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Crystal Sep 19, 2007

Programs were free. 

They had all kinds of merchandise.

They had Nintendo plushies: Mario Luigi, Bowser, Princess, and a Zelda Phantom Hourglass DS lite case.

Also they had
Hyper Game music live cds, Yuzo Koshiro cds, The Opera singer's 10 cds, VOICES DVD, Hudson, Outrun BOx set, Sega,etc.
Basically it was stuff that's already on sale.

The t-shirt makers "King Of Games" was there too.
I saw their Metroid t-shirt. Price was like 6000 yen.  I think their Zelda SP 20th Anniv was a much better design, but they didn't bring any of those.

Amazingu Sep 23, 2007

I just came back from the Osaka show yesterday, and I thought it was pretty good.
Could've been better, but it wasn't bad in any way at all.

Adam has already written his extensive review so I don't have much to add except:

- I was rather disappointed with SotC. I was looking forward to this most, and it ended up being one of the most disappointing. The track choice was decent, but I already had a bad feeling when I saw the chorus LEAVING before this performance came up, so I knew none of my favorite themes were going to be there. And it just didn't sound as good as the original game version, I'm sorry to say.

- The Shmup medley was rather cool, I hardly recognized anything, not being a great shmup fan myself, but it was good music, and the Starfox stuff was awesome, obviously.

- The VIPs were rather cool. I'd never seen Uematsu in real life before, so that was cool, and he definitely stole the show, cos the woman was just annoying. Also, in the second half, a guest appearance by Koji Kondo (how awesome is it to get to see Kondo interviewed by Uematsu!?), and a surprise appearance by Yoko Shimomura, which was very nice. She's far from the Japanese Idol image, so she was actually fun to listen to.

- The second half MORE than made up for what was only an okay first half as far as I'm concerned.
Although it started wirh GHM Sound Team, which was, well, noisy and not much else, it then kicked into Chrono Trigger, which was totally awesome. I mean, I know it's pretty much exactly the same arrangement as the Orchestral Game Concert, but just hearing a live performance of the main theme of a game that had such a profound impact on my childhood was unbelievable. I loved it.

- Then on to what would turn out to be one of the highlights of the show for me: Oblivion.
Seriously, I don't know what all you people are bitching about, YES, Oblivion had music, and YES, it was pretty damn good. They picked the right tracks and wove them together magnificently. I'm mostly oriented towards Japanese VGM too, but damn, Jeremy Soul did a great job here. Gave me goose-bumps. The GOOD ones.

- Another VGM concert, another Mario arrangement. I actually liked this one, because they made it sound like a chiptune at places. Decent enough.

- Castlevania, as expected, kicked all kinds of ass. Yes, it's lots of familiar tunes we've heard over and over again, but they're SO DAMN GOOD. Rondo of Blood was especially cool. Another Highlight.

- Kingdom Hearts was fantastic! It went from the main theme (Hikari/Simple and Clean) to Destati (again another conspicuous absence of the chorus here, which was rather disappointing), then into Dearly Beloved (still beautiful) to pass through Traverse Town (Saxophone and all, how frigging COOL is THAT!?) and end up with the closing line of the credits if I'm not mistaken. Another Hit this one.

- We got the same encores obviously, with the only major difference being that the Black Mages did not attend Osaka, so we got the Advent Children version of OWA WITHOUT the guitars. Shame that.
And of course the Zelda Medley ruled. Man, the Dark World theme is the best thing EVAR!

I was amazed at the rather low turn-up though. I was sitting with Xanadujin on the third floor and it was practically empty, and from what we could see the second floor didn't have a lot of people on it either. The first floor looked crowded enough, but wasn't sold out either, it seemed. Still, Uematsu seemed happy, and it sounded very much like he wanted to do another concert again next year.

I hope they do.

We got very little in terms of merchandise though. Didn't see any soundtrack CD's.
Those T-shirt Makers were there though, and they have some really nice T-shirts, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna pay 6000 yen for them.

There was no recording material from what I could see, but if they already recorded stuff in Tokyo, I guess they wouldn't have to do it again. I hope this gets a proper CD release though.

Definitely going again next year!

GoldfishX Sep 23, 2007

Cedille wrote:

The unpleasing moment came when Uematsu read the letter where Soule explained why he couldn't come. That briefly says "Hi, all! Due to a Hollywood movie offer I don’t attend your concert! Btw, Steven Spielberg says 50% of the impression we get from a film is from its music and I agree with him!". I’m still not sure why he quoted Spilberg’s saying but while playing Oblivion I’m always amazed how literally nonexistent its music is.

Good old Jeremy...Always good for a laugh.

Remember: Steven Spielburg played ET on the Atari 2600 and wondered why it couldn't be more like Pac Man...So maybe he knows more than everyone else does?

Arcubalis Oct 5, 2007 (edited Oct 5, 2007)

Does anyone have any idea who the "PRESS START GADGET ORCHESTRA" and the "PRESS START 2007 CHOIR" are?  Were they made up of professional players?  University players?  Anyone know?

Carl Jan 8, 2008

Here's a 2-disc sized audio recording of the concert, at the Yokohama location.

[202 MB] in size
PRESS START 2007 ~Symphony of Games~ in YOKOHAMA.rar

So far Famitsu hasn't announced their Official Version of either a CD or DVD, but if they do I'll be sure to pick it up, because as you'll hear from the music this year's performance was more polished than last year's.

Love that Shooter Medley!!
the new Castlevania Medley was pretty killer too.

And hearing Nobuo singing "Daytoooona" in the MC section was pretty funny, right after the real song was done.

Ordim Jun 20, 2008 (edited Jun 20, 2008)

Cedille wrote:

My statement might have been right as the venue gets smaller this time.

Which is a great move, in my opinion. So much better for good sound (which was obviously lacking last year).

Cedille wrote:

Any concertgoer here?

Yes! I am considering to go. I have been to a Japanese game music concert for "Tour de Japon" last time, and I am pretty excited.

Cedille Jun 20, 2008

To clarify, Sakurai also states the sound quality was the major concern among them, so they bring the venue back to the one they used in 2006. I suspect last year's attendance also affected this decision, but it's just my baseless guess.

I just hope the tracklist won't be merely focused on those participating in SSBB. 

Btw, maybe I should have started a new thread for it. Adam, if possible, could you split this?

Amazingu Jun 20, 2008

Dammit, they're not coming to Osaka this time (>_<)
That rules out my chances of going...

Adam Corn Jun 20, 2008

Cedille wrote:

Btw, maybe I should have started a new thread for it. Adam, if possible, could you split this?

Actually that's pretty difficult to do in the current version of the forums.  It's not a built-in function and it would take a lot of hacking to do it. neutral

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