MAGWest tickets are now available! for $50 you get the basic pass to attend all three days! Just head on over to:https://west2017.uber.mag...uber/preregistration/form
The host for this event, the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency, will be more than happy to take your room reservations:https://aws.passkey.com/e.../48965238/owner/2281/home
There are a lot of other hotels in the immediate area, many a decent walking distance away, which you can check out here:https://www.tripadvisor.c...nta_Clara_California.html
All of these lodgings are just a 10-15 minute shuttle ride from Mineta San Jose International Airport:http://www.sjc.org
And here are the airlines that go through SJC, which includes Southwest, American, Alaska, Air Canada, and other carriers:http://www.sjc.org/airlines
Oddly enough, I'm not very familiar with the South Bay independent video game shop scene. However, there are a few places nearby-- both geekin' and not-so-geekin'-- that you might find of interest:
Levi's Stadium is just a short walk from from the convention. Sign up to tour it here:http://www.levisstadium.com/tours/
Just a mile south is California's Great America amusement park:https://www.cagreatamerica.com/
Aaaand a bit further north is the Computer History Museum in Mountain View:http://www.computerhistory.org/
Go a few more miles north, and you can take a gander at the California Historical Landmark known as "the birthplace of Silicon Valley:"http://www.hpmuseum.net/divisions.php?did=37http://www.hpmuseum.org/garage/garage.htm
Arguably the most notable San Jose landmark/tourist trap is the Winchester Mystery House:https://wmhonline.winches...e.com/Info.aspx?EventID=3
BTW I checked to see if there were any tours of the Apple main campus in Cupertino, or the U.S. subsidiaries of various vidya companies based in the south bay and peninsula. Sadly, but understandably, they keep pretty tight security in these places; unless you're a VIP or have connections, it's next to impossible to get an inside look.
More info to come...