January 29, 2012
Arata Hanyuda, Earthbound Papas, Fantasy Life, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, Inverse Phase, Koichi Sugiyama, Kurt Rosenwinkel, MAGFest, Michio Okamiya, Music, Nobuo Uematsu, The Year 200X, Tsutomu Narita, VGM, Video Game Music, Video Games, Yasunori Mitsuda, Yoshitaka Hirota
In case you missed them:
Part I: The Appetizer
Part II: The Meat
Nobuo Uematsu and the Earthbound Papas were set to perform at 10:30pm on Saturday. After a long number of hours at panels and gaming, a bunch of us stood in line at Elevation Burger for a long time only to be told that they no longer had milkshakes. That was the worst. However, we quickly devoured what we got and headed to meet our friends at the show.
When we got there, The Year 200X, one of the many bands named after something Mega Man-related, was playing. I think we arrived 45 minutes early, and that was time enough for us to get optimally positioned for the Earthbound Papas. We were slightly left of center-stage, 5-10 people back, I’d guess. After some moshing and a rendition of “Dancing Mad” that was highly praised the next morning by Uematsu and his band themselves, the stage crew immediately started getting ready for the headliner amidst a sea of Colossus roars.
As you can see in the picture, the crowd for the Earthbound Papas was, as you’d expect, enormous. That wasn’t even the whole crowd, either—I took that well before they came out, if I remember correctly. Of course, everyone was going wild the whole time, and the crowd got especially pumped when Uematsu came out during soundcheck for a couple of minutes.
January 2, 2012
Darren Korb, Earthbound Papas, Hiroki Kikuta, MAGFest, Music, Nobuo Uematsu, OC ReMix, VGM, Video Game Music, Video Games
MAGFest, in its most basic form, is an annual fan-run video game convention that takes place at the beginning of the year in the Washington, D.C., area. It’s not a showcase-type of convention; rather, it’s one that is all about playing and enjoying video games and the like to their fullest potential (read: party). Some of the key features of the convention are its 24-hour game room that holds tons of arcade cabinets and console setups, its diverse set of panels hosted by veteran and up-and-coming gaming professionals and organizations alike, and its multitude of concerts by video game cover bands and chiptune artists. This year – its tenth – MAGFest runs from January 5th through the 8th at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, MD..
My friends will be there, ready to rock out accordingly. You will know us by our shirts, which contains the blog’s new logo:
Art ©Natalie Parisi
If you’re going and see one or more of us wearing the shirt, stop us and say “hi”! I can’t guarantee that I’ll be the one that you stop, but anyone wearing one should have a good indication of where I am if you’d like to speak to me directly. If you do stop one of us, I think I might have a couple extra shirts to give away… (we’ll work out how to find you later and get one to you).
This will be my second MAGFest, but some of my friends have been a part of the convention since its inception. The sense of community between the longtime attenders is infectious, and its energy sucks in everyone that attends. Needless to say, I highly recommend attending and staying for the weekend if you can get to the area.
Not only will I be getting my fill of all of the gaming that I can dream of, I will be attempting to get an array of material to post for the blog. After all, VGM is a huge thing there, from the concerts to the panels. Last year, goers were graced by the presence of none other than the great Hiroki Kikuta (Secret of Mana), and, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, this year we will be standing before, and listening to, the man himself: Nobuo Uematsu.