Life is a banquet, darling, and most poor fools are starving to death

Last night, courtesy of Arena, I saw the Seattle Symphony perform Play! at Benaroya Hall. The pieces played were overall a little Squaresoft-heavy, but that’s to be expected, as the maestro for this evening is the same person who conducted the ‘Dear Friends- Music from Final Fantasy’ symphonic concert.

This is something I was excited about all day yesterday–I’d never been to the symphony before. By the time I finished getting dressed up and got in the car, I was so keyed up I could hardly stand it.

The set list was as follows: Final Fantasy VII – Liberi Fatali Super Mario Bros Shenmue Battlefield 1942 Final Fantasy VII – Aerith’s Theme Sonic the Hedgehog Metal Gear Solid Kingdom Hearts


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Final Fantasy Series – Swing de Chocobo Chrono Trigger / Chrono Cross World of Warcraft Silent Hill 2 Halo The Legend of Zelda Guild Wars Final Fantasy VII – One-Winged Angel

Now, I understand that I was there on the kindnesses of others, that this was a videogame-thmed event, and I really shouldn’t judge…but judging is what I do. Here are some of the appalling behaviors I witnessed that YOU should not replicate:

1. The symphony is not a rock concert. You should not whoop and holler during performances, even if the pretty, shiny overhead screens show (oh my god) something you recognize! You may have spent a lot of time playing Guitar Hero, but under no circumstances is it EVER ok to shout ‘play freebird’ to an orchestra. Your mouth, as a matter of fact, should STAY SHUT throughout the evening. If you can’t handle that, walk the few blocks to Pioneer Square and argue loudly with the homeless. They will appreciate the attention, and symphony-goers will appreciate the fact that you’re gone.

2. Turn off your cell phones. Seriously. If you are too important to turn your phone off, you shouldn’t be wasting your time with frivolous amusements (and ruining them for others). Go! Go! For the good of the city! Out into the street! In front of a bus!

3. Leave your Utilikilt at home. Not appropriate. Your ‘dress jeans’, no matter how acid washed? Not appropriate. Coming in some sort of full-regalia black mage costume that you’re obviously SO PROUD of? NOT APPROPRIATE. Leave that shit for hippie festivals, Bon Jovi concerts, and nerd conventions, respectively. If the performers are all in tuxedos, the least you can do is put on a suit. Seriously.

If gamers really want video games to get respect as an art form, we need to show an equal amount of respect for other valid art forms, instead of behaving as if we’ve never left the house before.

10 Comments Life is a banquet, darling, and most poor fools are starving to death

  1. drspooky January 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

    Was it Oblivion or Morrowind?

    1. admin January 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm

      Oblivion. I sort of wished it had been Morrowind because I looooved the music from that one.

  2. eloe January 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I’m very pleased to see Chrono Cross on there (and Trigger). That game won many awards, one of which was for the excellent score. It’s my favorite game of all time EVER, so if you haven’t played it I highly recommend it! 😀

    1. admin January 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm

      My Pile of Shame is too enormous right now to even consider tacking on another game…but when I take it down a bit, I’ll give Chrono Cross a shot. 🙂

      1. shadowstitch January 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm


        Chrono Cross <3 <3 <3

        The soundtrack is still one of my favorites…and lots of the tunes are remakes or reminiscent of old CT tunes… but you’ll really only “get” the nuances of the story if you played Chrono Trigger to death…tho it’s SO worth it.

  3. gray_jedi January 26, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Sounds like “Video Games Live”, which is hitting MKE in a few weeks. T is somewhat interested – he’s far more video game geek than I can ever hope to be – but I have a feeling his interest is directly proportional to his feelings about having to dress up. 😉

    1. admin January 26, 2008 at 7:05 pm

      Video Games Live came through here a couple of years ago–I think that one is less suit-oriented. 🙂

  4. suspiciouskay January 25, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    So jealous. Wish I could’ve been there!

  5. designess January 26, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    The music from Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross was so beautiful, I bet it is awesome orchestra style…

    I agree about the etiquette, I think that kids these days aren’t being taught proper manners in any situation…

    And now I feel old. Thanks Mellzah! =P

    1. admin January 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm

      That’s what I do!

Comments are closed.