Gamer's Rhapsody Is A New Midwestern Game Convention

by Tim Turi on Oct 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Video game conventions are a rare beast in the midwest. Here in Minnesota we see the occasional comic-con or anime convention, but rarely a game convention that brings fans together to celebrate the stories, characters, art, and music they love. Gamer's Rhapsody is coming to the Twin Cities next month with the aim to bring people together and bask in the warm glow of shared enthusiasm while staving off the encroaching winter.

Spanning the weekend of November 15 and 16, the first-year convention is designed to be a place for fans, artists, musicians, and developers to come together and share their mutual love for the medium. There will be panel discussing everything from the classical roots of video games to a "name that tune" contest. Gamer's Rhapsody will also have places for musicians to come together and jam or aspiring games artists an developers to show off their stuff to one another. Attendees will also be able to play some of the local indie games being brewed up here in Minnesota as well.

Saturday evening will feature a live concert aimed towards fans of video game music. Artists like Fez composer Disasterpeace, Shovel Knight composer Jake "virt" Kaufman, Nerd Enhanced Sound, and Dragon Book Fantasy II composer Dale North (formerly of Destructoid) will be putting on the show.

"What really makes me excited for Gamer's Rhapsody is the chance to meet people who share the same level of passion for video games as me, whether they are coming from across the country or right here in the Twin Cities," says Gamer's Rhapsody founder Thomas Spargo via press release. "I've been to all of the major video game concerts in the Twin Cities, but Gamer's Rhapsody will be more than just a concert. We strive to be a community. "

Other guests include Emily Reese from MPR's Top Score, a podcast about video game music, the Super Marcato Bros., OverClocked Remix, along with myself and some fellow Game Informer editors. More guests announcements are to follow.

Gamer's Rhapsody is happening at the Double Tree by Hilton in St. Paul, Minnesota from November 15-16. To learn more about Gamer's Rhapsody, visit the official website here.

(Disclaimer: Game Informer is a sponsor of this event.)