Twitch has announced a partnership with Video Games Live, meaning for the first time ever the game-focused orchestral concert series can be seen without dragging yourself to the show. The concert and pre-show event will be shown on July 20, 2013, starting at 6 pm PDT. If you're actually able to attend the event, it is being held at the San Diego Civic Center for free; all you need to do is RSVP on Facebook and wait in line for your ticket. That's pretty awesome as the concert tickets normally go for anywhere from $55 to $175 depending on the venue.
The 20 song set list includes new debuting music from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Destiny, and Dota 2, alongside classic songs from Final Fantasy, Shadow of the Colossus, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Street Fighter II, Castlevania, Journey, Chrono Trigger, and Chrono Cross. The 2-hour Twitch pre-show will include interviews with a number of musicians involved in the show. The full schedule is below (all times in PDT):
- 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
The concert is being presented by Amazon Video Games and sponsored by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Both companies are offering two ways to confirm a ticket without having to wait in line for hours. You can either participate in a scavenger hunt at San Diego Comic-Con, or pre-order Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag while on the Jackdaw ship docked in San Diego Harbor behind the convention center. More information on both methods can be found here.
The first Video Games Live event was on July 6th, 2005 in Los Angeles, performed by the LA Philharmonic. For 2013, there are more than 30 events scheduled, with another four already planned for 2014. All told, there have been 243 Video Games Live shows from the first event until the end of 2012. Check the tour schedule for dates, times, and tickets.