A few more interesting pictures here to close this out.
The Sunday event is considered "family day" so there were a number of kids around. Would be interesting to hear what they thought of some of the older arcade game consoles and older video games. I know in the console room a bunch flocked to the 360 that had God of War running on it. But with the Quake LAN there were quite a few younger kids playing. I suspect they were the damn spawn campers!
Someone had brought in a Fix it Felix, from the movie Wreck it Raph.
They put it in one of the hallways on Saturday and was being played pretty often. Neat stuff.
The highlight in the show for me was getting to play Cactus Canyon Continues. Cactus Canyon was the last Bally DMD pinball released before pushing out their two Pinball 2000 tables that were the very last (Star Wars: Ep 1 and Revenge from Mars). Before the Cactus Canyon team could finish the game they dismantled the team and released less than 1,000 units with its incomplete code. So the game came out a bit unpolished and missing a few modes. So a guy who owned the machine decided to add in a few of the missing modes, add some new modes, hire one of the original voice actors to record more lines, then took the machine to the show.
I've been playing the Pinball Arcade version of Cactus Canyon quite a bit, loving it in its incomplete form, so I was very interested in checking out Cactus Canyon Continued.
The table was tucked away in one of the corner hotel rooms so wasn't getting a lot of traffic. I was able to spent a bit of time playing it and talking to the project creator. He was nice enough to set up several of the new modes to trigger for me. It turned out to be my highlight from the show.
The vendor hall was downstair in another part of the hotel I didn't even manage to see the first day. I wish I had since there were even more games tucked away on the walk over there I would have loved spending more time playing. But by Sunday I was pretty pooped and ready to head back so just walked around the vendor hall which was crowded as hell but had a ton of video game related stuff to check out.
If you're looking to buy any old console games oor even some hard to find PC games, this is definetly the place to be. I have a feeling next year I'll pick up one of those Retcon 5 machines and then buy a bunch of cheap video games from the vendor hall at the show.
I was kinda surprised to see a number of sealed Atari 2600 games too. I probably haven't see this many Atari 2600 games since the 80's at KB Toys.
And if you ever need cables for anything. This looks to be the place to get them.
Another nice thing about the hall was that there were some playable games tucked here in there including a few rare ones. Like a Tapper machine that was a Budwiser Tapper instead of the typical RootBeer Tapper - could get that for $1,500. And a Joust 2. I really wanted to play that Joust 2 but right after some people finished playing the game died or the screen turned off or something so didn't get to play it but took this sad screenshot of it.
So that was the gist of what went on there. The venue was bursting at the seams with games and people. But I kinda liked it that way as there seemed to be always something new you would discover just walking around. People for the most part were pretty friendly. Only had a few people who kept playing one game after another without looking behind them to see if anyone was waiting to play too. And only a few incidents of bad BO.
There were a few cosplayers too. One young woman dressed up in this sexy Bowser outfit (from Mario). And there was a fat guy with tits and a wig. Although I'm not 100% sure that was cosplay.
I'll probably make this a yeary thing as it was just a lot of fun, inexpensive, and there was plenty of stuff I wanted to check out that I just didn't have time for. Including playing the WoZ table. I'm waiting in line next year.