California Extreme 2011

by Josh

California Extreme 2011 is here this weekend.  Mike and I will be there this Saturday to play an obscene amount of old coin-op games and I plan on schooling him on some Capt. Fantastic pinball…why was Elton John’s image on a pinball machine, well hopefully I’ll find out why at this convention. We’ll be sure to update everyone on our retro arcade experience.  Below is a description of the event I pulled directly from the CAX website.  If any of you have time to check this out, I strongly recommend you go and support these hobbyists/collectors who are willing to demo all these coin-op games and let us play these games to our heart’s content:

Arcades were once a fixture on the American urban landscape, and games were plentiful in rural cities too. The closest heir of today is the so-called “Family Entertainment Center”, which is populated with a myriad of devices designed only to take your coins quickly and leave you with a pile of tickets, which you exchange for cheap, trashy toys. This is entertainment? California Extreme was born with a desire to share fun coin op games that are in the hands of private collectors, and to hopefully spread the word that pinball machines were once plentiful, and that videogames were not synonymous with “martial arts” and violence. Buy/sell/trade! The show is a great place to bring games you want to sell, and also a good place to add to your collection, or even start it! Not all games will be for sale; many collectors bring games to show (or show off!) that they would never sell. So .. Can I play the stuff? Yeah .. Everything is on free play. You can play from the moment you arrive until we shut off the power at closing — Play as many games as you want, in whatever order you want to. There are *HUNDREDS* of games, all set to play for free. This is a your chance to try those older games, or the newer games that you’d never put money into in an arcade. There are also many games that never got produced, and are very hard to find.”

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