Magfest is different from the anime conventions I have reviewed in the past. Unlike them, Magfest is a video game/music convention. It’s a 24 hour, 4 day con that focuses on video games and concerts around video games. It was a nice change of pace from the typical anime convention; held in the same location as Katsucon, in the Gaylord National Harbor.
One of the biggest groups, The Megas, have an entire rock opera around the video game Mega Man. Concerts were held at various points during the con.
Panels focused on videogames of course, but they started to take another focus on popular internet culture figures. From people who create video game reviews (Game Grumps being one of the biggest internet culture figures) to people who did other comedy reviews, for movies and TV shows. This is a bit of a change from how Magfest started, but it shows how the convention is evolving towards the tastes of its attendees.
The biggest and best part of Magfest is the video game room. Its probably the biggest gaming room you’ll find in a convention. There are dozens of arcade cabinets, consul games and so much more. They have a set up for almost every type of game you can walk up to and play. It’s a pretty great experience to be able to play a game you might have not have been able to play before. A few of the cabinets were Japanese only games, so it was nice getting the chance to try them out for the first time. They were holding tournaments for fighting games there as well. The game room was open 24 hours, so you could come and go as you pleased.
Something that had started to pick up more at Magfest was cosplay. Previous years it wasn’t as cosplay friendly, but as cosplay has grown as a whole, so has the cosplay scene at Magfest. Here’s a few photos of some of the cosplayers I managed to snag.