar work (Tommy is good at this) was also real good XD
Got this random dude from the stage to play Space Invcaders while they played the accompanying music. So the guy was running around on stage and holding the controller playing Space Invaders.. Funny as!
GUITAR HERO YAWLS
Earlier that day they had a Guitar Hero competition, and the winner was invited on stage to play “Jump!” (haha from GLEEE!) on Expert mode! Oh Vincent, that was so close! 30k points and you woulda pwned AND gotten the gift bag (which he got anyway) but the gift bag contents were awesome!
“This came has the most franchises *ever* for a videogame!”
“haha, that only had thirteen, this one has way more!”
*laughs all round*
“Ladies and gentlemen, presenting… MEGAMAN!”
*CHEERS ALL ROUND*
The trailer they used was the initial video used to promote Warcraft methinks. And at the end, a question: “For the Horde? Or For the Alliance?” Trust me if he did go on I expect alot of people would start fighting! =P
Whoever was playing this on screen seriously sucked. But the music brought back OH SO MANY MEMORIEEESS!
**Metal Gear Solid
I died when I heard they were performing MGS. Also loved very much the bit when the box was around, and the soldier (complete with the exclamation mark) came on stage acting their bit out. Hilarious, and great great music! Thinking of the box, and it appeared JUST as I was asking for it! XD
Another fangirly moment seeing the composer of MGS performing on the sax. Smexiness factor +++++! And besides, with him at the helm there was no way this piece was going to flop. True enough, it delivered!
A quick signing session, and I just gave a one-liner to thank them for their awesomeness and trying to make sure they put KL on their venue list for VGL 2011! =P
They were selling the hugearse bunting for RM30 though, kinda damn. Already bought the CD so I got them to sign that instead. VGL autographed CD FTW X3X3XDXD