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Tommy Tallarico CAN'T STOP LYING


Tommy Tallarico, a (self-proclaimed?) once-respected figure in the video game industry, seems to have taken the art of self-promotion to unprecedented heights, morphing it into an advert of misleading achievements and distorted truths. Despite a career boasting significant contributions, including his roles in game development, music composition, and live entertainment, reality paints a much different picture—one riddled with inaccuracies and inflated claims. Via Reddit, user u/D-List_Celebrity posted the latest 2024 Nashville Symphony Playbill with a summary of Tommy Tallarico, and his "accomplishments".


Tallarico, supposedly known for his work on iconic titles such as 'Earthworm Jim' and 'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater' has been a household name for gamers across generations. However, his credibility has come into question (yet again - shocking, I know) as past accolades and experiences detailed in his biography now appear overstated or misleading.



Tommy's self-centered narrative seems to overshadow the collective achievements of many. The glaring misrepresentation of his involvement with projects and disregard for co-contributors have left many questioning the integrity behind his public persona.


The Playbill reads:


Tommy Tallarico has worked in the gaming industry as a designer, product manager, producer, writer, hardware executive, games tester, and heads of both music and video departments. He produced, co-created, wrote, and co-hosted three award-winning syndicated and network television shows as well as created the worldwide touring sensation Video Games Live.
As an accomplished musician, Tallarico has written music for video games for more than 30 years. In 1994, he was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide (Tommy Tallarico's Greatest Hits Vol. I on Capitol Records).
He has since released 18 video game soundtrack albums. He has won more than 50 industry awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2012 Game Developers Conference.
His top titles include Earthworm Jim, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Disney's Aladdin, Spider-Man, and Metroid Prime, as well as top-selling game franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, Guitar Hero, Madden Football, Mortal Kombat, Time Crisis, Unreal, James Bond, Blitz Football, The 7th Guest, Knockout Kings, Test Drive, Scooby Doo, WWE, and Twisted Metal, Tallarico is also the creator of the beloved Roblox "Oof" sound which became a worldwide sensation and arguably the most famous pop culture sound of the 21st century, garnishing billions of views from memes and YouTube videos around the world.

The situation takes a more troubling turn when examining Tallarico's claim to have written music for video games for over 30 years... a statement that simply doesn't hold up against the timeline of his actual output. For instance, the last known game he composed for was released over a decade ago, contradicting the three-decade-long career he touts. This lack of transparency and consistency in his narrative has become to-be-expected out of a modern-day con-artist. Nowhere in the accomplishments does it mention the Intellivision Amico... The pillar that epitomizes the failure of combined lies throughout the years.



His claim of creating the 'Oof' sound for Roblox, a statement that has been met with both ridicule and legal challenge, further illustrates the lengths to which Tommy will go to maintain his facade of relevance and innovation in the gaming world. Remember that Hbomberguy video that debunked it? 11+ million people saw that (so far). Doesn't matter. Tommy's still rolling with it as truth anyways.


What is perhaps most alarming is Tallarico's persistent denial and continued fabrication in the face of evidence. His inability to admit to falsehoods or acknowledge the contributions of others showcases a profound lack of humility and respect for the industry that once revered him.



There's still a profound disconnect between the man many once admired and the persona he projects. Tommy's legacy, once rooted in genuine achievement, has now been unveiled for all to see overshadowed by a narrative of falsehoods.

~Smash

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