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Classic Games (Games)

Classic Gaming Expo 2007 14

Posted by Zonk
from the your-gaming's-so-old dept.
This past weekend Game|Life went to Vegas, to attend the annual Classic Gaming Expo event. They came back with a bevy of tales about the show. The best include a short interview with Pitfall creator David Crane, a look at the classic games museum set up every year at the event, and (of course) glamour shots of dealer swag.
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Classic Gaming Expo 2007

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  • by AKAImBatman (238306) <akaimbatman@gma i l . c om> on Monday July 30, 2007 @10:38AM (#20043339) Homepage Journal
    For those of you in the East or Midwest who can't make it to Vegas for the CGE, I highly recommend hitting the Midwest Gaming Classic Show [midwestgamingclassic.com] each year. Over the years it has grown into a bit of a mini-CGE with all the same features of classic vendors, arcade games, a museum with some very interesting pieces, talks given by both industry giants and classic-gaming community leaders, and all kinds of interesting people to talk to about ancient hardware, games, and the business of days gone by.

    Unfortunately, the MGC already passed by this year. However, the next show will be in March, so mark your calendars for March 29th and 30th, 2008 in Oconomowoc, WI!
  • What interview? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    There's nothing about "a short interview" with David Crane, just a couple pictures and a rambling story about how hard it was to get a working copy of Pitfall for the background.
  • I don't get it. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Aladrin (926209)
    I liked quite a few 'classic games' and have a few favorites still, as any decent geek does. But I don't understand the need to drive/fly a thousand miles to hang out with a bunch of people that want to sell me overpriced original copies of games that existed decades ago that I can PURCHASE through other means on my currently existing equipment at a fraction of the cost.

    It's not like anything has changed. You aren't going to learn anything new. You won't suddenly have a new appreciation for Pitfall if yo
    • by ClosedSource (238333) on Monday July 30, 2007 @11:45AM (#20044361)
      I don't think that the expo is primarily geared towards people who just play classic video games. It's a place where old fart video game programmers (like me, although I've never gone) can get together with their old friends and peers and reminisce about the "good old days" and "the crash".
    • You ever play Space Spartans? How about K.C.'s Crazy Chase? Avenger on the Colecovision? Robot Tank? Utopia? Pickaxe Pete? Anything Vectrex?

      If you answered "no" to any of those, then there's still plenty for you to learn/buy.

      It's not like anything has changed.

      Believe it or not, there are new homebrews coming out all the time. These homebrews benefit from 20 years of progress in video game theory, development, and general understanding of the hardware. As a result, some of them are simply incredible to behol

      • by iampiti (1059688)
        I can really confirm this. Many of the new homebrew games developed for the 2600 are comparable to the best commercial games made back in its time.
        It probably has to do with having better tools and the internet to share programming tips but what these people do with the venerable machine is incredible.
        If you ever had the 2600 go to atariage.com and check the homebrews

  • CGE is mostly about home consoles (though some folks usually bring some arcade cabinets), but there's a show next-next-weekend called California Extreme that's all about arcades:

    http://www.caextreme.org/ [caextreme.org]

    (The only thing that is 'extreme' is the nerdiness, but it's a fun show.)

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