Level 20: Neal Acree (World of Warcraft, Revelation), OverAchievers, GlitchCon MN

You can blame our tardy publication on jury duty, should you need a target… And I’ve had a cold since PAX East, so please forgive the stuffiness…
Neal Acree is our composer guest this week. He’s been contracting with Blizzard for years, initially scoring cinematics for World of Warcraft. That blossomed into writing more and more for Blizzard games, including WoW expansions, Diablo III, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void, and more.Revelation is the newest game Neal’s scored, and this music is great. The game is made by Chinese developer NetEase. Sam and I love the blend of Eastern and Western harmonies and instruments. Neal did such a fabulous job with this soundtrack!
GlitchCon happened in Minneapolis last weekend, and I moderated a panel with three composers on it called the Game Music Melee. It was like a game jam, but with music. You’ll hear the tracks Charlie McCarron, Troy Strand and Robert Frost III wrote in only 30 minutes.
Annnnnnnnd patron Zachary Schroeder talks about his obsession with Wolfenstein: The New Order and how he managed to get that platinum trophy in our occasional series “OverAchievers.” In case you’re curious, you can see a list of all 51 trophies here.

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