Last weekend was a huge weekend in Austin gaming wise with the Brick Fest Live Lego Fan Experience, Bullock Museum’s opening of the Classic Game Expo and lastly the Classic Game Fest 2017. Crazy enough I attended all 3 over the weekend!
The Classic Game Fest 2017 was my last gaming event of the weekend. The Classic Game Fest 2017 is the biggest RETRO video game convention in Texas and one of the top 10 in Unites States. This year will mark their 10th anniversary and included more than 119 Vendors and covered over 70,000sf of exhibit and vendor space.
I covered the Classic Game Fest last year so I knew what I was walking into before entering the Palmer Events Center. The Palmer Event’s center is huge and as I entered the convention center I saw a myriad of gaming tournaments on huge screens, classic games on display, pinball machines, playable arcade games and playable classic games.
The largest amount of games at the Classic Game Fest 2017 were the arcade games. As you can see how many people were lined up to play old school arcade games like Donkey Kong and Pacman.
There were ton of kids and parents alike playing on classic gaming consoles throughout the Classic Game Fest 2017 event. Of course I am always going to play Super Mario Bros at these type of conventions, it’s my favorite!
The pinball machines were oddly not as packed as the arcade games. Attendees could just walk up and play them with no wait. They did have a nice collection of pinball machines but I’ve seen better.
What’s a convention without a little music? Classic Game Fest 2017 had 20 live bands throughout the event. My favorite performance was my very good friend TekForce who is a Gaming Hip Hop Emcee based in Dallas. He performed some awesome raps that included: Devastator SDF-1, Spirit Bomb, New Game + Remix, Stuck in a Bit World, Optimal and Ichiban.
He also had two guest performers, Mega Ran and 1-up, that were equally as awesome! In all it was a great performance from TekForce and his guest performers Mega Ran and 1-up.
See you all next year!
Source: Classic Game Fest 2017