Alexandria becomes a videogamer mecca this weekend


Forget Pac Man. These are the world’s most sophisticated videogamers, and they’re coming here this weekend. 

About 1,000 videogamers and enthusiasts will converge at the Hilton Mark Center at 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria Jan/ 3-6 for the sixth annual Music and Gaming Festival, a nonstop weekend of tournaments, concerts and workshops.

Brendan Becker, 28, who runs the festival, said that three large rooms of videogames will be available free for registrants at the festival, also known as MAGFest. Videogame tribute bands will also perform rock, electronic, power-metal, and orchestral versions of popular game themes Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Our goal is to fuel the community of gaming and connect people with each other, whether they are industry leaders or casual gamers,” Becker said.

MAGFest will also offer workshops by videogame artists, musicians and programmers, discussions on videogame culture, trivia and costume contests, dealer tables, an auction of videogame equipment, and a 24-hour video room featuring videogame-related movies and cartoons.

Registration is $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. Visit for information and guest list or