While most of us will be doing little more than groggily breaking our resolutions on New Year’s Day, a fine collection of geeks and gamers will be gathering in Alexandria, VA for the annual Music and Gaming Festival. MAGFest 2010, which will go down January 1-4, promises to be another fantastic event for game culture aficionados. Now in its eighth year, the festival continues to offer such amenities as 24-hour console/arcade/PC gaming rooms, live music from video game cover bands, the “JamSpace” for impromptu musical performances, specialty vendors and guest speakers from the video game industry and fan scene.
Featured guests include Sid Meier, Jon St. John (the voice of Duke Nukem) and the creators of hit web series There Will Be Brawl. The musical line-up is no less impressive, boasting big names such as The OneUps, The Megas, Temp Sound Solutions and Armcannon.
The organizers have also seen fit to include a pair of new features at next year’s festival. The first is the Charity Game Marathon, in which the fine folks from the Speed Demos Archive will be executing unbelievable speed runs of over 60 games, all the while accepting donations to support the international humanitarian organization CARE. The second is the Indie Game Showcase, in which independent game developers will show off their titles in hopes of winning the favor of industry professionals and representatives from academia.
For further information, preregistration opportunities and access to the community’s Room- and Ride-share lists, check out the official MAGFest site.