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Ode to joysticks

Ode to joysticks

During his Video Games Live! concerts this weekend in South Florida, Tommy Tallarico says he'll invoke a classic that should unite two generations of video gamers: the arcade gem Space Invaders. On a vast projection screen suspended above a full orchestra on stage, the familiar two-dimensional alien spaceships will zigzag left and right as the digital pew-pew of lasers penetrates a wall of pixelated vessels. The orchestra will reproduce this 8-bit soundtrack, but the spaceships will be piloted by a lucky concertgoer, who will be invited onstage and handed a video-game controller. "They'll have a two-minute timer to finish the first screen of Space Invaders, and then the...

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