Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

February 20, 2014

Retro expo returns

Fourth annual Louisville arcade event upcoming

LOUISVILLE —  The Louisville Arcade Expo will return to the Ramada Plaza Convention Hall with its fourth annual event, set for March 7, 8 and 9.

More than 30,000 square feet of retro gaming will be available to attendees in the form of more than 100 arcade and pinball machines, including Donkey Kong, Galaga and Pac Man as well as Pinbot and Wizard of Oz.

Gaming systems from the 1970s. ’80s and ’90s, such as the Atari 2600, Commodore 64, NES, Colecovision, Sega Genesis, Playstation and N64 also will be available, all set on freeplay.

Louisville will be the second to last top on the Pinball Tournament circuit with more than $1,500 in cash and other prizes to be awarded.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as a favorite video game, anime or sci-fi character Friday to enter the costume contest. Music will be provided by Ultra Pulverize, Louisville’s futuristic electronic synthpunk rap group.

Music will be provided Saturday afternoon by DJ Bythe and DJ KDogg in the evening. Winner of a raffle of a full-sized Sega Hang On arcade machine and other prizes will be announced Saturday. Tickets for the raffle are $2 or two cans of  food to be donated to Dare to Care.

Throughout the event, seminars and panel discussions will be presented featuring experts, including “The History of eSports” by Mike Bisson; a discussion on pinball customization by SkitB Pinball, and a talk with featured guest speaker and Legendary Pinball designer John Trudeau.

 

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