The 12th Annual Music And Gaming Festival (MAGFest 12) is right around the corner!! The convention runs from Thursday, January 2nd, though Sunday, January 5th, at the Gaylord National Hotel.
Before I forget, here's the link for the official site:
The lineup of guests and performers is great! The musical headliner this year is Machinae Supremacy, who'll be traveling from Sweden for their first performance this side of the Atlantic! The official list of confirmed musical groups is huge! Here're the groups who will perform on the main stage:
...and here are the second stage performers!:
- Eight Bit Disaster
- OverClocked University
- Rare Candy
- Triforce Quartet
- Final Stage
- Lucio Baldomero
- Chronicles of Sound
- VIKING GUITAR
- Random Battles
Other bands that have performed in the past include Powerglove, The Protomen, Metroid Metal, Nobuo Uematsu's Earthbound Papas., and more.
MAGFest typically also features a considerable number of panel guests as well. So far, the following guests are confirmed:
- Darren Korb (composer for Bastion!)
- Al Lowe (creator of the original Leisure Suit Larry games, as well as the new Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded)
- Jon St. John (voice of Duke Nukem)
- Matt Mercer and Zach Grafton
- Tommy Tallarico
Past guests have included Grant Kirkhope, Chris Huelsbeck, Yuzo Koshiro, the Angry Video Game Nerd, and many others.
The focus of this convention is heavily on music, games available (for free) play, and guests. They have a huge room filled with arcade cabinets, another room with consoles and challenge stations, a LAN party area, a dealers/merchandise room, a tabletop gaming room, and more! There aren't any/many industry showcase tables, AAA game releases and new demos, etc. It's all about the music, the games, the guests, and the fun!
For anyone who's planning to attend, would you be interested in a GWJ meetup? (I'm not 100% sure yet that I'll be attending, but I'm going to make every effort to do so!)
EDIT: We're less than a week away! I still need to add the list of chiptune artists and DJs, update the list of guests.