Welcome back to Get Your Game On, your weekly roundup of whatever floats your host’s boat! Now that I’ve written that it sounds weirdly sexual! I don’t want to fix it, so we’re moving on!

It’s been an exhausting few weeks for me and I can’t really fathom having well-articulated opinions about game industry shenanigans, so this week my beat is: concerts. Do you want to go see a bunch of suit-clad pros play the music that usually accompanies the little guys who live in your TV? I sure do, and I hope to make it easier for all of you to do so as well.

But first: Israel’s genocide in Palestine continues, and the onslaught has been going for so long that this paragraph has begun to feel rote. And that’s fucked! This week, in addition to tangible actions—donations, protests, letters to reps, generally being assertive to people in your life who act weird—I urge you to spend some time reminding yourself that this isn’t Just The Way The World Is. Zainabb Hull’s Crips for Palestine newsletter is an effective, straightforward prompt towards digital actions, as well as a reminder of the myriad ways Israel’s violence towards Palestinians affects each of our intersecting communities.

And Now: Concert Time

First Off: The Sonic Symphony

God, I love that little blue weirdo. I have a particular soft spot in my heart for the music of the Sonic Adventure series, but honestly, every game is full of bangers. And the range!

Current upcoming dates:

  • March 29, 2024: Portland, Schnitzer Auditorium
  • April 6 and 7, 2024: Milwaukee, Bradley Symphony Center
  • April 20, 2024: Cleveland, Playhouse Square NEW DATE
  • June 2, 2024: Paris, Le Grand Rex
  • June 8, 2024: New York City, United Palace
  • June 15, 2024: Phoenix, Symphony Hall
  • June 16, 2024: Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall
  • June 22, 2024: Minneapolis, Orpheum Theatre
  • June 29, 2024: Greensboro, Steven Tanger Center
  • July 27, 2024: San Diego, Civic Theatre

If they don’t play a symphonic “City Escape,” I’ll cry.

Next: Final Fantasy’s Distant Worlds

Here’s the thing: I’ve played, like, three total Final Fantasy games for any amount of time, and if I’m being honest I don’t really get along with them. I have, however, played a lot of Kingdom Hearts, which shares at least a few motifs, so I’m excited to spend a couple hours being generally quite musically confused.

Current upcoming dates:

  • May 22, 2024: Berlin, Tempodrom
  • May 25, 2024: Lyon, Amphitéâtre 3000
  • May 31 and June 1, 2024: San Francisco, Davies Concert Hall
  • June 8 and 9, 2024: Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum
  • June 22, 2024: New York City, Carnegie Hall
  • July 6 and 7, 2024: Seattle, Benaroya Hall
Okay, So Stardew Valley’s Festival of Seasons Is Mostly Sold Out…

But if you’re fast and in like, Auckland, maybe you can get tickets? And hey, don’t discount that secondary market.

Current dates with available tickets:

  • April 13, 2024: Wellington, The Opera House Wellington
  • April 14, 2024: Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre
  • May 9, 2024: Milan, Teatro Carcano
  • August 26, 2024: Singapore, Esplanade Concert Hall
Finally: Everything… Else… In Game ON!(?)

I honestly just learned about this one today, but it seems fascinating: Instead of a focused hour of music from a single franchise, the Game ON! symphony plays selections from a whole host of (relatively) recent games, including Ori and the Blind Forest, DOTA 2, Civilization V, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag… the list continues, and it’s broad. It looks like Game ON! concerts only happen very occasionally, so if you’re into the concept it’s worth checking back on the website every few months.

Current upcoming dates:

  • May 24 and 25, 2024: Toronto, Roy Thompson Hall
  • February 1, 2025: Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall
  • June 11, 2025: Vancouver, The Orpheum

In other news…

A fancy lawnmower company has put Doom in their mowers. I have so many thoughts, and so many feelings, but I am choosing to simply sigh.

Warner Bros is pulling Adult Swim games from sale, because we are approaching the natural and horrible conclusion of a license-based consumer market.

To steal the headline directly from Polygon: Margot Robbie’s producing a Sims movie by the director of Loki. Live your truths, Margot and Kate.

In an intriguing change of pace, Embracer Group is selling something: Saber Interactive, to private investors. The private investors take the form of a company called Beacon Interactive, which was supposedly created specifically for the sale. Once Beacon has officially acquired Saber, Embracer Group will cease operations in Russia.

GDC happened! It was weird!

Larian has no plans for Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC or sequels, but they’re going to carry on patching the game for a while. This patch-first, extras-later (if at all) strategy roughly matches how they operated for their previous games, the Divinity series in particular. While I’m sure I would love BG3 DLC, I honestly prefer this: I’d rather the Larian devs keep working on making one really, really good game even better than run themselves ragged trying to bust out extra content that’s only okay. It’s all right for things to end!

Aaaaand finally, Overwatch 2 PvE bit the dust. This is a sort of conceptual bummer for me, a person who loves a single-player game, but also not really that much of one because I had forgotten they were even working on it.