MAGFest is four solid days of music, games, and parties. Not even joking. From January 2nd to the 5th, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD becomes a haven for all things video game. Between concerts, Indie Showcases, Panels, Gaming Free-Play, and the 24 hour arcade, there won’t be a dull second the entire weekend. This year will be the twelfth annual festival and is looking to be the largest so far with a projected attendance of 12,000 people. Numbers aside, MAGFest this year has a ton to look forward to.
MAGFest has always been one of the best scenes for gaming music and this year is no different. The 2014 roster includes over 40 bands either covering or inspired by video game tunes. The Megas, Bit Brigade, The OneUps, ARMCANNON, Triforce Quartet, and more will be playing sometime over the weekend.
Between concerts, attendees can check out panels featuring guests like MAGFest regular Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem, or maybe hang out in one of the many, many game spaces filled wall to wall with arcade machines and gaming consoles across generations. When I say wall to wall, I really mean it. These rooms are huge.
This year will also feature the Indie Game Showcase with 20+ indie studios in attendance and the “Games on Film” film festival with a dozen gaming-inspired films up for viewing. I know I’m missing something, so be sure to check out the MAGFest website to see everything this convention has to offer.
MAGFest and PAX Prime are the two yearly events I’m hellbent on attending. This year will be my third year and I swear to god, I’m going to a concert this time. John-Charles Holmes of Twinfinite will also be attending this year, so be sure to either comment here or harass us on twitter if you’ll be around. We’re also hijacking the Twinfinite Instagram account, so make sure you follow to see all the pictures we’ll be spamming over the weekend.