September 19, 2006

Tomorrow Night . . . VGL!

I am so jazzed right now! Ellen says she is feeling well enough to go (yeah, she just had surgery last week!). I'm glad because I don't want to enjoy an awesome event like this alone!

I got an email yesterday detailing tomorrow night's events:
The pre-show Meet and Greet, where fans can interact with renowned game composers and designers as well as celebrities, will be VGL’s largest ever with more than 50 industry luminaries, including:


Tommy Tallarico
Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Metroid Prime, Advent Rising, Aladdin, Cool Spot, Spider-Man, Time Crisis, MDK, Unreal 2 & Tournament, Blood Rayne, The Terminator, NFL Blitz, Prince of Persia, Pac-Man World, Knockout Kings, Madden Football, Twisted Metal

Jack Wall
Myst III, Myst IV, Splinter Cell, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Army of Two

Marty O'Donnell
Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Riven

Mike Salvatori
Halo, Halo2, Halo 3, Riven, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse

Inon Zur
Prince of Persia, EverQuest, Pirates of the Carribean, SOCOM II, Lineage II: Chronicle 5

Gerard Marino
God of War, God of War 2, The Punisher

Jason Hayes
Warcraft series

Jesper Kyd
Hitman series, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, DDR, Freedom Fighters, Unreal Tournament 2007, Spellborn

Alexander Brandon
Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Gauntlet

Clint Bajakian
Monkey Island, Outlaws, Indiana Jones, Day of the Tentacle

Peter McConnell
Sly 2 & 3, Psychonauts, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango

Michael Land
The Dig, Monkey Island, Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle

Jamey Scott
Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 2007, Daxter, Jak3

Cris Velasco
God of War, God of War 2, Dark Messiah, Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Sascha Dikiciyan
Quake Series, Dark Messiah, Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent

Billy Martin
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Chicken Little, Finding Nemo

Lennie Moore
Outcast, War of the Ring, Dragonshard

Shawn Clement
Sims 2, Need For Speed, Batman: Vengeance, Tarzan: Untamed, Open Season, Kim Possible: What’s the Switch?

Stephen Harwood Jr.
Brother In Arms

Will Littlejohn
Guitar Hero, Karaoke Revolution, BladeRunner, Guitar Hero II

Christopher Lennertz
Medal of Honor series, Gun, 007: From Russia with Love

Chance Thomas
King Kong, X-Men, Lord of the Rings

Rod Abernethy
Star Trek: Legacy, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, Blazing Angels,
Marvel VS, The Hobbit

Chris Tilton
Black, The Incredibles, Mercenaries, Alias

Gary Schyman
Destroy All Humans 1 & 2, Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers, BioShock

Spencer Nilsen
Ecco The Dolphin, Sonic CD, Batman Returns, Daytona USA

Russell Brower
Audio Director - World of Warcraft

Rob King
Heroes of Might & Magic, EverQuest series, Area 51, Scarface


Tim Schafer
Day of Tentacle, Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts

Louis Castle
Cofounder Westwood Studios, Command and Conquer, Blade Runner

Vince Desi
Postal series, SPY vs SPY (C64/Apple II), Ghostbusters (C64/PC)

Bill “The Game Doctor” Kunkel
Father of video game journalism, Electronic Games Magazine — 1979

Cory Barlog
God of War 1 & 2, X-Men: Mutant Academy & the Next Dimension

John Botti
Robocop vs. Terminator, Tomorrow Never Dies, Treasures of the Deep, Knockout Kings, X-Files

Keith Robinson
President, Programmer & Game Designer – Intellivision

Mike Morhaime
President - Blizzard Entertainment

Justin Thavirat
Project Art Director - World of Warcraft

Seamus Blackley
creator of the X-BOX

Jason Rubin
Crash Bandicoot series, Jak & Daxter


Recording artist — Movement in Still Life, Emotional Technology, This Binary Universe
Film composer — Stealth, Fast & the Furious, Monster
Video games — SSX, Gran Turismo 3, Wipeout, Need for Speed, DDR, Burnout Revenge

Dweezil Zappa
Songwriter, Recording Artist, Guitar Legend

Electronic drummer for VGL, Beastie Boys, and Rob Navarro

Martin Leung
The Video Game Pianist

Laurie Robinson
Soloist — Advent Rising


John Schneider
Smallville, Dukes of Hazzard

Steven Lisberger
Creator, writer, director — TRON

Richard Taylor
Movie Special FX Supervisor — TRON, Star Trek
Game Cinematic Director — TRON 2.0, Lord of the Rings, Links 2004, Amped 2, Top Spin

Julie Stoffer
Electric Playground, MTV’s Real World


David Hayter
Voice of Solid Snake in MGS 1 - 4, Eternal Darkness
Screenwriter X-Men, X2, The Scorpion King

Dee Baker
SpongeBob SquarePants (TV), Teen Titans (TV), Viewtiful Joe, Halo 2, EverQuest II, Doom 3, Tales of Symphonia, Arc the Lad, Final Fantasy X-2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man

The concert will start with an opening act from famous electronic recording artist Brian “BT” Transeau previewing selections from his new album “This Binary Universe.” Legendary guitarists Steve Vai and Dweezil Zappa will be performing along with the orchestra, as well as live electronic drumming by Irwin, and other special appearances by well-known video game composers including Halo composer Marty O'Donnell. New segments include Halo® 3 and Civilization IV, plus a rare special acoustic performance by the original LucasArts composers performing Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and more.

Video Games Live™ will once again make history by being the first to bring the symphonic score from Final Fantasy® VII to the Hollywood Bowl. Fans will also enjoy a special solo performance by Video Game Pianist Martin Leung who will debut his unique Final Fantasy® piano arrangement consisting of over ten Final Fantasy® favorites.

New music and exclusive video has been added to the already spectacular line-up of games including Mario™, Zelda®, Final Fantasy®, Halo®, Metal Gear Solid®, Warcraft®, Myst®, Kingdom Hearts, Medal of Honor™, Sonic™, Tron®, God of War™ and others, plus there will be a new and expanded Classic Arcade Medley featuring tributes to the games that started it all.

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