Mike Ibarra

Mike “deft” Ibarra is a staff writer for the VOG Network who wrote prior for the Orange Lounge Radio website. An English teacher and freelance translator based out of Mexico, Mike is a music aficionado and geek all around. Contact him or follow him over at Twitter at @act_deft, Facebook or Google+.

Hello fellow readers and video game music aficionados alike! It’s time for another I Love That Concert article! This time we will be talking about Gamacon Symphony, a local video game concert, and Capcom LIVE, produced by Shota Nakama and Tommy Tallarico, of Video Games LIVE. While Gamacon has been an on-going convention and concert for years now, November 5th marked the first ever Capcom LIVE concert in Latin America, ever! So, did it live up to the hype? We will see in today’s article.

I Love That Song! by - 11/18/2016 9:05 AM Comments (0)

It has been a while people but “I Love That Song” is back, and with a blast! This time, we will not be covering just one song but a WHOLE CONCERT! I went to Mexico City to presence the Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses concert and this was my experience.

I Love That Song! by - 3/18/2015 11:16 PM Comments (2)

I have covered a wide variety of genres on VOG’s run of “I Love That Song”, some that I have liked, some that have surprised me and maybe others that have not been that great (“Gimme F”…). Now we have a new genre in store for this article, indie rock, with the band Derpidety. They have a really song, so grab your lawn chair, grab an ice cold lemonade or tea, sit back and enjoy this marvelous track.

I Love That Song! by - 1/7/2014 10:17 PM Comments (2)

Spacechem, you may have heard of this game or maybe even have it on your Steam account and still do not even know of its existence. It is quite a complex yet ingenious game, but hard as hell. While it is an easy game to play, you will get stuck trying to solve all the puzzles in it. While it is very frustrating, and you will feel that your brain will melt, you will feel like a total genius when you get to solve them. The music will pretty much inspire you to do so.

I Love That Song! by - 10/20/2013 9:02 AM Comments (0)

Starting from being a simple indie title, it caught the attention of Microsoft back in 2009’s Dream.Play.Build challenge and stayed in development for over 3 years. Until its release as one of Xbox’s Summer of Arcade titles, the showcase for mayor indie titles throughout each year. And now it has made its way to Steam for people to enjoy on the PC. Designed and programmed by only one person, this game looks promising. But is it truly worth the hype or will it bite the dust?

Review by - 6/1/2013 5:16 PM Comments (0)

Chiptune is a genre that, throughout recent years, has been growing and developing a lot. When most people think of it, they mostly recall to Nintendo style music with the bleeps and blops (and other onomatopoeia). But I think it is more than that; it is a great blend of styles since the songs can be simple or complex, it can be a hard rocking tune but it can also be a sweet calm melody. Songs that you can emote with, feel passionate about, and enjoy without any sort of visual or action on the part of the listener; like any regular song should be. The “Chido-Chip” compilation achieves that. (Click More... for More)

I Love That Song! by - 5/5/2013 10:50 AM Comments (2)

Many of you have maybe heard of a really huge and widely popular music and arts festival over at Coachella, California. Thousands of people gather there to listen to really famous and not so famous artists and bands play throughout 2 weekends in April and have really great time (or so I’ve heard). Now, what does The Coachella Festival has to do with geeks this time around? Well, this year we kinda have some representation over there with The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Unicorn Kid. (Click More... for More)

I Love That Song! by - 4/2/2013 12:03 AM Comments (0)

Here at VOG, we usually try to highlight indie stuff and not cover what most people already have heard (we are hipsters like that), but screw that! We bring you today two highly grossing and insanely popular artists, Carly Rae Jespen and (Click More... for More)

I Love That Song! by - 3/31/2013 11:21 PM Comments (4)

BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is the newest entry to the BIT.TRIP series, but it is also the first sequel to a BIT.TRIP game. The first Runner is a pretty simple game - you run and collect gold bars while evading enemies to the rhythm or beat the music. It was quite notorious for being quite difficult and making nods to the old days of gaming, not to mention having a great soundtrack. But what does Runner2 have to offer that the previous game already gave us?

Review by - 3/1/2013 2:45 PM Comments (1)

So the Grammys passed recently, and if you have not been paying attention to gaming news, the soundtrack for the Sony’s best title of 2012, Journey, was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. For many years, video game music aficionados have wanted to see something like this to happen for many years and now we thank Austin Wintory for it. (Click More... for more)

I Love That Song! by - 2/28/2013 6:18 PM Comments (4)