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I <3 Kinuyo Yamashita photo
I <3 Kinuyo Yamashita

My greatest MAGFest 11 moment


"Castlevania-ception"
Jan 06
// Tony Ponce
This was my first MAGFest, and damn, it did not disappoint. So much hotness everywhere. For most people, it would be impossible to narrow down the greatest moment of the show. For me, it was simple. I'm at the main concert st...
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MAGFest 11

MAGFest: Day three with virt, Yuzo Koshiro, and A_Rival


So much great music, so little time!
Jan 06
// Jayson Napolitano
As previously mentioned, the Saturday's schedule at MAGFest was incredibly compact. There were tons of great acts scheduled as well as several impromptu performances that turned out to be some of the best of the show. As alwa...
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Streets of Rage

MAGFest: Streets of Rage 4 prototype rejected by Sega


Koshiro envisions modern club music soundtrack
Jan 06
// Jayson Napolitano
You probably know by now that composer Yuzo Koshiro was one of several special guests at MAGFest 11 this weekend. While his DJ set last night was amazing, we did get the chance to talk to him before the show and immediately a...
EarthBound photo
EarthBound

MAGFest: Bad Dudes to tackle EarthBound for next album


New Fangamer product line to include Bad Dudes album
Jan 06
// Jayson Napolitano
Despite numerous scheduling conflicts yesterday at MAGFest, we did get the chance to pop in on the Bad Dudes panel where they announced that their next project will be a physical remix album dedicated to EarthBound. We've bee...
MAGFest 2013 photo
MAGFest 2013

MAGFest: Day two, Video Game Orchestra and bLiNd win


Lots of great acts, more photos
Jan 05
// Jayson Napolitano
It's another sleepless night here at MAGFest. Our panel went well today, and we were treated to some amazing acts on Friday night here in National Harbor, MD. Stage two featured the Descendants of Erdrick, one of my favorite ...
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MAGFest 11

MAGFest: Destructoid Live panel was awesome


Name that tune, corgis, and of course, a group photo!
Jan 04
// Jayson Napolitano
Did you make it out to the Destructoid Live panel today at MAGFest? We had a great time filled with photos of corgis, name that tune, and a music video that you must absolutely see, "Fatty Boom Boom."We have a few photos from the panel, including the group photo shown above. Thanks to everyone who made it out, and be sure to catch the rest of our coverage from MAGFest 11.
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The Mega Manathon is running at MAGFest right now


Pew pew for the kids
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
MAGFest is a convention of many awesome things, and this year, they've combined two of my favorite things ever: Mega Man, and Child's Play. The fine folks at Half Empty Energy Tank are now running a 72-hour Mega Man charity m...
MAGFest 2013 photo
MAGFest 2013

MAGFest: Night one is over, you should be here


Random, OneUps, Metroid Metal, The Megas
Jan 04
// Jayson Napolitano
Destructoid is here at MAGFest. Are you? We had a blast today listening to the amazing rap stylings of Random (AKA Mega Ran), who impressed us with a freestyle session based on items that members of the audience held up. The ...
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Destructoid Live! panel at MAGFest this weekend


Friday at 3pm in Panels room 2
Jan 02
// Dale North
Are you going to MAGFest this weekend? You should. We gave you five very good reasons to go. The music alone should be good enough, and bonuses like table flipping should round out what's sure to be an incredible weekend.&nbs...
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Lords of Thunder

New VGM supergroup Lords of Thunder to debut at MAGFest


Inspired the face-melting shmup on TurboGrafx-CD
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
You won't just find old faves performing at MAGFest. Sometimes, new bands will take to the stage! Lords of Thunder is a supergroup that consists of Mike Villalobos and John Pike from Descendants of Erdrick, Mateo Marshall fr...

Five reasons you need to go to MAGFest 11

Dec 21 // Jayson Napolitano
While the merchandise area at MAGFest used to be crammed into a small lobby area, it's now expanded into an entire hall dedicated to everything from game music CDs to hand-painted 8-bit pixel art and everything in between. Whether you want to satiate your late night craving for Pocky or take home a souvenir from the event, you'll likely spend a good amount of time (and money!) on the awesome stuff being sold. Videogames! It's great to meet up with a friend you haven't seen in a long time and catch up over a friendly game of Mario Kart. Or Halo. Or Smash Bros. Whatever game it is that you like to play, it will likely be in the 24-hour game hall. Nearly every console is represented along with a ton of arcades (the newly-released DJMAX Technika 3 was available last year). And did I mention you can play ANY TIME you want? The major draw for MAGFest has always been the music. There will be over 40 acts performing this year, including special guest Yuzo Koshiro's DJ set and the new futuristic funk stylings of The OneUps. In fact, there are so many bands and artists performing that they have three separate stages for the event! Of course, there will also be Metroid Metal, The Megas, Armcannon, virt, Danimal Cannon, the Video Game Orchestra, and countless others on hand playing at all hours of the night and early morning, so don't miss out! While the special guests often get the most attention (Yuzo Koshiro, Kinuyo Yamashita, and Chris Huelsbeck are pictured above), there are tons of others who will be on hand, including Jake "virt" Kaufman, Jon St. Jon (voice of Duke Nukem), and more. And that's only the official guest roster. Over 6,000 people attended MAGFest last year, and those included all sorts of people from the gaming industry, so don't be surprised if you run into somebody you know or have heard of, or make new friends with the numerous attendees who share your passion for games and music. If you want to know where the official Destructoid meetup is for MAGFest, this is it. Destructoid Live! is scheduled for Friday, January 4, at 3PM and will feature Destructoid staff -- and of course you -- in an interactive session with fun, prizes, and memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to join us, and don't forget to stick around for the group photo afterwards! --- MAGFest is really something special. There are other events out there that do gaming and music, but not like this. Come out to National Harbor in just less than two weeks, meet some cool people, play some games, listen to some great music, and have a great time with Destructoid and the rest of the attendees! Get your tickets and learn more here: http://magfest.org/Chime in and let us know your favorite MAGFest memories if you've attended in the past, and let us know what you're most looking forward to this year. 
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And the music is just one of them!
MAGFest is hands down my favorite event of the year. The music and gaming festival not only features an endless buffet of both these things, it also has a lot more on offer as it grows each and every year. We've already menti...

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MAGFest

Flip tables at MAGFest: Best Child's Play fundraiser EVER


Channel your inner frustrated Japanese salaryman
Dec 21
// Tony Ponce
Who says you can't combine charitable giving with righteous anger? During next month's MAGFest at the Gaylord National Hotel in Maryland, you can take part in a very special fundraising activity. By donating a few bucks, you ...
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MAGFest 11 full musician and band lineup announced


Yuzo Koshiro and more than 40 acts
Oct 31
// Dale North
MAGFest, The Music And Gaming Festival, is an annual event held in the Washington D.C, and it's easily one of my favorite events of the year. This year, set for January 3 - 6,  is their eleventh event, and they have...
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Sonic fan film to premier at MAGFest 11


Oct 04
// Tony Ponce
[Header image by Beau-Skunk] Blue Core Studios, which produced the live-action Mega Man fan film two years back, is putting the finishing touches on its take on Sonic the Hedgehog. As with Mega Man, Sonic will be premiered a...
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Legendary game composer Yuzo Koshiro to attend MAGFest


Aug 15
// Tony Ponce
As if I needed any more reasons to go to MAGFest! We already knew that Kinuyo Yamashita, composer of the original Castlevania as well as Mega Man X3, will be in attendance, but now it's been announced that Yuzo Koshiro will a...
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Registrations for MAGFest 11 are go, go, go!


Jun 13
// Tony Ponce
Got your New Year's plans squared away? Well nuts to that! Go to MAGFest instead! From January 3-6, the Music And Gaming Festival will once again be tearing down the walls of the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Mar...
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The AVGN's MAGFest Q&A covers the upcoming film and more


Jan 16
// Tony Ponce
MAGFest may already be a distant memory for some, but for losers such as me who didn't have the privilege of attending, every new video and detail from that glorious weekend is news to us. James Rolfe, a.k.a. the Angry Video...
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Bit Brigade's Mega Man 2 concert / speedrun is my JAM


Jan 11
// Tony Ponce
MAGFest is the gift that keeps on giving, apparently. Why wasn't I there? Because reasons. So there's this band, Bit Brigade, whose members I will now consider my close, personal friends for life despite never having met the...
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MAGFest: Nobuo Uematsu reflects on the event


Jan 10
// Jayson Napolitano
I think Dale pretty much summed it up regarding MAGFest X which wrapped up yesterday: it was definitely the best yet, and neither of us want to wait for next year.  The highlight was Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu'...
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MAGFest X: The best one yet


Jan 08
// Dale North
Today wraps up the 10th annual Music and Gaming Festival, and I'm really sad that it's all over. MAGFest has always been fun for me, as many of my closest friends have been coming to the event every year since its first year....
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MAGFest: How a NES power adapter saved the main concert


Jan 08
// Dale North
I heard a great story today from MAGFest director Dominic Cerquetti about how a Nintendo Entertainment System power adapter and a bit of technical knowledge saved the headlining concert last night.  Special guests Nobuo ...
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Nobuo Uematsu and Earthbound Papas rocked MAGFest hard


Jan 08
// Dale North
Face? Rocked off. Heart? Still beating.  Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band, Earthbound Papas, headlined the concert Saturday night at the 10th MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival), held this year at Nation...
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Destructoid Live! panel at MAGFest X this weekend


Jan 03
// Dale North
Destructoid is hosting a panel at MAGFest X this weekend, and it will be stupid. So stupid. It hasn't even happened yet and I'm already embarrassed for myself and my co-hosts. I think it's funny that we'll be in the...
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This is what MAGFest is all about


Dec 24
// nekobun
[Editor's note: Community member Nekobun interviewed MAGFest's Nick Marinelli to get the lowdown on what MAGFest is all about. -- Hamza CTZ Aziz] MAGFest X looms nigh on the horizon, and with only less than a month left, I ma...
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MAGFest expands musical offerings with second stage


Dec 14
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
MAGFest is already jam packed with great musical guests. Nobuo Uematsu will be there with his new band, Earthbound Papas. Plus Armcannon, The Megas, Metroid Metal, Brentalfloss, The OneUps, Minibosses, This Place is Haunted a...
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MAGFest pre-registration deadline is coming up!


Dec 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Are you all set for MAGFest yet?! December 16 is the last day you can pre-register for the expo. What happens if you miss the deadline? I DON'T KNOW. But I do know Destructoid will be at MAGFest en masse once again. From Janu...
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MAGFest X: Nobuo Uematsu's Earthbound Papas are coming


Nov 04
// Jayson Napolitano
For those who haven't checked out MAGFest in the past, you've been sorely missing out.  Many here at Destructoid will attest to the fact that it's easily one of the best events of the year with its four days of games, mu...
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Zen Albatross rocks us all at MAGFest


Jan 23
// Matthew Razak
I'm a bit late at getting this up, but I had to bring everyone's attention to Zen Albatross's set at MAGFest. MAGFest had a huge Chiptunes component to it and not only did Zen (that's him above) perform in the show, but he al...
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MAGFest photos are one tenth as awesome as being there


Jan 17
// Matthew Razak
Every time Destructoid gets together it is awesome. I haven't had a bad time when I've gotten to hang out with this awesome and totally amazing community. However, MAFest 9 was seriously epic to an extent I couldn't even fath...






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