The biggest retro gaming convention in Texas, Classic Game Fest, just keeps getting bigger by the day! Already one of the top ten largest retro gaming events in the US for 2014, Classic Game Fest will expand to over 25,000 square feet of exhibit space including a huge vendor area to buy and play classic video games, consoles, merchandise, and more! The 7th annual Classic Game Fest will be an event to remember attracting over 4,000 gamers from all over Texas and beyond.
At Classic Game Fest 2014, over 20 local Texas-based artists will be on hand to create and sell unique gamer-inspired arts and crafts. Retro game tournaments will be going on all weekend long at massive tournament/demo areas and projected onto the walls for the entire crowd to enjoy! Live video game music performances including VGM rock bands, chiptunes artists, hip-hop performers, and comedy acts that gamers of any age will absolutely love will rotate on stage. Costume contests for amateur, professional, and best group/mash-up will be held and led by international cosplay star MarieDoll. Also featured at CGF will be a free play arcade featuring over 20+ classic stand up arcades from the 80s and 90s along with an amazing video game museum.
EXHIBITORS / VENDORS / GUESTS
- MarieDoll – international cosplay star and recording artist. She will be the official MC and guest judge of all costume contests at CGF2014. This year, costume contests include amateur, professional, and best group/mash-up divisions.
- Darrel Spice – Game designer and homebrew master to show off and talk about creating new games for the classic Atari consoles.
- Brett Weiss – Author of the “Classic Video Games” series of books documenting the entire history of gaming.
- Ernie Cline – Best-selling author of Fanboys and Ready Player One
- ACC – Austin Community College Gaming Program – get valuable information on how you can make a living making video games.
- Nerdcore Comedy showcase featuring Alex Ansel – Laugh out loud comedy for nerds, by nerds.
- Austin Toy Museum – Dedicated to opening a massive classic toy museum featuring action figures, toys, and of course – video games!
- Extra Life Gaming Charity – raising money for the Dell Children’s Hospital Foundation. Also a percentage of ALL profits from wristband sales at Classic Game Fest are being donated to this wonderful children’s hospital in Austin, TX.
- Free play arcade! – Come play over 20 classic stand up arcades from the 80s and 90s.
- Retro Gaming tournaments – Go for true retro gaming glory with over 14 tournaments for valuable prizes, trophies, and bragging rights!
- Star Wars 501st – local Star Wars fan group will be out in “force” for photo ops and featuring classic Star Wars video games to play at their booth!
- Ghostbusters ATX – local Ghostbusters fan group ain’t afraid of no ghosts and they’ll be set up at CGF to take photos and play vintage Ghostbusters video games with fans.
- Game Over Videogames – tons of retro game systems, games, and accessories for play and for sale! Plus, game repairs and a game buyback booth.
- Vintage Video Game Repair booth – get those old cartridge batteries replaced, new NES pin connectors, N64 analog sticks, and much more – quickly and easily!
- Cash For Games – Video game buyback booth, so bring in your old games and trade them for cash!
- Video Game Museum – come see everything from the original Atari all the way up to Xbox presented by Game Over Videogames.
- Plus many more exciting vendors, sponsors, special guests, and fun for the whole family!
LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
- MEGARAN – AKA Random
- David Ramos – Ocarina master
- Decendants of Erdrick
- Gimmick – the video game band
- The Returners
- Doug Funnie
- Codename Trigger Thumb
- 1up – Creative Mind Frame
- DJ Roborob
- Ten Pixels Tall
- NAVI – the Smash Bros band
DAY ONE – AUGUST 16, 2014
- ALL DAY – Speed Runs all day long – Mario, Sonic, ET
- 10:00am – NAVI (live Smash Bros tribute band – you play Smash while the band plays!)
- 11:00am – Smash Bros Melee – Kids tournament (15 and under)
- 11:10am – Code Name Trigger Thumb (VGM rock)
- 12:00pm – Killer Instinct – SNES tournament (all ages)
- 12:10pm – Ten Pixels Tall (chiptunes)
- 12:30pm – Alex Ansel – Nerdcore/Comedy showcase
- 1:00pm – Darrel Spice, Jr. – Atari homebrew presentation (followed by Q&A)
- 2:00pm – Cosplay Contest – Kids (15 and under) – Special guest MarieDoll
- 2:15pm – Cosplay Contest – Adults (16 and over) – Special guest MarieDoll
- 2:45pm – Cosplay Contest – Team/Mash-up (all ages) – Special guest MarieDoll
- 3:00pm – Smash Bros Melee – Casual tournament (16 and over)
- 3:15pm – Medieval Mayhem – Atari 2600 tournament (AtariAge booth)
- 3:30pm – MonsterVision (chiptunes)
- 4:00pm – Droidekka (VGM rock)
- 5:00pm – 1-up/Creative Mind Frame (Nerdcore/Hip-hop)
- 5:30pm – Doug Funnie (Nerdcore/Hip-hop)
- 6:00pm – MEGARAN aka Random featuring K-Murdock! (Nerdcore/Hip-hop)
- 7:00pm – End of Day One
DAY TWO – AUGUST 17, 2014
- ALL DAY – Speed Runs all day long – MegaMan, Adventure, Donkey Kong Country
- 10:00am – Crayonoid (chiptunes)
- 10:30am – DJ Roborob (chiptunes)
- 11:00am – Gimmick! – The Video Game Band (VGM Rock)
- 12:00pm – Mario Kart 64 tournament (all ages)
- 12:10pm – Star Wars 501st – Premiere of Trailer for short film “DVMC”
- 12:30pm – LateBit @ CGF – Gamer Trivia Challenge!
- 1:00pm – The Returners (VGM Rock)
- 1:00pm – Ernie Cline – Meet/Greet (author FANBOYS and READY PLAYER ONE)
- 2:00pm – Smash Bros Melee – Pro level tournament (by invitation only!)
- 3:00pm – Ernie Cline – Meet/Greet (author FANBOYS and READY PLAYER ONE)
- 4:00pm – David Ramos – Live Ocarina performance (yes, that Ocarina!)
- 4:30pm – Greightbit (chiptunes)
- 5:00pm – Descendants of Erdrick (VGM Rock)
- 6:00pm – End of Day Two
Artist booths are already SOLD OUT, and only a few game and merchandise vendor booths are still available! For information on booth pricing and availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For up to date CGF news and updates, check us out on Facebook.
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