This mixed reality music video features an excellent song from renowned Second Life musician Keiko Takamura that's a geek's mash-up delight: The machinima part of the video was created in Second Life, for one thing, but it's entirely referencing Bioshock, last year's acclaimed RPG/shooter hybrid. On another level, it's sung from the point of view of BioShock's hero and his, well, complicated friendship with Atlas, the embattled rebel of Rapture city who guides him over the radio. (You only catch all the song's references if you've finished the game before listening.) At still another level, Keiko is actually singing about all the friends you're not sure you should trust.
That's intentional, as it turns out. She wrote "Same Sad Tune" while watching her boyfriend play BioShock, Keiko tells me, while also thinking of "[a] guy who kept on offering to help me out at a time when I really needed it, but flaked out on me and disappeared off the face of the earth whenever I thought he was serious about keeping his word." Her brilliant move is connecting these two totally unrelated elements, and it's testament to why Keiko Takamura's music has such a passionate following in Second Life. Her success in the metaverse, she says, is also why she recently moved to San Francisco, to build her music career in both realities.