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JR Ortega

By JR Ortega
June 6, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.

With E3 a week away, it would make sense to write about what's coming down the pipe at the expo. 

But I won't. Instead, I'll be talking about music.

Don't worry, I haven't completely lost my mind. Two weeks ago, I wrote about what to be excited for at E3

The only latest news isn't news at all, but rampant rumor. As usual, people on social media get crazy with ideas and leaks before the big expo, which is June 13-15.

Really though, in the gamer-world, there is no harm is excitable rumors, so I find no harm sharing what people would love to see. There's talk about Bethesda (the publisher of hit-games like "Fallout" and "Elder Scrolls") having some bigger than expected announcements for the expo.

Gamer rumors now talk about a reveal for a new game called "Starfield." The game would basically be like "Fallout" and "Elder Scrolls" but in a space-setting. The other big rumor that would be amazing if true is an announcement for "Elder Scrolls 6." This would make sense time wise, considering Elder Scrolls' "Skyrim" was released in 2011 and "Oblivion" in 2006. 

The reality is, rumor or not, these games will eventually make their way out. I see these "rumors" to be more like wishful thinking. 

But I digress; yes, I digress halfway through this column. 

Actually, the reason I wanted to talk music was because of video games; go figure.

This weekend, I stumbled upon new-to-me artist Tina Guo. This world-known cellist is absolutely amazing. She evokes a lot of video game soundtracks from her gorgeous string instrument. She makes them come alive, and it's absolutely amazing to watch and listen to.

One of the first video game songs I heard was "Skyrim (Dragonborn)" from her "Game On" album.

Guo really has a way of making the music hit your soul. Her music and passion for music in video games reminds us how far the video game industry has come. It's must more than just a "way to pass time." Video games are a multibillion-dollar industry, and creating them is no easy feat.

Several years ago, I also found Taylor Davis, and I've loved her ever since. This violinist performs many video game covers. She has about 50 of those alone on her YouTube Channel. She covers games like "The Legend of Zelda," "Assassin's Creed" and "Kingdom Hearts," just to name a few.

See, I had a reason all along for talking about music. Going into E3, I think it's important to remember how far video games have come. Hundreds of talented artists produce the graphics, scores and storylines for these amazing creations.

And then, artists like Guo and Davis are inspired to create wonderful music covers that are visually appealing and beautiful to our ears. 

Want to know more about Tina Guo, follow her on Twitter, @Tinaguo. Also, follow Taylor Davis on Twitter, @ViolinTay.

As usual, Tweet me, @j_r_ortega. Also, I'll have a special column next week about all the E3 announcements. 



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