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Go west, young MAGFest

MAGFest has been a Dtoid tradition for many years, and has one of the biggest in-house community turnouts for public events. That's partially because people come from all over the world to attend, but for you west coast folks, there might b...   read

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MAGFest 2017 event registration is live

The Music and Gaming Festival, otherwise known as MAGFest, has just opened registration for its 2017 event today. Some slight changes to pricing structure were made to ensure that the tickets don't instantly vanish, but pre-registration is ...   read

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MAGFest 2016

See the madness that is MAGFest 2016 first-hand

MAGFest, also known as the Music and Gaming Festival, has blown up since its start in 2002. Originally consisting of just 265 people, this year's con (held at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center) is expected to hit ...   read

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At MAGFest? Find Conor!

Dtoid Community Monster and all-around nice guy Conor Elsea is at MAGFest this weekend. ARE YOU?! If so, you should totally find him, because he's recording an extra special episode of Radio Destructoid with Radio D alumn Aaron "Mxy" Yost, ...   read


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 this January. M...   read

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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. Tons of games, ev...   read

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Dragon Fantasy OST
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Download a free track from the Dragon Fantasy Book II OST

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 co...   read

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MAGFest 12

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 games and art (...   read

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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 released, we can tell...   read

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Mega Man-athon 2
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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 over to their site...   read


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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 lyrics" treatm...   read

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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 start with booze. H...   read

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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 announ...   read

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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 Benjamin Briggs a...   read


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 the Video Games...   read

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MAGFest Presents...

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 organizers have begu...   read

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Electric Boogaloo
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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 way to the con...   read

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MAGFest 11

Late-night listening: ABSRDST at MAGFest 11

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 ...   read

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Mega Ran
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'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 Bandcamp right away ...   read

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I <3 Kinuyo Yamashita

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 stage listening t...   read

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MAGFest 11

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

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 always, Jake "virt"...   read

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Streets of Rage

MAGFest: Streets of Rage 4 prototype rejected by Sega

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 asked him about ...   read

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MAGFest: Bad Dudes to tackle EarthBound for next album

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 been told to expec...   read

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MAGFest 2013

MAGFest: Day two, Video Game Orchestra and bLiNd win

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 bands, who play...   read

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MAGFest 11

MAGFest: Destructoid Live panel was awesome

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, inc...   read

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Jayson Napolitano was Destructoid's Music Editor, specializing in coverage of game music, chiptunes, and more. He now owns and operates , a game audio PR and record label company, continuing to s...



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