I had a great time with friends last weekend enjoying a huge dollops of retro gaming awesome-ness at Retro Revival. Chris and Craig sure did put on one hellava show!
The venue was rammed wall to wall with happy gamers, retro consoles of all ages, computers, handhelds, arcade machines, exhibitions, and vendors. The great thing about this particular venue is that it was all spread over a different areas rather than being crammed into one room. You could browse along the corridors as you headed out to the bar, or seek shelter and a little quiet time in the chillout zones were you’ll find the cocktail cabinets.
Part of the main room. Bottom left is Roger Kean of Newsfield magazines and producer of the tablets of my youth, Zzap64 and Crash magazine. Behind him, sadly not in shot is the one and only cover artist Oli Frey.
My colleagues and friends from from the Retro Computer Museum had been allocated a really nice spot nestled between rows of classic arcade machines allowing Andy and co. to setup a great selection of systems and showcasing some of their rarer gear.
I also spotted Andy’s C64 had picked up a few more signature from the VIP’s attending the weekend too. Surely, the making of one highly sought after C64!
The Centre For Computing History also had a fascinating hands on display that charted pretty much all of the popular (and not so popular) video consoles right from the early Pong based systems such as the Odyssey through the various generations 8,16, 32 and 64 bit consoles and computers.
I’d forgotten how big the Atari 5200 actually is considering the size of the 2600 and 7800 models. Even the trackball module is a hefty ‘ol beast. I spent quite some time here playing Missile Command etc.
Roll up, roll up, the Carnivals in town….o.k so on the Woody it’s a bit iffy, but I just love this game (especially on the Colecovision) and am game whenever I come across it……
…..and In this instance it was part of the entrance to the Videogamecarnival where you can play, amongst other things, on giant Gameboys!
..and the Fruitcade, which uses real fruit as controls! It’s the weirdest game of Space Invaders I’ve ever played…and the sharpest (thanks Pineapple) Start button I’ve ever used too!
There was also plenty of arcade machines to play on including classics like Defender, Pole Position, Centipede, Star Wars, Outrun and Phoenix as well as a good selection of Neo Geo MVS cabinets.
and an old favourite I can play on for hours.
One of the many gaming exhibits – the Wall of Video Game History.
..and after many years, I finally got to go on another Virtual Reality. The owner mentioned that this particular model is based around a Commodore Amiga 3000.
He’s behind you StiGGy!
Sadly, on the day, there wasn’t much in the way of Pinball, but the handful of tables were fun all the same. I’ll have to wait until August to get my fix as the UK Pinball party are hosting a 140+ table event :-O
There was also plenty of homebrew gaming to sample too on both older and modern devices and plenty of the programmers around to to get chatting to. I’ve amassed quite a list of titles I’ll be looking at in greater detail and I’ll post more about these later on.
Spotted in the wild, was a full size working replica of Fix it Felix arcade cabinet ported by Jim Bagley and housed in a custom cabinet by Turnarcades and one of those new Commodore 64 PCs.
I picked up a few things from the trade vendors including an internal DiVIDE unit for my Speccy +3 (or +2), a minty fresh mk1 Gameboy (and a few carts), a couple of 3DO games, a couple of C64 big box game bundles, some classic game magazines to add to the collection and a couple of LED arcade buttons for my Mame cab (or next project).
All in all, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend in the company of some great friends. Lets hope that this is only the beginning of more to come.
Here’s a great walkthru video showing most of the areas and all the cool stuff one could play with.