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11:45 AM on 10.02.2014

Katamari Damacy composers confirmed for MAGFest 13

MAGFest, the Music and Games Festival, is going into its thirteenth year, and to celebrate they have some big musical guests lined up. Katamari Damacy composers Yuu Miyake and Yoshihito Yano will be...rolling into town t...

Dale North


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7:00 AM on 01.10.2014

MAGFest = WIN is chiptuney goodness for your ears

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...

Ian Bonds



Download a free track from the Dragon Fantasy Book II OST photo
Download a free track from the Dragon Fantasy Book II OST
by Darren Nakamura

Dragon Fantasy Book II released last year for PS3 and Vita, improving on Dragon Fantasy Book I with 16-bit graphics and a more fully realized soundtrack. What you may not know is that the soundtrack was composed by our very own corgi-loving Editor-in-Chief, Dale North. What you also may not know is that the soundtrack has debuted at MAGFest and will be going on sale on January 6.

It does a fantastic job of evoking SNES-era role-playing game soundtracks, with tracks ranging from sweeping orchestral pieces fit for untold adventures to funk bass infused tunes appropriate for exploring the more disreputable locations of the fantasy world. And I'm not just saying that because Dale could fire me at a moment's notice! Ha ha ha. Ha. No really, it's good, I promise.

In case you want a free sample, check out "Hypothecary" below or download it from Destructoid's SoundCloud.

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10:00 PM on 01.03.2014

This is what MAGFest 12 looks like

Destructoid is at MAGFest 12, and in addition to our "Community First" panel, we're also roaming the halls looking for trouble. For those of you who haven't attended before, there's a large dealer room to peruse and purchase ...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 01.02.2014

MAGFest is coming! Here's our panel info!

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...

Conor Elsea

9:00 AM on 12.30.2013

The second Mega Manathon is coming to MAGFest

Last year Half Empty E-Tank ran a noble Mega Manathon for charity, and they're back again with MAGFest 12 this January -- once again they will be supporting Child's Play. If you want to get involved you can actually head ove...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 12.23.2013

Brentalfloss gives us Super Mario 3D World with lyrics

If you follow Brentalfloss on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed how obsessed he's been with the soundtrack to Super Mario 3D World of late. I figured it was only a matter of time before he gave it the "what if it had...

Ian Bonds

10:00 AM on 12.08.2013

Here it is, the MAGFest main stage line-up

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...

Conor Elsea

10:00 PM on 11.28.2013

MAGFest's 'MAG Prom' and stage 2 line-up announced

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:

Mr Andy Dixon

11:00 PM on 11.12.2013

MAGFest chiptunes showcase and DJ line-up

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...

Conor Elsea

8:05 AM on 09.04.2013

Videogame composer Tommy Tallarico to attend MAGFest

MAGFest 12 will have videogame music composer Tommy Tallarico (his work spans over 250 games) attending as a guest. Aside from scoring games like Earthworm Jim and Metroid Prime, Tallarico is the producer and creator of ...

Dale North





7:45 PM on 01.29.2013

Mini-MAGFest! Game Over Austin on February 3

MAGFest 11 has come and gone, but as James Hetfield once said, the memory remains. Why should we have to wait a whole year for the next event, though? Why can't MAGFest be every day, or at least every few weeks? MAGFest organ...

Tony Ponce

11:30 PM on 01.07.2013

Great MAGFest 11 moment #2: Impromptu dance battle!!!

As I said yesterday, mind-blowing stuff can happen at any second at MAGFest. The kind of stuff that people will be talking about for years to come. Stuff like a random dance battle in the middle of the dealer room. I'm on my...

Tony Ponce



Late-night listening: ABSRDST at MAGFest 11 photo
Late-night listening: ABSRDST at MAGFest 11
by Jayson Napolitano

It was probably about three in the morning at MAGFest, shortly after we were kicked out of the main concert room following bLiNd's amazing DJ set. As we walked out into the hallway, we heard something incredibly catchy coming from down the hall. Tucked away in a corner was a table with a lone figure, ABSRDST, playing in front of a small and hazy-eyed crowd.

Thanks to the Internets, we were able to track this guy down, and we can certainly say that his music sounds great any time of day. Of particular note is the catchy Sugar Blossom and the Space Cadets album that combines chippy pop melodies with heavy electronic beats. It's a name-your-own-price album, and is certainly worth your attention if you're into retro game music (it's not 8-bit).

Let us know what you think! 

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4:30 PM on 01.07.2013

'Sock Hop,' Destructoid's unofficial MAGFest 11 anthem

As I mentioned earlier during Mega Ran's exclusive album premier, Niero and Dale North fell in love with "Sock Hop" when Ran performed it during his MAGFest set. They loved it so much that they downloaded the song from Bandc...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 01.06.2013

My greatest MAGFest 11 moment

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...

Tony Ponce