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Video Games! Live!

I was at the Video Games Live concert last night, the first time it's been in Scotland. Think it's only been in London once, too. It was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (and chorus) playing video game themes, and I loved it. I feel like I sat through the whole thing with a silly grin on my face. And because it's a geek thing, there are loads of vids from the concert on youtube already, and loads of pics on flickr - hurray! I've got pics on my phone, which I must upload.

It was a nice atmosphere, more like a gig or a convention than a classical concert. Although there are signs up about no mobile phones, no cameras, no eating or drinking, the staff were turning a blind eye to all of the above - you were allowed to take your drinks in, and there were people photographing and videoing all over the place. And near the end the compere actually asked us to wave our mobiles phones and PSPs instead of lighters.

It was a mixture of old-school and new games, from Pong and Donkey Kong through Sonic and Mario and Zelda to Halo and Metal Gear Solid. The two guys that run it - the compere and the conductor - are both game music composers (I think the compere actually wrote the Halo music) and they had a bunch of other composers either there on stage, or who'd done VTs. They've got the guy who did the Mario theme blindfold on piano, which was one of the most popular videos on Ebaumsworld. (Interestingly, they had a speed-painting guy on the Glastonbury show tonight who I *think* was the same guy someone on here linked to a video of recently. I do apologise for that sentence. And these internets peeps get everywhere, don't they?)

They had people up on stage, too, playing Space Invaders and Frogger on the huge screen with the orchestra providing a live soundtrack. Hee.

Highlight of the evening for me was probably Baba Yetu from Civ 4:

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test...

English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 100% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.

Take The Commonly Confused Words Test at HelloQuizzy

Your result for The Sexuality Spectrum Test...

Straight Preference

You scored 16 (-52 being completely gay, 0 being bisexual, and 52 being completely straight)

You are not exclusively heterosexual, but you prefer the opposite sex over the same sex. While you might be willing to fool around with the same sex to some extent, you would go all the way with the opposite sex. If you are sexually inexperienced, it is possible that this could change after you do some experimenting.

Take The Sexuality Spectrum Test at HelloQuizzy

I found the graph of results of the sexuality meme interesting, because it seems to back up a notion I've had for a while, that there seem to be a lot of mostly-straight people but practically no mostly-gay people - if you identify as gay rather than bi, you tend to be pretty much exclusively gay, whereas if you identify as straight, you're more likely to still have same-sex experiences. I have a few contradictory theories about why this might be, but if anyone has any actual knowledge or links to studies, I'd be interested...

Tonight I was working till 2, doing the BBC2 Glastonbury programme. I wish singers wouldn't bloody improvise. Gah. And I entirely agree that rappers shouldn't be on at Glastonbury, if I have to subtitle them. (Mind you, Jimmy Cliff was a nightmare too.)


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Jun. 28th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
That was an interesting quiz!

I got a -26 out of -52 :) But I know I'm kind of weird.
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Hee! Nah, you're special ;)
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
Aww ^_^
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Hmm. I have a problem with the Sexuality Preference Test. I scored exactly the same as you, but I think that's because the test does not take into account the idea that people might just be somewhat asexual rather than somewhat gay/bisexual.
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, yeah, I hadn't thought of that, but you're right. It needs a "strength of libido" axis, too.
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe. And that might make for a more interesting rounded test, but I'd settle for it just accepting, for example, that:

A) answering 'I am apathetic' rather than 'I am traumatized for life' does not equal 'latent homosexual tendencies' when it comes to the "if a member of the same sex..." questions

B) answering 'I don't mind but it does not turn me on' instead of 'I’'m getting a tingly feeling' or 'This feels kind of nice' when it comes to the "if a member of the opposite sex ..." questions does not equal a greater interest in experiencing the same things with a member of the same sex.

(Sorry, that looks a bit convoluted.)

That's exactly how the test appears to be set up and I'm mildly annoyed, because that makes it look as though whoever wrote the quiz was deliberately trying to make sure that greatest number of people possible scored as bisexual. Only mildly annoyed, though, because I haven't forgotten that all Internet tests are silly and for fun :~D

Jun. 28th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ha, playing with it out of curiosity (since it's only a short test), I've discovered that there appears to be no combination of answers that will get you a 52 for either straight or gay.

Is this evidence of a secret 'bisexual agenda'? :~D
Jun. 28th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
I got nothing. Well, I got this.

Jun. 28th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
It's weird, I was listening to the video there and it was bugging me, couldn't put my finger on it till I went back and listened to the original baba yetu.

They make a bit too much of this before the singing starts, the pacing and build of the song was one of its truely great parts. In the original the guy starts singing and it's simple tribal singing, not the operatic singing that is done here which jars my ears some. But beyond that they had to let the orchestra play for a while before the choir got to sing.

I am actually guessing the orchestra would have objected to the choir being center stage on something they feel is thier show but it spoiled the simple start into complex and intricate finish. That was wonderful for the game as it was pretty much describing Civ4 game play from simple tribal all the way to complex civilization. I think the song suffered for that.

Still jealous though :)
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