Pictures and impressions from the concert in San Francisco!
Last night Maximum PC had the chance to check out the very kick-ass Video Games Liveevent. For those unfamiliar with the show, Video Games Live is the premier videogame-themed orchestral touring concert, and this week the group is performing in San Francisco at the Davies Symphony Hall with the amazing San Francisco Symphony.
The gaming industry will be watching with keen interest when OnLive launches its cloud-gaming service to the public on Thursday, June 17. The Palo Alto-based startup will want to lure as many gamers as it can at the very outset of its service. Now that it has considerably reduced the monthly subscription fee, it should tug at the heartstrings of more gamers than previously anticipated.
It will now be charging $4.95 per month, as opposed to the $14.95 per month it had originally planned on extracting from its customesrs. And thanks to AT&T (one of its leading investors), a one year subscription to OnLive’s service will be offered free of cost between June 15 and July 15 to anyone willing to register. As for the 25,000 beta testers who put the cloud-gaming service through its paces, they will receive a free game to go with a one year free membership.
The monthly subscription does not include any games, which will have to be either bought or rented by the user. Their prices will range from $5 to $59. The company has announced the launch lineup, which includes Assassins Creed II, Mass Effect 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, NBA 2K10 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction.
I’m sitting on the stairs to the San Jose Civic Auditorium’s balcony alongside Tommy Tallarico, self-proclaimed “veritable games industry icon” and co-creator of the popular Video Games Live (VGL) concert series. It’s an hour and change before the first show of the night—the first back-to-back doubleheader in the tour’s three-year history—and the audience is beginning to fill the space of the once-empty lobby with the boasting of gaming conquests and click-click-clack of sweaty fingers against plastic guitar frets.
Tallarico is in the middle of running through the list of countries VGL has appeared in since it hit its start button for 11,000 eager gamers at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl in 2005. The show’s worldwide travels could rival Carmen Sandiego for flyer miles. Tallarico’s describing his geeky Rainbow Tour when an usher walks up.
“Are you guys a part of the show?”
Go Behind the Scenes with Video Games Live after the jump!
The podcast gang was in awe of the amazing winged cat! After the sense of wonder and amazement passed, we talked of Nvision, the amazing demoscene stuff that came out at Nvision this week, Video Games Live, and manage not to answer a single tech question in our Q&A bit. Also, Dave interviews Tricia Helfer and Nuclear Bastard. And we talk about the freaky cat with wings some more.
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