Classic Gaming Expo™ General Information
This page is up-to-date as of
August 04, 2012
Classic Gaming Expo enters its
13th year as the world's first and
largest event paying tribute to the people, systems and games of
yesteryear. This year's event will be the biggest and best
ever, with lots of surprises to be announced as the show draws near!
The show is open to the public, gamers of all ages are
welcome. Kids 8 years old and under come free.
Show hours will be posted after the date and place is announced on the
home page. The Classic Gaming Expo
schedule will contain
more details and is posted just prior to the show.
The location of this year's event will be announced on the home page. You'll get updates on the front page or
visiting the CGE Forum at the
Meet the Legends of video gaming! Dozens of video gaming's
"alumni" will be present. In recent years the show has featured
dignitaries such as Nolan Bushnell, Ralph Baer (the "father of home video games"),
Steve Wozniak, Al
Alcorn (the creator of Pong), Don Bluth (former Disney artist who
crafted Dragon's Lair and Space Ace), David Crane (Pitfall!,
Dragster), Katz, Kunkel and Worley (Electronic Games, Sega Visions),
Jay Smith (designer of the Vectrex), and many more. This year's list of
attendees can be found on the guests page and will be updated regularly
as the show draws near.
These greats will be speaking at a series of keynotes that extend
from the beginning of the day on Saturday through the end of the day
Sunday, and will also be on hand to meet and greet attendees and sign
autographs. Bring your games!
The CGE Museum features THOUSANDS of items including many
one-of-a-kind gaming artifacts! The museum contents change with each
year so you're always guaranteed to see something new that's probably
quite old - and rare. At well over 6000 square feet, this is the largest exhibit
of its kind in the world.
The CGE Classic Arcade features dozens of coin-op machines set to
free play. Revisit the games of yesteryear and see why there's no era like
the classic era.
Classic game consoles are set up along the main floor interior. Bring
back some memories of your Atari 2600, Vectrex, Nintendo NES, Sega Genesis...
with lots of popular and rare games to try out.
Live musical entertainment, featuring some very talented artists
who bring classic game themes to life, past events have included the
talents of 8-Bit Weapon, Tony Fox NYC,
The Minibosses, FirestARTer, and the C-Men. To browse this
year's schedule, click here.
Prizes and tournaments at every turn, including special events sponsored
by Intellivision Productions and Digital Press.
Each year, new games are debuted and released. This information is
typically saved until very close to the show, so check the front page for
updates. In years past the show debuted CGE Services' Elevator Action
and Looping for Atari
2600, OlderGames.com Mighty Mighty Missile for Sega CD,
Atari2600.com Bristles for the Atari 5200 and Good
Deal Games' ColecoVision 14-in-1 Pack. To check out a sampling of
this year's releases, click our merchandise
A live auction is held on Saturday night after the show, where many
rare and one-of-a-kind items are put on the block. You could end up
getting the deal of a lifetime!
Participate in the "Swap Meet", where we will have a
dedicated room for collectors and retro gamers to get together for some wheelin' and
The show is always covered by local media as well as the industry's
household names: G4 (X-Play, Filter, Icons), GameSpy, 1UP.com, CNN and Retrogaming Radio
broadcasted/reported live from past years of this show. Media passes are available upon
Dozens of exhibitors with classic gaming ware will be on hand.
Past participants include 4Jays, Atari Age, Atari2600.com,
B&C Computervisions, Digital Press,
Intellivision Productions, Jakks Pacific, Konami, Midway, OlderGames.com, Packrat
Games, Songbird Productions, Ubi Soft, Twin Galaxies and many more. Be sure to check out the
page for details on each, as this grows quickly closer to
Don't miss special events hosted by our show's exhibitors, like Classic Video Game Jeopardy, the Nintendo
World Championship redux tournament, or the high-score and
head-to-head competitions hosted by various exhibitors.
Every year presents new fun, games, and prizes around every corner.
Volunteers: If you'd
like to volunteer to assist at Classic Gaming Expo, we always appreciate a
About us: Meet the
Classic Gaming Expo