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#0: 02-22-2016 @ 08:14:02 am
Link to this Post: http://www.machvergil.com/gamenight/messages.php?go=12205#12205

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The Music And Gaming Festival, also known as MAGFEST, is a convention at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.  It is about a 30 minute drive from my apartment in Rosslyn.   It has been going on for years and my co-worker buddy Alex has been trying to talk me into going for years but I didn't because "eh I'm already going to PAX and I shouldn't pay for another con."  This year I wasn't going to go either but then our weekend roleplaying to canceled so I suddenly had a Saturday free and Kitty in a position to appreciate having time alone to work on her cosplay.

Here's how I would sell MAGFEST to someone.  Imagine a giant room with two stages facing each other.  Imagine on one stage you have a rock band playing video game remixes, like Metroid Metal or BitBrigade or any from this list.  Now imagine that as you're watching this band, the next band is setting up on the other stage, and within 10 minutes, you get another concert.  That's what happens in the main stage from like 3:30pm until 2am most of the show's 4 days.   If that sounds like a good time already, let me express that this year, daily passes were $45, but the 4-day pass was $80.   Now let me add to that:

  • A Chiptune corner
  • Music acts going on at MAGFEST Underground into the night
  • A market place that is broken off from play areas and has a lot of independent artists selling gaming inspired things (this year Undertale's Temmie Cheng was there).  FanGamer was also present.
  • Large floor space of free-to-play Arcade games, Console games, and indie games. 
  • Official and impromptu tournaments.  The Impromptu tournaments are free to enter and the winner gets a $15 token to spend on the marketplace.
  • Super Art Fight
  • Each year seems to get at least a few big deal acts.  In 2015 Nobuo Uematsu showed up along with the Black Mages and performed.  This year Ninja Sex Party (Danny and Brian from Game Grumps) were there, as well as Kenji Inafune (creator of Mega Man) and Manami Matsumae (composer of original Mega Man games) came into town.

I have to stress this is no PAX.  It's not as big, and there isn't the big corporate presence.  No big developer is showing off early builds of their new game or anything like that.  That said, for me getting to see Bit Brigade again (they did Ninja Gaiden this time) and the InitCreates live performance was worth the price of admission alone.  I certainly want to consider next year pre-registering tickets and staying at the Hotel.  Even though it's a close drive, MAGFEST goes real late and it sounds like if you stay at the Gaylord Hotel the party doesn't really stop.  If that's something that sounds like fun to any of you, maybe keep an ear and eye out for MAGEST 2017 as a potential plan for your January or February of next year.

Here's a photo from the Initcreates Sound Team.  Dueling Guitar and Keytar man WTF.

This post was edited by machvergil on February 23, 2016, 12:58 pm


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#1: 02-22-2016 @ 05:54:26 pm
Link to this Post: http://www.machvergil.com/gamenight/messages.php?go=12208#12208

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I'd be interested in trying to go, especially if we turn it into a general "let's visit DC" trip.  Seems like Alex is a bit of a cult internet legend for the people who follow the Super Art Fight stuff, and I'd really like to see it at least once.


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#2: 02-23-2016 @ 10:07:35 am
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I'm guessing I'm the only one here who ever played any if Inti Creates' games (Mega Man Zero 1 - 4, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Mega Man ZX, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Mighty Number 9) so are unfamiliar with their music.  Even as someone who played a number of their games, they aren't the "I've played this 100 times" classics that the older Mega Man games are so the music wasn't as ingrained in my head.  Most of their set I was grooving along, trying to remember why the music sounded familiar but couldn't figure out from where.

Anyway, point is these guys are still good at what they do.  Here are the "Mythos Remix" versions of some of the tracks they played, which is pretty close to the versions I heard live.  Of the 3 I am sharing, Departure is my favorite, and honestly would probably go on a "favorite video game anthems" list if I was to ever force myself to come up with one.


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