VCONCERT 2014 Game Music Line-Up to Stream Live on Twitch

Composers of Silent Hill, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Minecraft, Hotline Miami, Far Cry 3, and more to take to the stage in Mexico on November 8, 2014

Press Release below:

Monterrey, Mexico - November 5, 2014 - Mariachi Games is proud to announce that the entireVCONCERT 2014 line-up will be streamed live on Twitch for game music fans around the globe to take part in the festivities. There's approximately ten hours of performances planned, and this is the first time that the event will be streamed online. The third annual VCONCERT event will take place in Monterrey, Mexico at the Escena Hall on November 8, 2014, and can be streamed live starting at 4:00pm CST:


VCONCERT 2014 on Twitch

The complete line-up of acclaimed composers and performers are as follows:

Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Lollipop Chainsaw)
Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Skullgirls)
The Megas (Megaman tribute band)
C418 (Minecraft)
El Huervo (Hotline Miami)
M.O.O.N. (Hotline Miami)
Power Glove (Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon)
Brian Cubría: Chip Damage (Nintendo jazz band)
Mortal Konga (Videogame cumbia)

VCONCERT is the definitive game music event in Mexico, with past performers including Disasterpeace (FEZ), Baiyon (PixelJunk Eden), and The OneUps for its inaugural event in 2012, and Jim Guthrie (Superbrothers: Swords & Sworcery EP) and Jake "virt" Kaufman (Shovel Knight) in 2013 along with others who are returning the 2014 event.

"VCONCERT got its start after our friend, Akira Yamaoka, visited Mexico for a special show where he performed with a mariachi band," reflects Mariachi Games Creative Director Mariano Latapi di Carlo. "This experience got us thinking about doing a proper show with Akira, and VCONCERT was born. It's been a difficult ride financially, but our passion for games and game music has seen us through to our third annual concert, and we couldn't be more happy to know that fans who can't join us here in Mexico will also get to enjoy the show via the Twitch stream."

In addition to ten hours of live musical performances, those who attend the event in Monterrey, Mexico, will also be able to enjoy an art exhibit celebrating 25 years of the Game Boy with 25 different hand-painted Game Boy units that pay homage to 25 different Game Boy titles, retro game shops, a vendor space, and a PlayStation demo area with titles including Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Minecraft(Vita), Little Big Planet 3, Driveclub, The Last of Us Remastered, Infamous: First Light, and Hohokum.

Purchase tickets and learn more about the event and the performers on the official VCONCERT 2014 website:

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Celebrate the launch of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in Los Angeles this Saturday, October 4th

Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament during the afternoon, and an Art Show Tribute to Super Smash Bros the same night!

Join Game Music 4 All and Retrobits LA at Rose City Pizza for a full day dedicated to Super Smash Bros. Celebrate fifteen years of Nintendo's flagship fighting game, as well as the debut of Super Smash Bros for 3DS.

Head over to the Retrobits LA section for full event and tournament info!

Check out the sneak preview for some of the art by Los Angeles based artists.

Celebrate the release of Super Smash Bros for 3DS in Los Angeles this Saturday, Oct. 4th


Attend an all ages, free admission Super Smash Bros 3DS launch community retro tournament and art show event brought to you by retrobitsLA and Rose City Pizza.

Grabbing Super Smash Bros for the 3DS, and looking for a challenge? Come on out to Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, CA and enjoy a day of Smash Bros, including an N64 Smash Bros Tournament ($5 Entry Fee) and Super Smash Bros themed art show featuring local artists

  • Eat delicious food, and craft beers from Rose City Pizza
  • Compete for a cash prize in the original N64 Super Smash Bros! (Tournament rules and info)
  • Hang out with fellow gamers while checking out amazing artwork.
  • Compete in friendly matches in Super Smash Bros for 3DS.

Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament & Retrogaming Meet Up 10.04.14



On October 4, 2014, the N64 classic Super Smash Bros (N64) returns for another round!

Join Retro Bits Social Club at 1PM at Rose City Pizza (directions on event page) to compete for the grand prize in our latest retro videogame tournament, or simply grab some pizza and beer from Rose City Pizza and enjoy a day of classic video games, food, and friends!

Click here for Super Smash Bros (N64) Tournament Rules

At Retro Bits LA You can also...

  • Buy/Sell/Trade video games
  • Enjoy vintage video games on freeplay TVs
  • Join in on 3DS multiplayer & collect StreetPass tags
  • Eat fantastic pizza and drink delicious craft beers from Rose City Pizza

Click here to RSVP on the Facebook event page

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Tickets and hotel rooms available now for MAGFest 13 taking place January 23-26, 2015


It's the height of summer for some, but it is never too early to get excited for MAGFest! has recently announced that tickets and hotel registration are now available!

Registration and hotel booking open

MAGFest, the Music And Gaming Festival, returns to celebrate its 13th year of hosting the best gaming party in the known universe! Join us January 23-26, 2015 as we once again descend upon the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, MD, and kick off yet another four days of non-stop music, gaming, panels, vendors, and guests.

Tickets and discounted hotel rooms are now available! Pre-register now to save by getting our early bird pre-registration price, and book your hotel room in the Gaylord before we sell out like we did last year.

Street Fighter II Tournament and Retro Gaming Meet Up 8/10 in Los Angeles

It's time for another Retrobits LA tournament! Are you ready to pit your skills in one on one fist fights?

Visit Rose City Pizza in Rosemead, California on Sunday, August 10th to play and compete in

the original fighting game, Street Fighter II by Capcom.

Street Fighter II Tournament info available on our event page or the facebook event page.

Not trying to become the world's strongest warrior? Join us anyway to...

  • Buy/Sell/Trade video games
  • Play vintage video games on freeplay TVs
  • Play 3DS multiplayer & collect StreetPass tags
  • Eat fantastic pizza and drink delicious craft beers from Rose City Pizza

See you at Rose City Pizza Sunday, August 10th, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM!

Follow Retro Bits Social Club:

Spread the word! Use hashtag: #retrobitsLA

Sponsor Game N Train in Extra Life Charity Gam-a-thon

timthumb Game N Train, a website I contribute to  twice monthly, is seeking sponsorship in their effort to raise funds for Extra Life. Several staffers from Game N Train will be participating in a 25 hour game-a-thon to raise funds for Extra Life, Children's Miracle Network, and the participating hospital of their choice.

Head over to the charity event page over on Game N Train to learn more, and to find out how you can participate and help out a hospital near you.

Indiegogo: Support The Day After 3 Fundraiser!

996881_10151529139001487_895625050_n Channel Zero is holding a fundraiser to extend this year's Nerdapalooza by one more day. It is called The Day After 3, and Channel Zero say that support is necessary to achieve this goal. If you plan on attending Nerdapalooza 2013, and aim to get the most nerd for your money, this may be the fundraiser for you.

"Ever sit up at night and wish that the nerdiest of nerd music events, Nerdapalooza, would last just one more glorious night? Well here is your chance to make dreams come true."

This Indiegogo campaign has flexible funding, which means this campaign will receive all funds raised even if it does not reach its goal. The Day After 3 Fundraiser ends September 30, 2013.

The Day After 3 Fundraiser! The Day After Show is an amazing VIP party/concert that was created to add an extra day to the already awesome nerd music festival Nerdaplooza in Orlando, FL!

Here's the list of confirmed performers at this point, to which I will add as they are signed on board:

Benjamin Briggs DJ RoboRob Magitek Death*Star

...and many more to come!

Date of the show is Monday, Oct. 21st 2013.  "The Day After" Nerdapalooza!

CONTEST: Win Tickets to MC Chris, Dr. Awkward & more at the Troubadour in Los Angeles 08/07/13


I'm excited to announce that we are giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets ($30 value each) for MC Chris' Revenge of the Nerd 2 Tour!

The venue in question is the Troubadour in West Hollywod, CA. The event happens August 7th, and doors open at 8PM! (Official Event Link)

The concert will not only feature MC Chris, but fellow nerd emcees Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously, and Tribe One!

To win a pair of tickets, read the official rules below. Contest ends 11:59 PM PST Saturday August 3.

  1. Tell us what your favorite song is by any of the artists performing (MC Chris, Dr. Awkward, Jesse Dangerously, or Tribe One) on this page or the social media links below.
  2. Only one entry per site (, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+)
  3. MUST BE SUBSCRIBED to each specific social media site you enter the contest through.
  4. LEAVE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENT FORM if entering the contest via this post. This is so we can easily contact winners.
  5. You can only enter if leaving a comment or reply on/to the following specific links! LINK

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LA8Bit presents chiptune shows in Los Angeles January 18-20

Click for full size flyer

Los Angeles is all set for a chiptune/chipthrash/thrashchip invasion this weekend, and the party is going all weekend! As the flyer above states, the big show, Frequency 2.0, is happening at The Smell January 19th and 20th, but for those who can't even wait that long for some chiptune action,  there is also a preshow happening in Pasadena on the 18th.

Check out and the associated facebook page for full info.

Concert Shots: Zelda Symphony

Not too long ago, the currently touring Zelda Symphony brought its grand scores, moving sounds, and nostalgic moments to the Chicago Theatre. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses filled up the theatre, bringing together fans of all ages to see the performance of a lifetime, with the orchestra putting on a spectacular show to accompany the video projected onto the large screen behind them. Definitely a moving performance, and well worth the ticket price! [gallery link="file"]

Retro Gaming Night - September 29th, 2011 in Rosemead, CA @ Rose City Pizza

Later this month in Rosemead, California, Game Music 4 All will be having a brand new Retro Gaming Night! What is Retro Gaming Night? It's simply a night of video games, friends, music, and more video games! If you like any of the aforementioned things, then be sure to come on down.

Two televisions will have plenty of classic games to have a go at. There will also be loads of delicious pizza, hot dogs, and more, available fresh from the ovens of Rose City Pizza. We'll even have an arcade cabinet on free play. All of this will be punctuated by a performance from chiptune artist DJ Derp.

Just show up, eat some pizza, and play some video games, rock out. Simple as that.

Retro Gaming Night @ Rose City Pizza (Inside Rosemead Plaza) 3588 Rosemead Blvd. Rosemead, CA 91770

Spetember 29th, 2011 7PM - 9PM Free - All Ages

Super I Am 8 Bit returns August 11th in Los Angeles with over 100 artists, performances by DJ R-Rated, A_Rival, and Leeni

If you are anywhere near Los Angeles, or can get here by August 11th without leaving too many ruined lives in your wake, then make sure to not miss out on the return, and upgrading of I Am 8 Bit to the Super I Am 8 Bit art show. The use of the word 'Super' is not being taken lightly either. Along with the first new show in a few years, they return with a brand new book release. The show itself is planned to feature the work of over a hundred artists, all of which will be on display in a spacious new venue.

The gallery will run from August 11th on through September 10th, but only opening night will host sure to be amazing performances by chiptune musician and singer Leeni, and chip-hop lyricist A_Rival. While getting nostalgiac as you walk the gallery, DJ R-Rated will be spinning some classic video game inspired mixes to get you in that gaming mood. Finally, no video game tribute could be complete without some interactive art, which will be on display opening night as well, such as an enormous "arcade cabinet" (their qotations, not mine.) and a retro hack for Kinect.

[Concert Shots] Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, Rehearsal!

Game Music 4 All was given a rare privilege not too long ago-- on the day of June 25th, I took up my invitation to shoot none other than the Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy rehearsal, just a day before their latest Chicago show took place. Below are some shots from the rehearsal. The crew combined with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra make for one charismatic bunch! [gallery order="ASC" orderby="ID"]

Obsolete presents 8 Bit Weapon, ComputeHer, Bubblegum Octopus, and Yatagarasu August 6th in Los Angeles

A new month means a brand new Obsolete! This Saturday, head down to piXel [+] freQuency for a star studded night of chiptunes. LA's finest, 8 Bit Weapon and ComputeHer are joined by elite out of towners, Bubblegum Octopus and Yatagarasu. All this will be bookended by the beats of DJ Mike Haggar.

Doors open at 8:30, and tunes will be bumping all night long, costing a recession friendly price of $5 at the door. For directions and more information, head over to the official site

Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque Review by Neal Morrison

Hey everyone, sorry about the lack of updates these days, GM4A is going under a bit of restructuring, but don't fret. I know you have been crying yourself to sleep waiting for those awesome updates on the world of VG music and culture, but weep no more, for good pal Neal 'Neally' Morrison has a great review of the recent show in his hometown in Chicago. Read on for the full report! ------

A week ago a friend of mine was holding a event at the upstairs of a bar in Chicago and while walking down the street a poster caught my eye. It was Princess Peach from Super Mario Brothers, growing up a nerd who would rather spend time in front of a Nintendo than walk two houses over to play with his friends, I was interested. "Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque" stared me in the face. The poster more then had my attention at this point and when I got home I contacted the venue and made an appointment for the next weeks show.

I want to mention how nice the venue was, this was my first time attending the Gorilla Tango Theatre and from *e-mails to the venue to actually going to the show, everyone was extremely easy to work with, in the lobby you can purchase beer and wine for the show. Inside the venue itself is a very intimate room with a stage at ground level with a curtained off door at the back, and the walls were decorated with familiar bricks and question mark boxes.

As the crowd began to fill up the room (and it was a sold out show.) a buzz of excitement filled the air, the lights lowered and a girl steps out behind the curtain, holds up a Nintendo Gamecube controller and hits the start button followed by our old heroes Mario and Luigi dancing onto the stage to the Mario theme thus beginning the show.

The story of the show, which while admittedly is a bit silly, reminded me a lot of the old 80s "Super Mario Brothers Super Show" live segments. I can imagine "Captain" Lou Albano and Danny Wells dressed as women and following a similar script, however there was no need for that, all the characters were played by very "beautiful ladies".

The characters from the game are well adapted into the show things like Toad having Mario and Luigi win "Items", Luigi's frightfulness and Bowser's exaggerated laugh gave me a feeling of nostalgia. Many game references were made throughout the show, which felt very well placed keeping the show honest to its reference material.

The burlesque dances were well done, and were performed in a way where they did not take away from the story going on the visuals on some of the dances were very interesting especially for many of the villains like Boo and the Koopa Troopa.

Altogether I felt the show was well thought out and extremely enjoyable I had to put my camera down many times because I laughed so much, I really cannot express how funny the show and the actors in it were. from video game references to the small mannerisms Mario expressed, the crowd laughed the whole way through and left the show feeling great.

Boobs and Goombas is playing at The Gorilla Tango Theater, 11pm Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. Ticket information can be found at

* I want to thank Kelly the Marketing/PR Coordinator for Gorilla Tango for being such a pleasure to work with at making this review happen.

Click through to check out the rest of the photos!

Game Music 4 All Christmas Concert this Friday in Alhambra, CA 12/17/10

Just posting up a reminder that we are having our final concert of the year this Friday! Check out the full information through this link.

You can also purchase tickets at for $10. Tickets will be $15 at the door, so be sure to preorder!

Also tell us you are attending on facebook: facebook event page

Details: Friday, December 17th Doors Open 7PM $10 Presale Tickets $15 At the door

Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main St Alhambra CA 91801

Game Music 4 All Christmas Concert 12/17/10

Purchase tickets at (presale tickets are now available to order!) Tell us you are attending on facebook: facebook event page

The weather is turning cold and the nights are growing longer, and it looks like it is the perfect time for another Game Music 4 All concert! On Friday December 17th, 2010 be prepared to dance the cold away with a night of amazing chiptunes and nerdcore!

December 17th, at 7PM at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA some of the best chiptune and video game inspired musicians in California will come together to celebrate the gamer season. Not only that, but there will be some cool merchandise for sale, as well as classic and modern video games on freeplay throughout the night! Celebrate the holidays surrounded by the bleeps and bloops of your childhood. Relive the sounds of classic video games and dance the night away!

Speaking of artists, performers include...

A_Rival ( virt ( EvilWezil ( Wet Mango ( Mike Bleeds ( Wizwars ( Flying Fortress ( and DJ sysop providing video game inspired tunes throughout the night

Details: Friday, December 17th Doors Open 7PM $10 Presale Tickets $15 At the door

Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main St Alhambra CA 91801

We have a winner for the Video Games Live Contest!

The Video Games Live contest has ended, and the winner is none other than Anthony Barnes. Congratulations! We'll be in touch with you to get you some more information on claiming your two tickets.

To the rest of you who entered, don't feel too bad-- there are still plenty of tickets for Video Games Live performances in Chicago, and a myriad of other areas. You can see a full list of them here!

Video Games Live Contest!

Video Games Live is a musical project that needs no introduction-- Tommy Tallarico and others have given it more than enough of a reputation as one of the biggest live orchestrated game music concerts touring to date. And with those tours, comes contests!

November 6th is a big date for Chicago. Video Games Live will be hosting a performance at the Chicago Theatre, and GM4A will be playing host to a ticket giveaway of sorts. Simply send in an email to with the subject "Video Games Live contest" with your first and last name, and an email address we can reach you at, by October 31st. The winner will be notified by email on November 1st to receive their prize of ~two tickets~ to the Video Games Live show on November 6th in Chicago.

If you don't live in the Chicago area, don't feel too left out. Video Games Live has tour dates across the nation and through until 2010. A highly recommended performance for any orchestral or game music fan, you can see all of their tour dates listed here.