Classic Game Fest 2015

Published On July 27, 2015 | Convention Review

This is our review of Classic Game Fest 2015 – a celebration of retro video games. CGF is an annual convention held in Austin,TX at the Palmer Events Center featuring classic video games, retro game tournaments, game-related artists/vendors, free play arcades, and LIVE video game music performed July 25th and 26th. You will not find Twitch, any DLC or Ventrilo/Teamspeak.  If you wanted to play with friends, you actually had to go to their house. This was all about Retro Gaming.

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It was two days of action packed gaming, from the Atari 2600 to Nintendo to stand up arcade cabinets and pinball machines. The event is organized by David Kaelin, owner of Game Over Video Games, and staffed by the employees of Game Over. What fans found this year was quite a lot of action from gaming tournaments, artists, video game music, fan groups, and cosplayers.  Classic Game fest brought in more more than 4,500 people to the Palmer Events Center.

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This years speakers brought in for the event were the best and worst of gaming. The guests for this years CGF were Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima Series, Ultima Online, Tabula Rasa, and his new game Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 creator Howard Scott Warshaw was there to discuss the game and also the infamous New Mexico landfill dig. We also had Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, and his new book Armada was on hand to discuss his love of video games and to sign copies of his book. It was also great to see king of all things nerd, Harry Knowles at CGF and chatting about video games, movies, and his passion about everything geek.

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There were a multitude of bands performing at Classic Game Fest including Descendants of Erdrick and San Antonio’s ocarina player David Erick Ramos as well as Bitforce, Droidekka, and Doug Funnie. Overall it was a great experience for us at the Nerd 411 and we are looking forward to next years Classing Game Fest 2106 with double the space and fun!

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