So this thread didn't garner any interest but I went and I'll bring some of the expo to the forums. In all I had a blast yet again and am sure I'll be going next year as well.
This is basically a video game mecca for two days. The highlight of the show is the video game hall. This year it was moved in to the largest hall they had. And it was packed with even more arcade games than the previous year. Walking in to the hall for the first time was pretty incredible. Just games to play everywhere, larger than any arcade I visited in the 80s, and it was difficult to take it in all in the initial time in. The walls of the room just had arcade game after arcade game stacked next to one another. From Space Invaders to Mortal Kombat, all set to free-to-play. The middle of the room just had rows-and-rows of pinball machines. From the old electro magnetic machines to the latest Stern pinball games (Mustang/Star Trek/Metallica/etc). As I was able to pick up my tickets Friday night I was one of the first of the public to enter the room. It didn't stay uncrowded for long. An hour after it opened it was packed and stayed that way till Sunday when I left. Here's a video someone took of walking in to the arcade hall
when they first opened it to the public and walking around it - I think I was like a few people behind this guy.
The volunteer crew working there was fantastic. When I saw machines break down it wasn't long before a volunteer would come in and fix it. Machines that needed a bit more TLC would be shut down but in most cases were back up again when I came back later. So kudos to them.
The highlight for me was playing the pinball table Revenge from Mars
which is the sequel to Attack from Mars - one of the more popular pinball tables. The unique thing about this game is that it displays video on the table itself which appears in interactive 3D. Its a such a fun table I went back to it multiple times despite the lines.
Unfortunately I took my wife's camera and I couldn't figure out how to take any good shots in the dark of the arcade hall so I have basically two somewhat salvageable pictures. Here's one of them. There's actually a lot more arcade games to the right and behind me in this picture.
There were only a few custom pinball machines at the show but one that had constant lines was Predator. Basically only one of these exists currently. Didn't get to play it since each time I went by there were at least 5 guys waiting and knew my game would last about a minute. But it looked cool.
There were also Ben Heck's Spooky Pinball machines set up. These were kinda neat as last year at the show the machine on the left (America's Most Haunted) was in the early playable prototype stage. This year its basically done I think. The other machine, Pinball Zombies, only had the back glass and cabinet art complete last year. But this year it was a playable prototype. I played both of them and honestly didn't care for either.
The next place I spent a lot of time was the Video Game Museum. They moved this in to the second largest room and not only did they use the entire space given but it flowed out into the hallway outside. Basically in this room was every video game console you could possibly imagine and a bunch you've never heard of. All were playable.
But they also had a huge selection of vintage computers set up. There was a slew of Commodore's, Apple's, and Atari computers you could play games on. They even had an Apple I (yes #1) which was basically just a motherboard. But my highlight was my old computer the Apple //e. Recognize this game?
I played a full Oregon Trail for a good 10 minutes with someone standing near me watching the entire time. When I finished I was like "You were waiting all this time to play?" and he was like "Yup" and sat down and started his own game. Can't beat reliving some nostalgia.
There was other fun stuff in the room too like two player Joust being projected on the wall.
There were so many different odd controllers and joysticks in there. Some I recognized but others I had no clue existed. I tried working the Super Scope, that gun that looks like a bazooka, but couldn't figure it out so gave up. But was able to finally figure out the Virua On twin-stick controllers. I recall playing that game in the arcade and didn't realize they had a home version. Not sure which console this is for, but it was fun to play that again.
The light gun games were super popular in the room and they had a whole wall of them from various systems (no two alike). Here's showing the old and the new together.
But by far the most popular thing for me in the room was Doom 2 LAN. They had 4-player matches going and it was just a blast to revisit that game in multiplayer. You ended up using the Gravis Gamepads for playing but it actually worked once you got used to the controls.
Deadpool ended up sitting next to me and played a few round of Doom 2 LAN. You can add me as yet another super hero to kill him.
That's all for now. Will post some more pictures later showing some more oddities of the Video Game Museum, the various hidden mini arcades at the show, and the vendor hall/tent. I'll also post a picture of something I haven't seen in 32 years, nor even thought about in all the time, but it gave me the biggest nostalgic kick I ever had as soon as I saw it. And may for some of you too.