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So, my mental health week (sigh) ended tonight with a trip to the Video Games Live concert at the Jubilee Auditorium.

Which, (except for the GODDAMN LIGHTS THEY KEPT SHINING INTO MY EYES) was quite thoroughly awesome. Andrew was there, of course, and so were Chris and Mike Nezoy, and a couple of other friends from Ainlay, and probably a bunch more people that I didn't recognise. I'm not sure the ESO is used to such a loud crowd, but we were actually more polite during the performances than Nathan some people thought we would be. Highlights included watching the orchestra play the music for games audience members were playing onstage. Admittedly, it wasn't that hard, since the games were Frogger and Space Invaders, but it was still cool to watch. Even if the kid they had playing Space Invaders seemed to have no bloody clue how to play. Sheesh. Children these days.

The set had the usual arcade medley, as well as songs from MGS, God of War, Myst, Medal of Honour, Civ IV, FF8, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, WoW, a piano solo taken from various other FF games that I didn't recognise, Jade Empire, Advent Rising, Mario, Halo, and FF7. One-Winged Angel, of course...first time I'd ever heard it, honestly, since I never managed to force myself through FF7 (awesome music, but the gameplay of console RPGs has never really appealed to me). I was kinda bummed they didn't have anything by Jeremy Soule, but apparently his stuff's on a competing concert tour.

I really wish I could say more, but I should really be in bed. I hadn't planned to stay up to finish this, but it was clear that if I didn't get it out now I wouldn't have written anything at all, and that would have been a shame. Assuming you can get tickets for tomorrow's show and weren't at tonight's, I highly recommend you go.

G'night.

-D.