As I’ve mentioned numerous times, MAGFest is an awesome convention that takes place every January over four days. It stands for Music And Gaming Festival, and is an all-out nerdgasm for anyone who likes video games, game soundtracks, and/or chiptunes. This year was its tenth iteration (hence the Roman Numeral X), and my third time attending.
Since the event has doubled in size from the previous year each time I’ve attended, the three MAGFest experiences I’ve had have been quite different, but all amazing.
This year I road-tripped with several of my friends, and we kicked off the journey with a funny coincidence; while grabbing lunch in Columbus (where my leg of the journey began), we were approached by someone from the table over, asking if we happened to be going to MAGFest – because he and his friends were as well! We didn’t end up running into them at all during the event (which isn’t surprising for a convention of reportedly 6,000 attendees this year), but it was quite surprising to randomly encounter other con-goers at a burger joint almost 8 hours away from where the event took place.
Once we got on the road, I quickly employed tactics to ward off boredom; namely, Cave Story+, since I had brought my laptop and PDP Afterglow controller with me! And 8 short hours (and a few naps) later, we’d arrived.
Wednesday and Thursday nights got a bit blurry….
But Friday was when the con ACTUALLY began, for me at least.
Ellen was so thrilled to see us in costume!
And John told us to strike a pose with each other!
I also purchased a copy of his novel, Dancing With Eternity, and had him sign it for me.
The highlight of Saturday was getting to see Nobuo Uematsu perform with his band the Earthbound Papas perform. The crowd at the show was HUGE, and Uematsu was so nice . He told us all what an honor it was to be there performing for us! He went on to say that needed a beer, and then began speaking in Japanese. What a pleasant man.
To sum it up, I got to see friends I hadn’t seen in months, met some really amazing people, and of course, played tons of video games.
And now, since I never have any idea how to conclude things like this, I’ll leave you with one last thought: go to MAGFest XI. You won’t be disappointed.
[All photos taken by Sam Wilson]