Indianapolis, IN – June 19, 2006 – Gen Con LLC today announced that it will feature the ultimate in video game entertainment, Video Games Live. With Video Games Live, fans experience an immersive concert featuring music from the biggest video games of all time performed by some of the nation’s most respected orchestras and choirs in this case the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Two innovative and interactive Video Games Live concerts featuring music from the biggest video games of all time will be performed Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. These special performances will be presented in conjunction with the Gen Con Indy Convention that will be held in Indianapolis August 10-13 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.
“At Gen Con we are always looking for new and interesting ways to make each and every Con the best it can be for our thousands of attendees each year,” said Peter Adkison, CEO of Gen Con. “As North America’s largest hobby gaming convention we provide attendees with a vast range of events to suit everyone’s interest, whether it is video games, board games or trading card games to name a few. We embrace all forms of gaming and love the fact that Video Games Live will be at Indy this summer.”
From browsing the aisles of the exhibit hall with over 250 exhibitors to taking part in tournament play, there is something for everyone at Gen Con Indy. Gaming enthusiasts partake in any number of the 4,500 gaming events taking place over the four-day event scheduled for August 10-13, 2006. Last year Gen Con conventions drew more than 100,000 attendees (turnstyle count) in 2005. Video Games Live will feature exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
“What I have always loved about Gen Con is there attention to detail when it comes to the fans. The amount of activities and programs they provide their audience is really unbelievable,” said Tommy Tallarico, co-creator of Video Games Live and a leading game music composer. “We accomplish the same goals when we perform our shows as well. By gamers, for gamers! The Gen Con event and crowd is a perfect match for Video Games Live. We are very honored and excited to be a part of it.”
Video Games Live is a complete celebration of the video game industry which includes pre- and post-show festival activities including a costume contest, playable game demos and meet-and-greet with game designers and composers.
The internationally acclaimed Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra whose mission is to advance the enjoyment and appreciation of symphonic music through performances at the highest artistic level will be performing the concert events. Music from some of the top game franchises will be performed, including Mario, Zelda, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Warcraft, Myst, Castlevania, Medal of Honor, Sonic, Kingdom Hearts, Tron, Final Fantasy, Advent Rising, Beyond Good & Evil, God of War and a special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20+ games from Pong to Donkey Kong including such classics as Dragon’s Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders & Outrun.
Ticket prices range from $22 to $62 each and can be purchased at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office by calling (317) 639-4300. Outside Indianapolis, call toll free (800) 366-8457 or purchase on-line by visiting the Orchestra’s website at: http://www.indianapolissymphony.org/season/production.aspx?performanceid=1133&;src=t
Gen Con Indy will be open to the public Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13 with 24-hour gaming including a computer gaming area. The convention will take place at the Indiana Convention Center, a 620,000 square foot state of the art facility in downtown Indianapolis. For more information and to register, call (800) 529-EXPO or visit www.gencon.com .