Video Games Live to air on PBS this summer

Wednesday, 14th July 2010 20:51 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


US channel PBS has announced it’s to air the Video Games Live concert performed back in April by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Featuring music from different series like Mario, Zelda, Sonic, Halo, WoW, Castlevania, Guitar Hero, God of War and Final Fantasy,  the Orchestra was accompanied by co-founder of the concert events, Tommy Tallarico.

Tallarico has composed music more than 250 games including Earthworm Jim, Treasures of the Deep, Messiah, MDK, Maximo, Pac-Man World, Prince of Persia, and Advent Rising.

A special taping of the New Orleans concert will air as a PBS special during its summer fund drive in July and August, and a companion DVD/Blu-ray and CD set will be made available in North America through PBS until November 1.

The CD features 16 musical performances, and the DVD/Blu-Ray includes more than three hours of bonus material, including additional and extended music segments, composer and game developer interviews, exclusive game trailers, “making the game” documentaries, behind-the-scenes footage and composer commentary.

“I’m hoping that this project will have a positive impact on the perception of video games by the non-gaming world,” said Tallarico.

“We created Video Games Live over eight years ago to prove to the world how culturally significant and artistic video games have become. The goal was to create a show for everyone whether they play games or not.

“The fact that all of the game publishers have come on board with this project to help our mission says a lot about the future of gaming and how much they believe in Video Games Live.”

The DVD/Blu-ray also contains interview bites with actress and game fan Jamie Lee Curtis, along with video game composers Jack Wall, Russell Brower, Christopher Tin and Gerard Marino.

The game music performed includes:

  • Castlevania
  • Chrono Cross
  • Civilization IV
  • Classic Arcade Medley
  • Final Fantasy
  • God of War
  • Guitar Hero: Aerosmith
  • Halo
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • StarCraft II
  • Super Mario Bros
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • World of Warcraft

Check your local listings for date and times, and watch a preview of the show below.

Via Press Release.

Thanks, Dutch.



  1. Bloodyghost Public Broadcast Service…

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 yes.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Bloodyghost

    I think that is cool and all but who watches PBS besides toddlers and rich adults putting it on for there babies.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SlayerGT

    I went to this show. It was most disappointing. Tommy Tallarico is the biggest tool. I should have known before I went what I was in for. If you watch it look for the end when they play One Winged Angel and more than half the crowd gets up and leaves in the middle of the song.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 Last I looked, I was not a toddler, nor a rich person putting in on for a baby.

    Ken Burns documentaries are aired on there, so is Keeping Up Appearances, Nova, Masterpiece Theater, a lot of BBC movies, BBC news, Frontline, American Experience, Mystery!, Antiques Roadshow, not to mention loads of neat nature shows, the odd classic film, Austin City Limits, and other filmed local musical acts that may not get a chance to show off their talents.

    I suppose it just depends on location, due to demographics in certain areas, but the PBS station that I watch is rather good.

    Sometimes, a show that works your brain instead of appeasing it or making it sleep is good for people.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Bloodyghost

    PBS for me is ALL toddler and learning educational for babies shit. My friends little sister used to watch it 24/7 and all it was was a more babish Nike Jr.

    #6 4 years ago

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