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This past weekend in Maryland's National Harbor, several thoudand like-minded individuals gathered for the 12th annual Music and Gaming Festival, AKA MAGFest. This was only my second year attending, but man it was a blast. To...


MAGFest is just TWO DAYS AWAY! We've been keeping you updated with announcements thus far, with news about the MAG Prom, DJ line-up, Mega Manathon, Main Stage line-up, and special guests. Now that the schedule has been releas...


I have been a part of the "real world" for a few years now, and I can say from experience that it certainly is not as glamorous as William "WillRock" Harby's new album Welcome to the Real World. We have previously seen a snip...


Not long ago, Andrew "DarkFalzX" Bado ran a Kickstarter campaign for the pixel art Metroidvania Legend of Iya, which just barely reached its funding goal in the final hours of its run. Though he has been putting his time int...


In 24 days I'll be piling into a car with some other Midwest Destructoid members and heading to MAGFest! Now that we have the full line-up, I don't even know where I want to start when I get there. Wait, with booze. I'll star...


MAGFest 12 is slowly inching its way toward us as I rip the pages off my word-a-day calendar (today's word is "gluttony"). Next year's event goes down January 2nd through 5th, and the second stage and MAG Prom line-ups have just been announced! Here's what's in store:


Ubiktune has impressed us in the past with its chiptune bundles and its various other published albums. As it turns out, the founder of Ubiktune Dmitry "C-jeff" Zhemkov is not just the Ubiktune founder; he's also a membe...


MAGFest is less than two months away! The yearly event takes place January 2nd - 5th at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor Maryland, and some of the acts have just been announced. Personally, I can't wait for Be...


Need some good, inexpensive chiptune rock? You may want to check out Adrian "Zantilla" Shegstad's recently released debut album, Encounters. Its hard, fast sound is inspired by UFOs, videogame music composer Jake "virt" Kaufm...


Retro game inspired music speaks to me (as I'm sure it does for many of you), and while I do enjoy a good remix/remake/remaster here and there, a lot of my favorite pieces are original compositions. Electronic music creator ...


Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who made Nintendo a gaming empire, passed away last week. Though he may have been a cutthroat codger while at the company's helm, his influence cannot be denied. His former employees have no doubt fo...


World 1-2 was pretty amazing. If you didn't snatch it up when it was first released, do realize that you have been missing out on a masterful collaboration of professional game composers and enthusiast arrangers, with contrib...


While some of us were attending PAX and getting all the ladies, others were back home, hard at work in the studio. My buddy Dj CUTMAN produced a brand new Zelda EP through his net label GameChops, and it's ready for mass cons...


Last year, chiptune aficionado Brandon Hood organized "Chiptunes = WIN" to promote the best of super happy rainbow sunshine chip music, starting with a mind-blowing 51-track album. Over the next few months, a number of ChipWI...


["Rockman Rockman 6" by Kinniku] After being denied a release on Wii's Virtual Console, the final NES Mega Man has at long last made it to the American 3DS eShop. Before we graduate to the synth goodness of the SNES, let's en...


Mega Man rapper Mega Ran may have recently dropped a stellar Castlevania hip hopera album, but he'll never forget the little blue dude who propelled his music career, resulting in his decision to leave his teaching gig and fo...


You may have heard that chip rockers Anamanaguchi have a new album, Endless Fantasy, in the works. The musical neon riders previously uploaded a video for the song "Meow" off the album, and now they follow up with one for th...


After nearly a month since the last soundtrack release, Capcom has made available the Mega Man 5 OST to celebrate the classic platformer's arrival on the 3DS eShop. As with the MM4 OST, the album costs $8.95 and contains both...


Chiptunes are cool and all, but you know me -- I gotta have that little extra edge. When chip music emulates face-melting metal, it's one of the nine most beautiful things in the world (maybe some day I'll tell you what the o...


[Update: The album is live! Hit up the Bandcamp page to get your free jams!] If you are a big chiptune nut, you've probably heard me make mention of "Chiptunes = WIN," a chip appreciation group that has released three free co...


Anamanaguchi just finished Endless Fantasy, their new 22-track record that's been in the works for the last three years. This is not the end of the story though, as Anamanguchi wants to go BIG. The chiptune band has put up a...


A couple weeks ago, Jayson Napolitano buzzed a gusher about World 1-2, a landmark music project organized by Mohammed Taher's Koopa Soundworks and Dj CUTMAN's GameChops net labels. They gathered some of the best music talents...


Greetings, comrades! Defend motherland from blue capitalist robot by purchasing Mega Man 4 soundtrack and showing what Soviet power can do! Ahhh... Cold War stereotypes. I miss 'em! I only informed you of the Mega Man 3 OST r...


[Video uploaded by bedsidecargo] Internet songman brentalfloss has uploaded many funny and creative music videos to his YouTube page over the years. Among those, he cherry-picked a few choice tunes, re-rerecorded them with im...


["The Mega Man 3 Posse" by CyberMoonStudios] If you've got $8.95 to spare, you can swing on down to Capcom's online store and download the Mega Man 3 soundtrack. It contains tunes from both the NES original and the PlayStatio...


The ridiculous Animation Domination YouTube channel puts out a lot of awesome short cartoons. Their latest one is a love letter to the '80s and '90s full of pop culture references, including plenty towards gaming. The chiptune portion of the song was also done by Pete Berkman of Anamanaguchi fame. 


Ubiktune is at it again, this time with a new artist named Monomer who's debut album, Quite Operational, combines '80s-tinged electronic music with 8-bit accents. While I'd normally pass on something that so heavily emphasize...


Okay, I have no idea how this album is even possible. How do you get the composers of the original Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man, Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill), Austin Wintory (Journey), Stemage of Metroid Metal, Module (Shatter), ...


Any debate over the best Classic series Mega Man soundtrack typically boils down to MM2 and MM3. Both games sport some of the best music on the NES, but when push comes to shove, MM2 will edge out ever so slightly in a popula...


Welcome back to Note Worthy, our monthly soundtrack round-up. This issue marks one year of Note Worthy, and I'm changing up things a bit with formatting. In the past, I've featured our ten monthly reviews in alphabetical orde...


We mentioned last week that a secret roster of chiptune artists were teaming up for charity in an upcoming release on Ubiktune. Now that the album is released, you can get in on some fantastic tracks from Jake "virt" Kaufman,...


Atreyu! Falcor! Atreyu? Falcor? Game music remixer Dj CUTMAN has organized a bunch of tunes that he's produced for the video group Underbelly into a nifty pay-what-you want pack. Underbelly Beats & Remixes contain a few s...


Not everyone can make chiptunes. Look, I'm a classically trained musician and I have trouble making them. My last creation sounded like a TurboGrafx-16 farted and then poured acid on itself.  iOS and Android app eJay Pu...


We love Ubiktune. And now there's an even bigger reason to check out their upcoming release titled Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes. An array of secret chiptune artists are joining forces with Noise Channel's c...


No, it will never get old. NEVER. OverClocked ReMixer Joshua Morse has organized a jazz-electronica fusion celebration of Namco's Ridge Racer series. He was assisted by a pair of fine young gentlemen with wonderful first name...


Last year, French composer Yoann Turpin released his very first album, Rhythm'n'Bits. It straddled a few lines by incorporating both chip sounds and live instruments for a funk-fusion style inspired by 16-bit RPGs. For his fo...


Capcom announced during their PAX East panel that they're working on making every mainline Mega Man soundtrack available for download. Today they've made good on that promise by getting the first Mega Man OST on their officia...


Dedicated PC gamers have often trumpeted the superiority of their chosen platform in part because of the ability to expand a PC's capabilities with add-on upgrades. Their claim was that home consoles had a static hardware con...


Game musician Drew "halc" Wheeler has a treat for you. The OverClocked ReMix champion promised a new musical gift if his fans showered love on his Facebook page. The incentive worked, and the man held true to his word. Pixel ...


How can I help you, King DeDeDe?I NEED A MONSTAH TO CLOBBER DAT DERE KIR-BEH! Game music arrangement repository OverClocked ReMix has released Milky Way Wishes: A Kirby Super Star Tribute, a project that has spent a dizzying...






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