Video game music has come a long way from the typical Atari beeps and NES four-channel jingles (not that there’s anything wrong with them). Thanks to efforts such as the Final Fantasy music-focused Distant Worlds orchestra and Video Games Live concert, mainstream audiences will get to hear the grandest reinterpretation of their gaming childhood in music form.
And now China will get another round of video game music goodness this year. A recent Video Games Live schedule update reveals that the show will make its way to a number of Chinese cities. The first show will be in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on August 2, while the second show will be in Beijing at the Mastercard Center on August 9. There will also be two shows in X’ian on August 15 and 16, though the location has yet to be determined.
Video Games Live has toured across Asia since 2009 in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia. The tour is spearheaded by video game music composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall. Each concert usually involves local orchestras in the country it’s touring in to play the setlist, which includes highlights from series like Super Mario Bros., Monkey Island, Halo and World of Warcraft.