According to Tommy Tallarico, game music celebrity and host for the Houston Symphony's Video Games Live concert, video game soundtrack sales now outnumber film score album sales three to one. ''When someone plays a video game they become that character...and the music becomes the soundtrack of their lives,'' Tallarico tells us via email. It's been five years since VGL last visited Houston and today's performance features a completely new set list, so fan anticipation is high. Expect to hear music from Skyrim, Pokemon, Super Smash Bros., Shadow of the Colossus, Street Fighter II, Journey, Donkey Kong Country and revitalized segments from Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. If there's something special that you want to hear, fan suggestions are being accepted on the VGL Facebook page.
Pre- and post-concert events include a costume contest, Guitar Hero competition and a meet-and-greet with top composers and designers of the game industry. Mega-fans might want to opt for the Ultimate Gamer V.I.P. Backstage Experience package, with a pre-show production tour and meeting with Tallarico, the VGL creator, front-of-the-line access to the VGL post-show meet-and-greet and a bag of goodies including a download card for the special extended Video Games Live: Level 2 album, a vintage VGL poster and laminated backstage tour pass.